One Street is a non-profit organization based in Prescott, Arizona. They have come up with a cool shifter that was Kickstarted last year, made from scrap aluminum and other household parts. Based on the age-old idea of the friction shifter, it can
The lever has only six parts, four are normal items and two are cast out of scrap aluminum. The shifter is ambidextrous, and works for either the front or rear derailleur.
Amazingly, this working shifter only costs $19.99. And on top of that, the money you spend is going to a non-profit that helps other cycling organizations, and also sells them licensed kits so the other groups can sell the shifter too. Check out the specs by clicking more…
There are a lot of different derailleur pull ratios, but all those are is specific measurements of cable that each click pulls. When you change over to a friction shifter, it can literally be compatible with any derailleur since you shift it by feel and sound into the proper gear. Pretty cool idea to make one from simple parts that can be replicated around the world, and then help other organizations make them too.
The mission of One Street is “To serve, with kindness and respect, leaders of organizations working to increase bicycling, including pedestrian, transit and social equity needs.” It is always good to know that your purchase can also help a good cause.
- Symmetrical – works on right or left side.
- Compatible with all bikes and all gear ranges, front and rear.
- Uses only six parts.
- Easily repaired and customized with common parts.
- Primitive casting using scrap aluminum.
- Simple, durable design for people who depend on their bike.
- Lever is slightly longer than others with a broad face for people with weak or injured hands.
- Supports upside-down bike during repair.
- Hose clamp is a common item found throughout the world.
- Friction is created by spring of stainless steel hose clamp and adjustable bolt tension.
- Bolt and nut are a common size, coarse thread; fits either an 11mm or 7/16” wrench.
- Nut rests inside recessed hex hole in bottom of base so bolt can be tightened easily from the top.
- Bottle cap visually emphasizes DIY design and functions as a slippery washer; customizable.
- Holes in bottle cap and hose clamp can be punched with large nail for easy repair and replacement.
It can also work to pull cables on yard equipment, small motorcycles, and boats. Those machines also use similar cables to pull throttles or chokes.