Trigger Shifters VS Grip Shifters

The kind of gear shifts that you use on your bike will, more often than not, come down to personal preference. However, during a bicycle tour, using the right kind of gear shift can make navigating the hardest of terrains just that little bit easier. Whether you prefer a trigger gear shift or a twist gear shift, it is important to adjust your bicycle to the kind of tour that you’re completing.

Trigger Shifters:

Trigger shifts are a much more popular option for cyclists during tour time. They are both light action and easy on your hands and wrists, minimizing any chance of long term injuries. Furthermore, trigger shifts will leave a cyclist better prepared to quickly adjust their gears to changing terrain and weather conditions.

Double shifting, or, shifting the front and back gears simultaneously, is essential when undergoing a cycling tour. Double shifting allows the rider to achieve small, incremental gear changes that give more control over the speed of the bicycle and the difficulty of pedaling when adjusting to new conditions.

Double shifting is a natural component of trigger shifts, therefore, trigger shifts are almost always recommended whilst completing a road tour.

Twist Shifts:

Depending on the kind of cycling tour you’re undertaking, a twist shift may be more beneficial for a cyclist who is riding a mountain bike. Twist shifts are placed on the handlebar of a bike and usually also serve as the grip for the cyclist. Twist shifts are preferred by mountain bike riders as you do not have to remove your hands from the handlebars to shift gears.

This is critical if you’re dealing with rough or rugged terrain as it allows you to maintain control of your bike. This is not necessary whilst using a road bike because the tour course usually follows well built, smooth roads that do not require sharp twists or turns.

Twist shifts are most beneficial when used on mountain bikes, however, if you’re completing your tour on a road bike, it is recommended that you use trigger shifts.