In the BLUG post, the sample/prototype looks like a white plastic. Was
that white plastic sample made by 3D printing? Or was it an SLA(*)? Or
did some artisan carve something? I know the actual shifters will be
aluminum, and I think it's cast aluminum. Is that right?
(*) SLA does not mean Symbionese Liberation Army in this context. It's
El Cerrito, CA
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 9:14:03 AM UTC-7, Grant @ Rivendell wrote:
> Short answer is: New washers seem fine. Longer answer is below.
> THey're still not breakproof, but they're a different plastic than the
> early ones, and none of these has broken. I've got a bristly take on those
> washers, probably not a popular one, but here it is--
> Plastic (of some sort) is an ideal material for a spacer/washer for this
> use. The old cruddy plastic was good enough unless it was abused, and when
> it failed the shifter still worked...and plastic failure posed to rider
> risk. Any hardware store has flat, wave, and split washers that can slide
> right in there and be a metal substitute and work well, but if one's thumbs
> are as big as one's big toes and the rest of the fingers are proportional,
> this rig can prove a little fussy, and it lacks the "key" that fits into
> the rectangular hole. (Tho once in place, it's solid). But Plastic Washer
> #2 has, so far after 4 years, proven to work 100 percent without breaking).
> This doesn't mean the first was defo. It was exactly the same as the
> original washer in the SunTour shifter. It just means it's more
> We sell those washers cheap in pairs, and it's those washers that'll go in
> the Silver-2 shifters. So they could be bought as backups, but considering
> their track record so far and the low-risk of a failure, buying more than
> one set of replacement washers is just supplying your heirs with tiny
> nothings to toss "later on."
> On a more personal level and if I can NOT speak for RBW for a second: I
> LIKE stuff that can wear out or break (as long as it's not constant) and
> that can be replaced and made good as new again. I did it for years with
> Campagnolo parts, and ball bearings in general, now and then a cup or a
> cone race.
> On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:54:36 AM UTC-7, Conway Bennett wrote:
>> Have you solved the wimpy plastic washer issue? Maybe a thick hard
>> rubber? I remember there were two types of action figures growing up:
>> brittle Gi joes who's thumbs broke off and these heartier more maliable
>> super heroes with a similar but durable Kung fu grip. I don't know why
>> silvers 1s trigger this memory but that's where my mind goes. In any case,
>> I learned my lesson and stocked up as I have silver 1s on noodles and cycle
>> thru them and chalk it up to regular maintenance.
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