I enjoyed the following and secretly wish we still used them: Bar ends. Yes they look funny now, and they would be horribly dangerous on today's wide bars, but damn I loved them for climbing. Pulling towards my hips was much better than pulling up. Rapid Rise derailleur (Top Normal). OK first off, when do you want the lightest, quickest shifting - when you are dumping a gear to climb something or when you are going to a harder gear? Climbing, of course. The trigger released the cable which moved a gear EASIER, not a gear harder. Plus BOTH hands did the same thing - triggers made it easier to pedal, thumbs made it harder to pedal - front and rear derailleur. And finally, when you broke a cable, you could still ride up a hill to get home because the default position was the easiest gear, not the hardest. Whatchu got?