Minutes before he died?
Not a great advert for bar end shifters...
Theres seems to be a few comments regarding aesthetics. From that piont of veiw it depends whether its a rider or a show peice, though again it would come down to personal preference unless it was a specific restoration.
I like to have a nice looking bike, but function always comes first as mine are all built to be ridden first and foremost.
After all that I still have to say down tube levers as I find bar ends weird looking as well as a pain to use, which is probably more down to not using them. Also being rather vertically challenged means I have quite small frames and bar ends just seem to get in the way.
Carlsberg dont build Singlespeeds but if they did.......they would probably look just like mine.
I've spent half my life on bikes.........the other half I wasted