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building a left-handed bike(10 posts)

building a left-handed bikehayaku
Dec 5, 2003 1:12 AM
I thought it through today while on my ride today and I want to build up my track bike with the drive train on the left side. As far as I can imagine the only problem might be that the chain would pull the gear in the opposite direction than it would if it was on the right. In other words, the force on the wheel would be the same as when slowing.

would this be a problem?

I think having a lefty bike would be pretty unique. I'm sure the track riders around here would look down their noses but that's fine by me. thanks gor your help.

Dec 5, 2003 4:49 AM
Need to loctite the pedals in to, or they will uncrew.
may have to reverse them on axles, too nmDougSloan
Dec 5, 2003 7:15 AM
No no, you use tandem cranks...SenorPedro
Dec 5, 2003 3:15 PM
When you set up a left hand drive bike you can use a set of the front position tandem crank arms. These feature the spider on the left arm with the appropriate pedal threading for using them as left-side drive. As far as the rear cog, thats why you have a lockring - this is not the application to use an old freewheel hub, make sure you have a hub with reverse lockring threading. You may want to locktite the cog on there for good measure or just tighten everything after every ride.

Check these pics out to see the cranks.
'Nother pic...SenorPedro
Dec 5, 2003 3:17 PM
There are also some BMX cranks that can be setup for left-side drive.
Thanks for the help.hayaku
Dec 6, 2003 12:33 AM
maybe I'll pass on the lefty bike idea for now. thanks anyway.

left side in practicewooden legs
Dec 7, 2003 12:02 AM
there's a nyc messenger who lost his right leg in an accident early in his life, he rides a fixed gear dura-cycle with the drive crank mounted on the left side and no crank at all on the right. i can't remember his name but he's been in a bunch of documentaries, "pedal" is the only one i can name off the top of my head.
left side in practicepopdan
Dec 7, 2003 12:32 PM
his name is Dexter Benjamin. if you do a google search for dexter and messenger, you'll find a few articles about him.
Here is a link to oneminneso
Dec 7, 2003 9:21 AM
From the Angry Bitter SingleSpeed Society website

Just one question:Alexx
Dec 24, 2003 6:57 PM

There's a wrench near me who did just this. By using an ungodly amount of loc-tite on his retaining ring (the nasty blue type, I might add...) and his pedals, he was finally able to have his contaption hold together on extended rides. No, he couldn't come up with a valid reason for doing it, either...

Really, now-most of us enjoy our fixies because they are SIMPLE!! Having to screw around with all these other issues seems counter-productive.