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Old 03-27-13, 07:10 PM   #1
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looking for one handed operation

Just had a dude into the shop with a disability. He does have fingers on his right hand, but they are too short to engage normal components. I grew up with a kid with a similar disability, so not a huge deal for me. However I could use some pics of a one sided MT bike set up, might be my answer, might not but I need to see one to help me wrap my mind around it.
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mt bike means mountain bike? just guesses but...

internal gear hub with a left hand front brake and rear coaster brake? maybe a right hand thumb shifter under the bar to shift gears on the left hand side. (i think that would reverse it and make it work, but i'm not sure).
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Just had a dude into the shop with a disability. He does have fingers on his right hand, but they are too short to engage normal components. I grew up with a kid with a similar disability, so not a huge deal for me. However I could use some pics of a one sided MT bike set up, might be my answer, might not but I need to see one to help me wrap my mind around it.
Last time I visited www.mtb-amputee.com/mountainbikeridingtips.htm it had a number of pictures and descriptions of one handed mountain bike adaptations. I ride a one handed road bike, so can't vouch for any in particular, but there should be plenty of ideas there. If your guy isn't super aggressive, I'd recomment both brakes on a splitter to reduce clutter, but understand most mtn bikers want the ability to choose between front and rear.
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Should add--I use the splitter so I can run a standard brifter that only has one brake cable that needs to be split into two. If you're starting from scratch, there are commercially available dual pull brake levers.
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