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    LHD cranks

    i want to run LHD when i can afford it so i'll stop ruining my chain and sprocket so much. i know you can get LHD cranks, but has anyone tried just swapping round standard cranks? i know theoretically the pedal threads might undo, but do they really? if u tighten them enough? what about modifying the left crank-arm itself so the chainring can be mounted on that side? anyone tried that?

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    Yes, my friend Nick has been running his Profile Race cranks backwards for at least three years now, without issue. Just make sure to use some Loc-Tite (*note* if you use the red Loc-Tite, and use too much, you'll have to heat up your pedal bosses with a blowtorch to get them off - no joke, I've had to do it with the spindle bolts on my ld Powerbites) and to really torque them down with a pedal wrench. Checking them every one in a while to make sure that they aren't coming loose isn't a bad idea, either.

    However, if you're doing this with pedals with a parralelogram-shaped body (ex: Odyssey Jim C, Wellgo MG-1, S&M 101), then the pedals will be backwards (in other words, the back end will taper up, and the front end will taper down, instead of vice-versa), so you'll probably want to swap the bodies of the left and right pedals, so that they're facing the proper direction.

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    nice-one. forgot the pedals would be backwards. is it easy to swap the bodies round?

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    Not really; it's a lot less time consuming with sealed pedals, though, since you don't have to deal with popping off the cap and making sure you don't lose any of the loose balls.

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    haha, ok, i'll give it a go when i can afford a new rear wheel

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