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Old 08-03-08, 06:56 PM   #1
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How Come LHD Did Not Take Hold?

A few years back when I thought about getting into street riding left side drive was available. Since most people are right handed it makes sense that grinding on the right side would be more natural. This would keep the crank and drive gear away from obstacles. What happened?
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Old 08-03-08, 07:10 PM   #2
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It's still around just not stock.
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You must be hiding under a rock.
There are plenty of bikes around that come with stock lhd.
And plenty of hubs too.
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You must be hiding under a rock.
There are plenty of bikes around that come with stock lhd.
And plenty of hubs too.
I don't live near a lbs or anything like that so no I didn't know they came stock but I know they have hubs that are LHD.
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haha. when i first saw the name of this thread, i was thinking acid hahahaah.

but i have a friend who went LHD for a while. he runs pegs right side, but he ended up just going back to RHD cause he said it was weird getting used to. i didnt think it would be a big deal.
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You must be hiding under a rock.
There are plenty of bikes around that come with stock lhd.
And plenty of hubs too.
Not under rock here. Just have not seen any of the major dedicated sport companies specing them in my current search. Given the fact that 28 & 25T sprockets a prevalent I guess that it is not as much of an issue as it once was to have pegs and drive on same side .
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word. no more big clunky 44-16 haha. unless youre sean burns of course.
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I know that one down side is that things wear out much sooner as they see more contact/friction in use.
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haha. when i first saw the name of this thread, i was thinking acid hahahaah.

but i have a friend who went LHD for a while. he runs pegs right side, but he ended up just going back to RHD cause he said it was weird getting used to. i didnt think it would be a big deal.
I was thinking limited slip differential
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I was thinking left-side drive, which was what Haro used to refer to it as on their completes.

I'm assuming that the reason it didn't stick around for completes is due to the switch to cassettes; Haro's completes, if memory serves me right, came stock as RHD but had F/W threads on both sides of the rear hub, and the kit included a LHD freewheel. It would be too expensive to make a cassette like that and it wouldn't be cost-effective to have LHD and RHD models of every complete, especially when it's generally beginners riding completes anyway, so that's my reasoning.
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Ok now a NooB question. What is the difference between a cassette and a freewheel?
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The difference is that the "braaap-braaap!" factor on a cassette is about 3.4 times greater than that of a freewheel.
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Since most people are right handed it makes sense that grinding on the right side would be more natural.
I'm right handed and more comfortable with grinding on the left side. I assume most other people feel this way too, since most completes come assembled RHD with the pegs on the left side.
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After Owsley got arrested in '67 it was just never quite the same. If you know who to ask though you can still find good clean liquid.

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I ride LHD and love it, I love it because I break chains when I grind w/ RHD.
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