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    My wife had a question about this, "If the chain was on the other side
    would the bike go backwards?"!

    Remember guys, she is a lawyer, no an engineer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Standardization. To put it on the left side, you'd have to come up with an entire new drivetrain's worth of parts. And the frame would need the dropouts switched. Disclaimer: A tandem puts the captain's chainring and timing chain on the left side.
    This...

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    What I want to know is why the front hand brake is on the left side? Most people are right handed, so shouldn't the brake that supplies the most braking power be at the hand that has the most gripping power?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post

    ~Our hearts (which are big, heavy organs) are located on our left, which makes us asymmetric bipedal primates more prone to tip that way.
    Well, we can count that out out for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BHOFM View Post
    My wife had a question about this, "If the chain was on the other side
    would the bike go backwards?"!

    Remember guys, she is a lawyer, no an engineer.
    I was going to post that and see if I got anyone to believe it.
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    Well, the easiest answer is that the chainring is on the right side because that's the side the chain is on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    I was going to post that and see if I got anyone to believe it.
    Trust me, she really is a lawyer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8fzy1 View Post
    What I want to know is why the front hand brake is on the left side? Most people are right handed, so shouldn't the brake that supplies the most braking power be at the hand that has the most gripping power?
    That's pretty easy -- and the reason that you've given is the reason that it's done this way.

    If you grip your left (front) brake really hard, you endo and crash. If you grip your right (rear) brake really hard, your back wheel skids a bit but you probably don't crash. And inexperienced riders aren't good at modulating their brakes.

    Of course, on the other hand, a skilled rider wants maximum braking. But maybe after a lot of riding, the left hand becomes strong enough to do the front brake so the issues is moot.

    But unlike the drive train, this one is easy to change if you want to -- though it may confuse somebody else who rides your bike, or cause you to do an endo if you ride somebody else's bike, or until you get used to your changed bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHOFM View Post
    My wife had a question about this, "If the chain was on the other side
    would the bike go backwards?"!

    Remember guys, she is a lawyer, no an engineer.
    Maybe she's smarter than we give her credit for.

    If you simply swapped your drivetrain over to the other side, and assuming a standard single speed bike, your back wheel would be flipped around and indeed you could only pedal backwards due to the freewheel -- pedaling frontwards would either do nothing or engage the coaster brake.

    Didn't somebody make a bike that could be pedaled frontwards and backwards with a hub that changed gear ratio between the two? It was a gear mechanism before gears became commonplace?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougmc View Post
    Didn't somebody make a bike that could be pedaled frontwards and backwards with a hub that changed gear ratio between the two? It was a gear mechanism before gears became commonplace?
    I've seen that in vintage pictures and in person at industry bike shows. I've never seen one in the wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8fzy1 View Post
    What I want to know is why the front hand brake is on the left side? Most people are right handed, so shouldn't the brake that supplies the most braking power be at the hand that has the most gripping power?
    I would say that this is because you use your left hand for hand signaling (In the US anyway...) If you grab a handful of brake with one hand off of the bars, a rear wheel skid is much easier to control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    ~Our hearts (which are big, heavy organs) are located on our left
    Barely:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsting View Post
    I would say that this is because you use your left hand for hand signaling (In the US anyway...) If you grab a handful of brake with one hand off of the bars, a rear wheel skid is much easier to control.

    HAND SIGNALS! Good point! I completely forgot about that little aspect, but your mentioning of it reminded me of a time I almost went over the handlebars because I did a one handed braking. Not fun...

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    To keep your left pant leg clean?

    To keep people a 100 years later occupied?

    Because anything left handed was the Devils work?

    A coin flip and left side lost?

    The guys wife b*tched at him for putting it on the left?

    Nobody could make a chain that ran backwards?

    I give.....Why?
    Last edited by Booger1; 05-17-11 at 05:30 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marauder9 View Post
    Why is the chain rings always on the right?
    Silly question I know but it would be interesting to know if there is a specific reason.

    Is it just tradition or some mechanical reason that the chain ring is always located on the right of any type of bicycle?
    Because the people who invented the bocycle were right handed.
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    It's all really a conspiracy of the big hub and freewheel corporations...
    There's always room for one more bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8fzy1 View Post
    What I want to know is why the front hand brake is on the left side? Most people are right handed, so shouldn't the brake that supplies the most braking power be at the hand that has the most gripping power?
    I read somewhere, maybe 40 years ago, that the rear brake was on the right side because that's where the rear shifter was located.

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