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Old 12-27-05, 01:39 AM   #1
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flipping the chain ring

so... ever so often I will spy (most recently on a bmx site) a bicycle with the chain ring/drive train on the left versus the traditional right...
I am curious why this is?
Is there a particular reason to do so?
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Old 12-27-05, 01:40 AM   #2
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for bmx, maybe some right-side specific trick that needs the clearance?
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It's different, and makes people ask questions like yours.

For the BMX, I'm pretty sure slopvehicle has the answer. For all other bikes...
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nah.. seen it on all forms. that's the thing... even fixed. this is why it's interesting.

I wondered if it were perhaps people who had damaged muscles or ligaments in the past and have to depend on the other side for force moreso than the other... but that's kinda a stretch.
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It's different, and makes people ask questions like yours.

For the BMX, I'm pretty sure slopvehicle has the answer. For all other bikes...
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maybe so the bike can mate with right-side drive bikes...
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to be different or i have also heard to keep one side of your pants cleaner depending on how you mount (even though i don't seem to get my pants dirty mounting either way)
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Dexter, NYC messenger superstar, only has a left leg, so that's why his crank is on the left.
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So you can peg grind on the right side without hooking up.

lots of people are more comfortable doing tricks on their right side.

bmxers often break chains and bend rings from ledges and rails. a few years ago they came out with a completely mirrored system -reverse thread hub threads and reverse pawl freewheel for this.
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huh, the only reason i've ever heard given is one dude who said he picks his bike up with his left hand because his right arm...he can't do it with his right arm for whatever reason, so he uses his left. and then right side drive = messy shirt.
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If you're doing a fixed gear conversion of an old road bike, you can sometimes get a better chainline by flipping the bottom bracket spindle around. If you don't feel like taking the bottom bracket apart, you could just swap the crankarms and reverse the back wheel. Backpedaling tightens the cog on the hub this way, too, which seems like a good idea to some folks.
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