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Old 08-13-05, 04:56 PM
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[slaps forehead] I forgot about the shaft drive bicycles that use the Nexus hub. No chain, no chainrings, no worries.
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Old 08-13-05, 09:17 PM
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I run an LHD bmx. I used to be a right-grinder and having the drivetrain on the left side keeps it out of harms way. This is a pretty new thing for bmx though, in the 90's people just had gigantic bash guards. I have never seen a geared bike w/ LHD, but it may exist.
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Originally Posted by kwhord
I run an LHD bmx. I used to be a right-grinder and having the drivetrain on the left side keeps it out of harms way. This is a pretty new thing for bmx though, in the 90's people just had gigantic bash guards. I have never seen a geared bike w/ LHD, but it may exist.

Can you explain "grinding" to a nonbmxer?
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Old 08-21-05, 01:57 AM
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Hop onto a low wall, kerb, park bench, and slide. Generally ruins paint, but if you have pegs on your axles, you can grind on them.
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Old 08-21-05, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
Hop onto a low wall, kerb, park bench, and slide. Generally ruins paint, but if you have pegs on your axles, you can grind on them.
Are you you sliding on the BB, stays, something else (besides the pegs)?
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Old 08-21-05, 03:54 AM
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I don't do it myself, I was only answering your question. I think it's mostly pegs and pedals, but the frame probably cops some abuse as well.
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Old 08-26-05, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Joyce Wasser
I think someone should make left-handed bikes, with the chain rings and everything on the oppisite side. Because I am very left handed , I generally dismount and handle the bike to the right, often ending up with greasy legs.
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Old 08-27-05, 07:25 AM
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Old 08-27-05, 08:28 PM
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As an update, since my wife is a lefty, I mounted a bash guard on her MTB - no more worries about contact with the chainrings.
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Old 08-27-05, 09:41 PM
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Depending on the "obstacle" sometimes you will grind on the chainring, but never really the BB. Most "freestyle" BMX bikes have huge rear drop-outs that form a large flange when butted up agaist a peg. A common problem in the past was for the edge of the "obstacle" you are grinding to pop over the flange and grind on the rear cog, or chain. To solve this problem, some of us now run our drivetrain on the opposite side that we grind on. Due to the opposite side drivetrain the new fad is to omit the pegs altogether and grind on the rear dropout/axel, and the crankarm/pedal (held in the horizontal position). As you can imagine this is pretty destructive to the bike but it gets you cool points at the skatepark to do "pegless" grinds.
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Old 08-28-05, 08:24 AM
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Sheldon runs one of his (many) bikes as a lefty
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Old 09-04-05, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by phidauex
Fixed gear bicycles can be assembled either way, right hand drive or left hand drive. But since no one makes backwards freewheels, I don't think there is a way to do it on a 'regular' bike.

I recommend a chainguard, one of the most useful inventions that no one seems to use.

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Actually, I used to ride BMX and I knew plenty of people with "left side drive" bikes. All you need is a new hub, profile makes one but they are top of the line and expensive, and a lefty freewheel.
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Old 09-04-05, 07:58 PM
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Two words, ACS Southpaw.
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Old 09-04-05, 10:27 PM
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Ahhhhhhhhh friggin haaaaaaaaaaa! You are too funny mate! (Shiraz kickin in =) )
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Old 09-04-05, 10:37 PM
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Ahhhhhhhhh friggin haaaaaaaaaaa! You are too funny mate! (Shiraz kickin in =) )
FTC won't get that. He's about 14, and wouldn't know a Shiraz from a Merlot.
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Old 09-07-05, 01:01 PM
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Its wine. Wine is probably the worst thing to get drunk off of too, you may feel good while your drunk but, the hangover will kill you. I've never drank it personally, and thats because it tastes like crap. And dont give me ***** about underaged drinking. Because I know most of have drank atleast soemthing at my age.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:07 AM
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Boy, those chainless bikes look like total crap! You should totally check them out. One look at the components and construction is enough to see these guys are not serious. Get a load of this!
"Experience exhilarating riding performance in comfort and style. With the Outback’s full-suspension frame design, Shimano 8-speed premium gearing and rugged components, you’ll be the talk of the mountain"

I'll stick with the greasy left-handed leg, thanks.
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Originally Posted by Seanywonton
Boy, those chainless bikes look like total crap! You should totally check them out. One look at the components and construction is enough to see these guys are not serious. Get a load of this!
"Experience exhilarating riding performance in comfort and style. With the Outback’s full-suspension frame design, Shimano 8-speed premium gearing and rugged components, you’ll be the talk of the mountain"

I'll stick with the greasy left-handed leg, thanks.
How does your left leg get greasy? Also, if you're buying a shaft drive, Nexus-equipped bike, you're probably only using it for commuting/bike paths.
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My leg never gets greasy, and I even lube my chain.
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Originally Posted by Joyce Wasser View Post
I think someone should make left-handed bikes, with the chain rings and everything on the oppisite side. Because I am very left handed , I generally dismount and handle the bike to the right, often ending up with greasy legs.
Ya I'm left-handed as well and I scared Ill pull left brake and flip
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