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Old 04-25-16, 09:12 AM
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Found an "interesting..." bike. Can you tell why?

Apologies for the shaded picture. I wasn't about to move the bike.

I did a triple take on this bike before taking a picture.
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Old 04-25-16, 09:23 AM
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Really short person with only a left leg? I don't see a right-side pedal. Huh.

Edit: Now I have absolutely no excuse ever not to ride.
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Old 04-25-16, 09:29 AM
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Left sided drive train. Are you sure you didn't accidentally flip the picture ?
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Old 04-25-16, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Jadesfire View Post
Now I have absolutely no excuse ever not to ride.
I know, right? I'm at home crying about a knee surgery and this guy is riding with one leg and doesn't even lock his bike
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I knew someone who had a vestigial leg and rode across the country. It's not uncommon for people to do a left drive train, not really needed in this case though.

I hyper-extended my knee on a 400km brevet, and with 20 miles left, I couldn't bend it. I started walking, but then I realized I could pedal fine with my other leg. So I one-legged it back to the finish except for walking the really steep hills. I wasn't even the last finisher. The downside was the asymmetric force produced some really nasty saddle sores. I suppose if you do it all the time, you probably adapt better.

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Old 04-25-16, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
Left sided drive train. Are you sure you didn't accidentally flip the picture ?
You are correct! This bike had a left sided drive train, with no right crank... (And no, the picture is not flipped/mirrored. If you zoom in you can read text in the correct direction.)
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Old 04-25-16, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I knew someone who had a vestigial leg and rode across the country. It's not uncommon for people to do a left drive train, not really needed in this case though.

I hyper-extended my knee on a 400km brevet, and with 20 miles left, I couldn't bend it. I started walking, but then I realized I could pedal fine with my other leg. So I one-legged it back to the finish except for walking the really steep hills. I wasn't even the last finisher. The downside was the asymmetric force produced some really nasty saddle sores. I suppose if you do it all the time, you probably adapt better.
What's the advantage of a left sided drive train?
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Old 04-25-16, 09:49 AM
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It would be interesting to meet the cyclist.

BTW, I was just kidding about flipping the picture
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Old 04-25-16, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
It would be interesting to meet the cyclist.

BTW, I was just kidding about flipping the picture
Oh I figured you were. I had the same though initially ("Does my iPhone mirror pictures and I don't know about it?"), so I found some text in the picture to prove it wasn't mirrored.
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The bike is originally from the southern hemisphere. Down there, the drive side is reversed and you have to pedal backwards to go forward.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The bike is originally from the southern hemisphere. Down there, the drive side is reversed and you have to pedal backwards to go forward.
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The really funny thing is that this bike had a flip-flop hub. Makes you wonder if the owner though they had to switch the drive side to make it work correctly. (Although the freewheel certainly wouldn't work on the left side.)
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
What's the advantage of a left sided drive train?
That's just not right, dude.
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What's the advantage of a left sided drive train?
not on that bike.. But people have used IGH as Mid drives , such as Rohloff, then instead of the brake disc

they mount a sprocket , and that left drive goes to a second cog on the left side of the rear Hub..

ratchet pawl ring and hub & freewheel threading are also Left hand..



Taking the Hub mass out of the wheel on a fast ridden suspension Bike helps the wheel follow the terrain Better.
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