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Old 11-03-06, 08:20 PM
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No, this has nothing to do with politics; I am just wondering why is the drivetrain on the right side of the bicycle? And does anybody have the drivetrain on the left side?
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I don't know for absolutely sure why it is so, but it does minimize the number of left handed threads required.
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I just saw a hipster fixie with a left-side drivetrain (had to do a doubletake). I'm absolutely sure it wasn't the one-legged guy from the video.
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You think it has nothing to do with politics, but it all stems from a massive right-wing conspiracy headed by the grand cabal including Leonardo Da Vinci and the Wright Brothers.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
You think it has nothing to do with politics, but it all stems from a massive right-wing conspiracy headed by the grand cabal including Leonardo Da Vinci and the Wright Brothers.
Ironically, Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed!
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Originally Posted by DrPete
You think it has nothing to do with politics, but it all stems from a massive right-wing conspiracy headed by the grand cabal including Leonardo Da Vinci and the Wright Brothers.
Yeah right!

On the other hand the Democrats, have done nothing to remedy the situation allowing instead for the chain via triple and 10-speeds (without introducing suitable blocking legislation that is) to move further to the right. It would take a self-proclaimed centrist like Ventura with an axe to grind, to drill right thru the frame and put this chain of unfortunate events to rest.
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Not ALL bikes come with right side drive, some BMX bikes have left side drive. I think it has something to do with grinding on the right side.

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Originally Posted by michaelmc
Ironically, Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed!
Coincidence? I think not. Whatever that means.
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Originally Posted by scrapmetal
No, this has nothing to do with politics; I am just wondering why is the drivetrain on the right side of the bicycle? And does anybody have the drivetrain on the left side?
It has more to do with mounting a horse than anything else. Since early cyclists were very familiar with horse riding, they mounted on the left of the bike because that's what they were used to on a horse. Horses are trained to be mounted from the left and most won't stand for mounting on the other side. And it's generally not a good idea to pick a fit with a 1200 pound animal

If you've ever seen someone get on an Ordinary, they start with their left foot on a peg and swing their right foot to the pedal and then the left, just like you would on a horse. As chain drive bikes surplanted Ordinaries, the drive would have been kept on the right for a similar reason.
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DaVinci's bicycle has the chain on the left side.
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