>How about putting the drive side on the left for a
>track or fixed gear bike -anybody ever try it? I know,
>it just looks wrong but any reason it would not work?
It's been discussed this week on the fixed gear list, I
Sheldon Brown replied:
>Running the chain on the left is possible, I did it for a while on
>my Raleigh International, but I hated the way the bike felt.
>Every bike you've ever ridden with the chain on the right has had a
>certain amount of asymmetrical frame and bottom bracket flex, so
>you've just gotten used to it and mostly don't notice it.
>When you put the chain on t'other side, the direction of flex is
>reversed, and suddenly becomes VERY noticeable indeed. My
>International felt really noodly with the backwards drivetrain.
>This would probably be less of an issue with a stiffer frame.
>Sometime maybe I'll swap around the drivetrain on my Cannondale
Roy "getting better, but still off the bike" Drinkwater Lititz, PA