[CR]re: Why are drive trains always on the right side?

(Example: Bike Shops:R.E.W. Reynolds)

From: "The Maaslands" <TheMaaslands@comcast.net>
To: "CR" <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]re: Why are drive trains always on the right side?
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 19:50:42 -0500


Russ wrote:

"Because the mounting peg was on the left end of the rear axle on early safety bikes? You put your left foot on the peg and lifted yourself forward and snagged the right pedal with your right foot and pedaled with one leg for a moment and then lifted yourself into the saddle and pedaled normally - the whole procedure being a carry-over from riding ordinaries/penny-farthing bikes. I don't recall ever seeing an ordinary with the mounting step on the right ..."

I have ridden a 60" ordinary that had two mounting pegs on the back, one on each side. The right side one was lower than the left hand one. The sole peg on my 54" is already high enough , so an added peg makes sense when you get to the bigger sizes.

Steven Maasland
Moorestown, NJ