[CR]RE: Why counter-clock wise??

Example: Framebuilding:Restoration

From: Michael Allison <cyclo_one@verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 17:32:56 -0400
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
cc: Stronglight49@aol.com
cc: Stronglight49@aol.com
Subject: [CR]RE: Why counter-clock wise??


OK, I'll take the bait. When the first primitive bicycle, the Pedestrian Hobby-horse, was first seen in 1816 in Paris, everyone reasoned that since you mounted a horse from the left side, that was the appropriate way to mount a Hobby-horse. When the chain driven was introduced in England ca. 1879, mounting a bicycle on the left side was further reinforced by the greasy chain that everyone wanted to avoid. Since horse racing goes counter-clock wise, I suppose bicycle racing on the track followed that tradition.

Michael Allison
New York, NY