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The Bicycle Wheel

The Bicycle Wheel

The Bicycle Wheel

I found a book called "The Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt in the book section of my local "outdoors" store.  Highly recommended for a beginning designer who wants to understand the loads and structure.  Also a big section on how to build them properly, too.


RE: The Bicycle Wheel

Is there any mention in that book why the gearing appears on the right hand side of the wheel? Why was that side selected?

RE: The Bicycle Wheel


Herr Brandt doesn't say, maui.

Did the ladies sit side-saddle on the left at all times?

One mounts a horse from the left (usually), and women would likely do the same on their bicycles.  Put the greasy gears on the right and the pretty hoop-dresses don't get caught.



RE: The Bicycle Wheel

I would say so.

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RE: The Bicycle Wheel

it's not only the gears that go on the right side of a bicycle. all logos should face the right side also ( tires, groupo, brand names, etc.) its a tradition from the old country and your a fredo if you dont, is what I was told.

RE: The Bicycle Wheel

I think a sprocket on the left side would require a left hand thread so that torque from the rider wouldn't constantly be unscrewing it.

RE: The Bicycle Wheel

anyone know ehere to find wheels and oyher bicycle components drawn in proe???

RE: The Bicycle Wheel

<NikolaiDK> googling "proE bicycle wheel"   gets some hits.

RE: The Bicycle Wheel

In traditional European bicycle racing, all the support cars and photographer motos are on the right side of the roadway, hence the drivetrain is on the right side for service, and likewise all the logos etc.

RE: The Bicycle Wheel

It's the other way around - support cars are on the right because the drivetrain is on the right.

The drivetrain is on the right because it would need specail, more expensive tooling to put it on the left.

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RE: The Bicycle Wheel

I always heard that gears are on the right so that when you get off the bike on the left side (as most do) and lay the bike down in the dirt, the gears are facing up.  Not sure if this is at all historically correct, or if it just worked out this way.

BTW: SparWeb's initial post is correct.  A wonderful book.

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