Proposal: Technique for shifting without a shift kit.

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by Grandpa Herman, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Grandpa Herman

    Grandpa Herman New Member

    Would it not be possible to flip the pedal-crank, rear wheel, and derailleur from the right side to the left side? Frames are usually symmetrical, correct?

    Under these circumstances, couldn't we simply run a chain from the Happy Time engine to the pedal-crank's gears?

  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Flipping the rear wheel would not work because the sprocket would only turn the wheel when you pedal backwards.

    To my knowledge, there is no such thing as a left side derailleur.
  3. Grandpa Herman

    Grandpa Herman New Member

  4. Big Red

    Big Red Active Member


    Hey Gramps, Welcome to M.B.c.
    The only way I know is with a jackshaft setup. GOOGLE-Sick Bike Parts. See if it will work for you.
    Big Red.
  5. BoltsMissing

    BoltsMissing Active Member

    I think many have been brainstorming this paradox, to have the derailer, gears etc work the opposite ( left ) side, and still be able to start the MB.
  6. pucksterpete

    pucksterpete Member

    They need just to build these HT motors with the meat on the opposite side.
  7. professor

    professor Active Member

    Well, I am using a derailer on the left side. It is on my project bike, using 10 speed chain. That would be necessary plus more than one sprocket on the rear instead of the single one.
    I will be doing a write up in a couple of weeks on the whole bike after it is done. I don't think any of it will be applicable to a HT though.