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Südwest Presse Ulm 2012/02/24
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The tradition of the island

Reader’s question: Why is the chain of all bicycles on the right side? - The simplest answer is: Because this has always been the case. But that is not an explanation. Here it is: The bicycle was not only invented and developed in Germany, but also in France and England. It’s in the country which has never known anything else than left-hand traffic that the drive and the chainwheel connected to the sprocket at the rear wheel with the chain was developed.

As most of the people mount a horse from the left side – in former times an important means of transport - and as draught animals of carts were led by people walking on their left side, one was used to walk on the left of them and to mount the bicycle from the left. Drive and chain were consequently built to the right side to prevent oneself from getting soiled or injured.

"And later on this was not questioned anymore", says the Ludwigsburg bicycle expert Dirk Zedler. The chain remained on the right side. But: In the museum of his loss adjusting office there is one bicycle with the chain on the left and bicycles with chains on both sides. But these are exotic models. 

Author: lk

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