Feb 7 2007, 09:15 PM
i knew this would stir up someone LMAO
Feb 7 2007, 09:15 PM
Feb 7 2007, 09:22 PM
Sure, if you're running a rear brake only - the lever HAS to be on the RHS right? but if you're running a front AND rear, the RHS should be the front IMHO.
Feb 7 2007, 09:34 PM
i know this will upset some but when i worked in the bike shop BITD and assembled hundreds of Orions, hotfoots, supermax's and Miami miss's along with all the road bikes first gen Freestylers and first gen MTB's we were allways to put the front brake to the right hand side, even if the bike only came with a rear brake the handle supplied it was for left hand fittment. Being a Motorcyclist i have allways set my brakes up this way also to match 90% of motorbikes.
But i was quite suprised when i assembled my new Kuwahara laserlite that the rear brake cable was threaded up left side of the frame in order for it to be fitted to the RHS of the bars.
Either way as you say Velocidad each to there own i just hope you dont pull the clutch in on a motorbike and expect it to stop. (woops im digging again lol)
Feb 7 2007, 09:46 PM
...hehe - using the same analogy Richie dont get in a car and go for the brakes with your right foot. well at least make sure the insurance is paid up.. lol
Feb 7 2007, 09:56 PM
Does anyone know the true reason for ozzies using the rear on the left and Us dudes on the right?..... I do..
Feb 7 2007, 10:03 PM
Rh works for them too!
(Bubba Pic: Â© Ozdirtboy lol) [ February 07, 2007, 11:08 PM: Message edited by: velocidad ]
Feb 7 2007, 10:06 PM
Ozzies? ***? Serva - you ride yer bike backwards dufus.
Feb 7 2007, 10:07 PM
yeah like i mentioned with my laserlite i think the new generation of bikes come standard with a rhs rear brake lever fitment.
Feb 7 2007, 10:14 PM
Hey hey, I never said I went that way!....right on the rear from day one for me!
Anyway, its so you can signal at stop light with your right hand and use the rear with your left.....and works the opposite for the US guys.......so in conclusion, if you run your rear on the left and live in Oz, you must signal at stop signs and you are gay....
Feb 7 2007, 10:17 PM
lol... and have reflectors on ya bike still.
actually I was just looking at this old diamond...
yep rh 2 rear. u
Feb 7 2007, 10:23 PM
I thought about changing the peddles, but it kinda adds to the political incorrectness? of this bike. Nothing on that bike is original, exept the paint....you have good eyes to spot that one Dobbo!
Feb 7 2007, 10:46 PM
your a BMXstar uncle trev!
Feb 7 2007, 11:15 PM
And surprise, surprise, two people in the above photo and one has the lever on the left and one on the right.
Feb 7 2007, 11:19 PM
nah no suprise. look whos in front.
Feb 7 2007, 11:23 PM
interesting. i've checked some of my old pics and every one of them has my rear brake on the rhs. i don't now why, it's just like that. probably a copy of what was happening in the US mags at the time.
that brissy ride would have been good, but alas i was driving down for the Roger Waters gig on that day. nice pics.
Feb 7 2007, 11:28 PM
is anyone here selling the 1978 quicky on the bay at the moment?
Feb 7 2007, 11:28 PM
It also helped to be consistent with your friends so wheen you swapped bikes you didn't end up over the bars. I don't really know why I've always had the rear on the right. Possibly because I never bought a store built bike and just went with the right.
Funny thing was when I bought a GT Ultrabox and GT cruiser last year, the former had the rear on the right and the latter on the left. Came in handy though because that spare right lever is now on another bike.
Feb 8 2007, 01:02 AM
Yeah right hand rear for me - and never ran a front brake on my BMXs. As for BITD, my hero was Harry Leary as far as crazy two wheel braking. Very few Pros ran dual brakes, and Harry was the master of it. Guess what - he ran a RH rear. If it's good enough for Harry...
Feb 8 2007, 01:19 AM
haha, funny that and here i was always setting up whatever the main brake was on the side that felt most comfortable for controling tricks with, eg if front brake was the main brake used one on bike, that bike it'd go the side i felt more comfortable with, where as, if back brake was key on the bike, then that'd get whichever side i prefer.
although, my comments probably not relevant these days, having gone brakeless for now. quite enjoying it to.
p.s look which side the cable comes out on a caliper brake, then look at which side the cable comes out on a v brake, that might have resoning behind why it's seeming to be changing, as it seems only be changing on v brakes.
Feb 8 2007, 02:22 AM
That's a great story on the Do The Right Thing ad shoot.
Sooooo - that's you doing the endo and the tabletop on page 25 of "BMX The Aussie Way"?
Feb 8 2007, 03:40 AM
I use whatever brake lever is available in the spare parts bin!
On a side note, my KOS has the front brake lever on the RH side from new, i dont know why but i didnt change it.
Feb 8 2007, 03:52 AM
I put mine on the right cause i'm right handed
Feb 8 2007, 04:59 AM
I dig the desert boots on page 25 Alastair... they were a part of the school uniform BITD....The only thing you kept from the Pre-QS, dragster days?
Feb 8 2007, 05:19 AM
Australia followed the UK when it came to bicycles back in the day, that's why pre-bmx all our bikes had Euro bottom brackets, and rear brakes on the left hand side. When BMX hit and my mates and I were reading the U.S. magazines, we all wanted our brakes on the right hand side like all the heros in the magazines. And in the very early days if you purchased say a complete Mongoose from the States the rear brake would be on the right. When Aus started making BMX bikes with freewheels they followed the Aus standard and came with rear on the left. I worked in a bike shop at the time and if we got any overseas bikes, say a Kuwahara assembled in Japan for the U.S. market, they came with rear on right, the shop owner would make us change them over, ' to the Aussie way'.
I still have my rear on right, the only way i know.
Feb 8 2007, 05:25 AM
I too have only ever had my rear brake lever on the right. I have no idea why but it is.
Any who, I found a little bit of nostalgia last weekend and thought I'd share it.
It seems like sooooo long ago! It was..
clic to enlarge
Feb 8 2007, 06:29 AM
Cool letter, thanks for sharing!
Brake lever set-up for me
Rear brake only-rhs
Front & Rear brakes-front brake rhs: rear lhs...
and yeah it's caught me out a few times on different bikes.....
[ February 08, 2007, 07:32 AM: Message edited by: Bradster ]
Feb 8 2007, 06:35 AM
Dug this out of the books. The year i went into pro class i got a rule book so i new what i was doing. I had no idea. lol....i forgot i still had this!! Pretty cool digin' out the old stuff. Here's a pic.....
Feb 8 2007, 06:41 AM
Rule book! man thats before my time. We had no rules. One track in Sydney, bowlgowlah I think thats how you spell it, had no rules at all after the first jump. Elbows everywhere at that track. lots of fun too. Anyone here remember that track?
Feb 8 2007, 08:21 AM
rear brake on the right ! try use the left and you will no why !
coasty, the track is totally grown over but what is there now are trails ! the jump kind ! and BIG !
if you dig though the scrub you can find the start hill and the first corner is still there, kind of !
got some great pics of stu t. kos, john crews tthere from nov80. and jeff bottema and toby henderson from april 1980 there !
Feb 8 2007, 09:01 AM
ok sorry for the delay i have finally posted the pics from the gathering at the BMX games click on this link www.australianvbmxgathering.com
and then click on gallery im sure you will figure out the rest.
If you see any pics you like and would like the full size version (very large) of them let me know and i will email them to you. hope you all enjoy and thanks again to Pete Porker for organising it and thanks to everyone that showed up. CHEERS to you all.
Feb 8 2007, 06:19 PM
great pics Richie..
Feb 8 2007, 06:42 PM
Yeah - cool pics Richie - looks like a great gathering. Well done.
Hey Alister - you out there? Is that you on pages 41-45 of BMX The Aussie Way too, in the Bell Moto helmet? Seems like there were quite a few different helmets with a "Professor" sticker up the side.
Feb 8 2007, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the pictures Richie. Like like a great day.
Now, I'm not as famous as others here who were in TV ads, magazine photo shoots etc but I just found out I was in the Manningham Leader newspaper in the article about the Park Orchards round of Track Attack 2007.
OK, didn't say it was all of me, just the helmet and one shoulder...
Feb 9 2007, 12:40 AM
your a star Jarvi a BMX star, your legs are pumpin power ect ect LOL
Feb 9 2007, 02:03 AM
Good to see BMX and you too jarvi, in the papers again. It all helps.
Feb 9 2007, 02:03 AM
LOL Jarvi. Give us an action pic next! Good on you for getting out there - I'm keen to have a go too.
Hey - I'd forgotten how much I loved Bicycle Motocross Action magazine. This arrived today - 6 mags from 80, 81 & 82. They were mis-described on e:bay so I got a bargain.
I'm particularly happy I got the January '81 issue. This was the first BMX mag I ever bought BITD and really brought back some great memories - also great that it's got the DB Pro test (the model before the Senior Pro). I also have the Feb '81 issue with the USA-Australia challenge, complete with pic of a 15 year old Dean Crisp.
Feb 9 2007, 02:30 AM
Great score Jarvi !! The 1st BMX mag that i bought was Pancake #1.. When i was in grade 4 i chopped my left big toe in half with an axe ! As a present on the way home from the hospital my Mum bought it for me... Unfortunatly i've lost 75% of the pages...
If anybody has a spare that they could sell me can you please email me?? Please???????????
Feb 9 2007, 02:56 AM
There was a copy on ebay this week Scotty.
Nice score Kurt. I have a few of them myself. I love going through them.
Feb 9 2007, 03:10 AM
Yeah they are great. The seller listed them as Bicycle MOTORCROSS Action, with no mention of BMX, so I got all 6 for $25 US (and that includes Airmail to Oz!!!)
This is my other score of the week - How long is it since you've seen these? They are already spoken for sorry.
IRC BMX Racer 80X - the same as in the classic old BMXA IRC ad in '81. Sweet as.
Feb 9 2007, 03:15 AM
Was somebody after a gold fluted seat post
a short while ago?
Feb 9 2007, 04:04 AM
Wow Kurt, they look unreal. Looks like they were made yesterday.
Feb 9 2007, 05:19 AM
Nice IRC tires Kurt they look awesome. Just out of interest do you know what type of bike there going onto?
Feb 9 2007, 05:22 AM
LOL Jarvi...Can't let you get all the press! here's a peice out of our local media from Castle Hills race last weekend. Yep, that's me on the sidelines videoing the finals sling and all ....no, really it is....
Feb 9 2007, 05:35 AM
I believe they're going on a Quickie. That's exactly the brand I thought of when I found them. Karma!
Feb 9 2007, 05:39 AM
Ah the good old days of Castle Hill. Good spotting dirtboy!
Feb 9 2007, 06:28 AM
Oh me me me into second berm.
Anyone got a SR seat clamp any condition.
Feb 9 2007, 12:49 PM
Feb 9 2007, 01:37 PM
Good one Dirtboy. Is the person next to you asking for a signature on their BMX Bandit DVD cover? Can't understand why Madill gets all the coverage. Must be something to do with being a great rider.
Kurt, soon your going to be accused of reproing tyres if you keep finding them.
Feb 9 2007, 01:58 PM
LOL Jarvi. It's amazing what is still out there when you scrounge around!
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