Just sorted out that Australian, and, I assume, Japanese and UK bicycles are "right-hand drive" vs. Canadian / North American etc. bikes which are "left-hand drive." The brakes are opposite so that the rider's signal arm operates the front brake leaving the hand on the bars to operate the rear brake. Never considered it...Not knowing this was a major factor in the crash I had last year here in Adelaide on a borrowed Aussie bike and why my Aussie girlfriend has so much trouble on the mountain bike trails in Canada on the bike she bought there. Heaps happy to have my own Canadian bike down here this time and as soon as we get back to Canada we're gonna switch my girlfriend's brakes back to Aussie style. These things run deep and are hard to change...
Sooo, anyone heading to a country where they drive on the other side of the road planning to ride a local bicycle - BEWARE - it's easy to hit the front brake too hard and go ass-over-tea-kettle.
Had heard this was a difference between Aus and US bicycles.
Had not thought about this before -- US drive on right, and common to drive between US and Canada, so perhaps Canadians drive on the right also, although it is British.
In Canada we drive on the left side of the car - though some of us have vehicles imported form Japan that are right hand-drive - and on the right side of the road, just like in the USA and Europe - The opposite of Britain, Australia, Japan.
Konadog, do you know of any studies on whether driving a left-hand drive on the right-side of the road has any effect on collision rate?
although it is British.
Is it? I thought the canada Act of 1982 severed those ties. Is Australia British too?
I think for a bike to be truly "foreign" the chain wheel, cluster etc. should all be on the left hand side, why stop at just the front brake.?
Australian Standards for bicycles stipulate that the left brake lever operates the rear brake, right lever the front brake.
That's true, but the front brake is also most likely to cause you to crash if it's applied too strongly and especially without the back brake being applied simultaneously.
I converted my mtb to left-front as I prefer to be able to brake firmly while descending towards a turn and signalling. I have disc brakes which don't bite and fling me over the handle bars.
There are some calipers made the other way, but the most makers cater for the major markets, not a couple of countries that make up a minor part of their production.
Once you take the bike out of the shop there's nothing to stop you changing the cables. It's an Australian Standard that retailers must comply, not a road rule that cyclists must adhere to and if done correctly, the brakes operate just as efficiently.