Well all the myths have been blown right out the window with this insightful blog by inrng.com
Like most of you I had some fantasy version of riding through French,Swiss and Italian villages trying to blend in with the locals. Chances are though that we would look so "Euro" that we would look out of place.
Just thought it was worth sharing. Now I don't care what I wear or ride while on my bike. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and stay safe :)
Another observation is that most Italians ride on Shimano, not Campagnolo.
Well there you go!
I think you will find that's pretty much the standard set-up on most people's bikes
only here, that is backwards for rest of world.
I have bought bikes from UK, South africa and Zimbabwe, all front right, back left...
And so urban myths become "intercontinental"
might be that commonwealth vs rest of the world thing.
Is the USA right rear?
My mountain bike brakes from overseas are right rear.
I actually bought my commuter bike in Switzerland (hence it's name Swissy) It had the brakes L= Front, R= back - it was what i knew, and when i came back here i kept it like that for about 4yrs - Only when i got my roadie did i think it would be best to have them all on the correct side
Your swiss bike WAS the correct way around!! All roadies are design such that the left lever is meant to operate the front brake, and right the rear. The left brake cable arcs down smoothly to the front caliper, and the right cable around the left side of the frame heading to the rear.
The aussie? way flips this around and nearly kinks the cables. Nothing wrong with it mind, just wanted to point out what they're made for :).