biohazardman wrote:I really want to go left hand drive as it just looks easier but having a hard time deciding and or finding parts. Looking for some that have done it to point me in the right direction.
With a few hundred miles on my drive, great performance and rock solid reliability (after the first few dummy mistakes I made), here's what I learned about left side RC drive from my folding bike build
1) Advantage of left drive over right: I still pedal, and love to pedal. Left drive keeps the normal feel and reliability of the standard bike drive. By turning the throttle (on my left handlebar) and listening to the Recumpense V4 drive wind up, I can add the perfect amount of e-power to match my current speed. With a 3210 on 8s and 5:1 reduction, I have the torque to get up a hill, blast away from a standstill, or the finesse to add just a little umph to take the drag off a headwind. I can do this because I set the pedal power through the bike gears separately from the motor pull through the throttle. I can't imagine it being easy to precisely mix leg & e-power with the drive on the right.
2) Parts are not hard to find. The way you have the DaVinci installed, you need to put a standard
freewheel on the DaVinci, and a chainring on the rear wheel. FFR Trikes sells a chainring mount that bolts to the disc brake mounts, has 130mm BCD for the chainring. Works out real nice, no need for south paw.
You'll of course need a chain tensioner, which needs a straight and solid mount. I had one mounted with a touch of play. It went a little off kilter on a bump, then got sucked into the chain, sized the rear wheel and took out a spoke. Lucky I was moving real slow at the time.
1st build: Dahon Jetstream folding bike
. Quick, reliable, capable of 30mph. Light enough to lift, folds for easy transport by car/bus/train.2nd build: RC powered 2009 Norco A-Line
. Top speed 31mph. Built like a tank, it's resistant to Boston potholes, can stop on a dime, easily goes up/down curbs when necessary.3rd build (just started): Scratch build
ultimate utility bike.