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Chainless bike on eBay

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=321979749666&alt=web

chainless bikeHave you ever wondered why bikes have chains rather than driveshafts? The chainless bike has been around for over a century but never caught on.

The driveshaft requires less maintenance than a chain. That is however the only advantage.

The disadvantages are many. It’s harder to fix a flat. It’s much heavier. The bevel gears are expensive, or if not, of such poor quality that they wear out quickly.

Knowing all this why would anyone build a driveshaft bike? Fear the grease. That oily chain turns many people into screaming dirt-o-phobes.

On the other hand there is this mythology that cleaning and lubing a chain is a complex and exacting ritual that should only be performed by mystics in denim monk’s robes.

Meanwhile back at the cute little bike pictured above; the opening bid of $59.95 and buy it now price of $99.95 are much too high.

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