April 13, 2012
I ran into Jesse Hilliard today and I got a chance to ride his retro-direct drivetrain setup. If Jesse seems familiar it's because he was the first to ever do a handrail on fixed gear way back in 2009 (Carney got the first video).
Jesse's Retro-Direct Setup
Jesse had never actually seen the setup in person, but he read about it on the internet and decided to figure it out.
Click here for the Wikipedia on the topic and an explanation
The concept is that you pedal forward in one gear, in this case 50 X 20 and pedal backwards in a different one (50X16). Jesse described some of the process, such as threading a BB cup onto the hub and mounting a freewheel on that, or some shit. I don't really know.
Anyway, it works and it's fun.