As we prepare for the Eurobike show next week in southern Germany, we were inspired to provide this image from America’s “Little Bavaria.” Leavenworth is a popular tourist town in Washington State with a Bavarian themed main street and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in North America. About 2.5 hours from Seattle on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range, it is a haven for skiers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, paddlers, hikers and drinkers of fine brews. See the image gallery.
The Icicle Brewing Company is the leading microbrewery in Leavenworth, and it has a special keg trike to deliver beer at festivals and events. The keg trike, seen here ridden by an Icicle fraulein, features a Gates Carbon Drive belt system for clean, smooth and grease-free simplicity. It holds two quarter barrels and a CO2 tank, has a seven-speed internal hub for shifting, disc brakes—and a parking brake so it doesn’t roll away. It was made by Zack Lodato of Lodato Design. If you plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, swing through Leavenworth to get an American Bavarian experience, and visit the keg trike at Icicle Brewing. Not convinced? Check out this ludicrous video featuring town mascot Woody Goomsba the nutcracker.
MK1 – Tilt-action cargo trike from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen on Vimeo.
Based in the historic meat packing district of Copenhagen, Butchers & Bicycles is a cargo bike brand that exemplifies the energy and innovation that has made Denmark one of the world’s most progressive cycling nations. Butchers & Bicycles and its three founders (Morten Mogenson, Morten Wagener and Jakob Munk) have a simple goal: make cargo bikes that are a practical and easy alternative to cars for people and businesses that carry large objects. “It has long been established that the bicycle is in fact…in many cities, actually even faster,” they say.
Their first model is the Mk1, a cargo trike that comes in a pedal or electric version. The Mk1-E electric bike (above) features a 250-watt MPF drive for pedal assist up to 25 kilometers per hour, plus a back-lit control unit with a USB plug for phone charging. Both the Mk1 and Mk1-E can be purchased with the Gates Carbon Drive belt system for low maintenance and grease-free practicality.
The other noteworthy innovation is the cargo box, which tilts with the rider for better handling.
The Mk1 also features:
- a lightweight aluminium frame
- a parking/kickstand that can be raised and lowered from the riding position
- NuVinci N360 internal hub gearing for seamless shifting
- hydraulic disc brakes on all three wheels
- double wall aluminium rims
- Schwalbe puncture proof tires – 26’’ rear / 20’’ front
- quick release saddle and handlebar adjustment
- mudguards/fenders on all wheels
- durable cargo box with easy access front door and child-safe lock
- cargo box mount for children’s car seat
- lockable glove box with integrated cup holder
- 1 year free service in the Copenhagen showroom
This brand has style. We love their logo, and the Butchers & Bicycles showroom looks immaculate. Follow them on Facebook @Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen. If you like bikes, put Copenhagen on the list of places to visit. Rent a GoBike through the city’s eBike sharing program and pedal over to the meat packing district.
This mobile barbecue machine is among five SRAM E-matic eBikes that Gates Carbon Drive showed at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show last weekend. Jeremy Sycip of Sycip Designs in Portland was inspired by a friend who lugs a portable grill into the woods for barbecuing after long rides. Sycip, who won an award at NAHBS last year for his belt drive gentleman’s town bike, again impressed judges with his creativity–winning the trophy for Best Theme Bike. In addition to a grill rack, the eBike has panniers for beer and ice, a cutting board on the rear rack, a frame-mounted knife and bottle opener. Thanks to the E-matic, getting home with a full belly after a pork chop feast is a breeze.
Chris Connor of Connor Wood Cycles is a Denver-area bike builder who honed his woodworking skills as a guitar maker. His wooden belt drive bikes are not just beautiful; they’re tough. One was raced in last year’s Leadville 100 mountain bike race. For his SRAM E-matic build, Chris chose to create an efficient hardwood commuter that he is calling the el Woody. His bikes truly are functional works of art. Note the wooden rear rack.
Bamboo specialists Boo Bicycles of Colorado last year launched a commuter line called AluBoo that creatively combines aluminum, bamboo and belt drives. After winning an award last year for best belt drive fat bike, they decided to pair the E-matic with an AluBoo frame to create a stylish urban eBike that gets you to the office or grocery without arriving sweaty. Booyah!
One of the hardest bikes to keep in the Gates booth in Charlotte was the CityView eBike from Co-Motion, which took top honors at NAHBS last year for its electronic shifting city bike. Co-Motion told us to offer test rides, and many NAHBS attendees accepted. The pedal-assist bike could frequently be seen zipping along a rear wall of the convention center with a long straightaway. Everyone was impressed by the E-matic. The rear wheel drive features a torque sensor that automatically shifts into a higher gear. It’s a clean application: no handlebar shifters or extra wires–just pedal and go.
Builder Craig Calfee has won many awards for his high-end carbon bikes, but he is also noted for his efforts to teach bamboo bike building skills in Africa. His goal is to help people in the developing world use locally sourced bamboo to create affordable and clean transportation. For his show bike, Craig paired the E-matic with a Booganda frame. Note the beautiful work on the head tube.
Stay tuned for more great photos of electric and pedal bikes from NAHBS. Thanks to Gates racer/marketing specialist/photographer Tim Lucking for the pictures. Now it’s time to go barbecue.
Gates Carbon Drive plans to, literally, electrify the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show with a first-ever “Custom eBike Showcase” featuring a dozen original electric bicycles.
Gates partnered with leading electric bike system companies Bosch, SRAM and BionX, as well as hub maker NuVinci, and enlisted some of the finest custom builders to create the belt drive eBikes for the show, March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The English Cycles electric cargo bike pictured above features a stylish integration of the Gates belt drive system with the Bosch Gen2 motor and battery paired with a NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary hub.
“Electric bikes can get more Americans out of cars and onto two wheels, and Gates wants to help drive growth in North America by exposing consumers to the benefits eBikes,” said Todd Sellden, global director of Gates Carbon Drive. “The Custom eBike Showcase allows top custom builders to present an American interpretation of the European eBike movement.”
Award-winning builders participating in the showcase include Co-Motion Cycles, English Cycles, Calfee Design, Kent Eriksen Cycles, Ti Cycles, Dean Cycle Works, SyCip Designs, Boo Bicycles, Santana, Alternative Needs Transportation and Connor Wood Bicycles. Gates and its partners Bosch, SRAM, BionX and NuVinci gave the builders creative freedom to design eBikes to suit their functional and artistic visions. The belt drive eBikes cover a range of styles: fat bikes and cargo bikes, tandems, city and commuter bikes, and electric bikes made of bamboo and wood. The eBikes will feature electric drives from Bosch, SRAM and BionX, as well as NuVinci hubs.
The Custom eBike Showcase will be located in the Gates booth (#300) at the Charlotte Convention Center. Gates Carbon Drive is an official sponsor of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. “Electric bikes are a new thing for NAHBS and custom builders, and I will be curious to see the reaction from builders and the public,” said Don Walker, founder of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
Neal Saiki describes his mission as making clean technology fun. His impressive resume includes founding Zero Motorcycles, creating the first human-powered helicopter and revolutionizing full-suspension bicycle design with his work for brands including Santa Cruz and Haro. So when Saiki decided to launch a new bicycle project, his goal was to create a machine that is fun to ride but also addresses societal and environmental issues. Thus was born the 2×4 electric cargo bike, a car-replacing pedal-powered machine that hauls heavy loads with ease.
The 2×4 has received accolades from CNN and many other media outlets since launching this month. The front-loading cargo bike features innovative touches including: a proprietary steering system that allows cargo weight to be centered over the front wheel without affecting bike handling; a lifetime service warranty on the battery pack; and a Gates Carbon Drive for grease-free and low-maintenance durability. The front wheel is powered by a high-torque electric motor, while the rear has an eight-speed transmission. The 2×4 even has a USB charging port for your phone, a motorcycle-style center kickstand for stability when parked, plus two cup holders for staying caffeinated.
Saiki designed the lithium ion battery pack (it uses advanced cylindrical cells similar to those used by Tesla Motors) to be easily serviced, durable, light, affordable and efficient. He says cyclists can go 30 miles on a charge and ride 10,000 miles for $30 worth of electricity–costing virtually nothing compared to the high expense of driving a car. The 2×4 is ideal for replacing that second family car and is a low-cost delivery solution for small businesses seeking an affordable alternative to a van or delivery car.
“We think that this battery technology is the breakthrough product people have been waiting for,” Saiki says. “The foremost advantage is that it is serviceable. Being able to easily replace one of more cells is a huge advantage. Huge EV battery packs are prone to having one or two bad cells. Nobody wants to throw out an entire EV pack just because there is one bad cell. Our technology facilitates thermal tracking of every cell in the pack. Any bad cell can be identified and replaced in minutes.”
Listen to Saiki describe the bike in this video:
NTS Works is based in Santa Cruz, Calif., where Saiki lives with his family. He and his wife Lisa can be seen pedaling their 2×4 around the city on grocery errands or carting the kids about town. Technological and environmental innovation aside, Saiki says his real motivation for building the 2×4 was personal: With young children, neither he nor Lisa have time to go mountain biking. Now they exercise while doing errands. Time stress is why Saiki decided to use Gates Carbon Drive. “Like many parents I don’t have the time, or desire, to maintain a chain,” he says. “Our bikes will also be sold to businesses, and the Gates belt drive is a low-maintenance solution for them. You don’t have to worry about cleaning and lubricating a chain. Just hop on and go.”