Commuter Bikes Category Archive

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Some bikes are made for the mountains. Others for the open road. This bike is made for the city. For tight corners and quick accelerations. For Denver. It’s a BMC AC01 with Shimano Alfine Di2 electronic shifting. Clean, quiet and fast. Gates Carbon Drive just makes a bike more intriguing. More stylish. More practical. Cycling Simplified. Now imagine a greasy chain on this bike. How different it would be. You might not even turn to look. But you want to look at this bike. It’s a clean blue streak on the streets of Denver. Look fast before it’s gone.

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All photos by Gates team shooter Tim Lucking.

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Everybody needs some time to coast. That’s the motto of new Singapore bike brand Coast Cycles, which has just launched the Coastliner belt drive urban bicycle. The Coastliner is a stylish and practical city bike engineered to brave the urban environment and withstand the elements. It is designed to be rust-free and simple to maintain, with a clean and uncluttered aesthetic.

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The Coastliner hides its cables inside a seamless aluminium frame with no visible welds. Other features include soft-touch foam grips and microfiber saddles ideal for humid weather. It comes in four colors (matte white, satin chrome, grey, and pearl white), with the choice of Shimano Alfine 11-Speed internal gear hub, or the SRAM Automatix two-speed auto shifter for ultimate simplicity.

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The company and bike are the work of Jansen Tan, a former Singaporean national “bike trials” athlete who began designing bicycles while studying at Temasek Polytechnic. “What started out as a small project to design one new frame and the hope of creating an ideal bicycle blossomed into a whole new bicycle brand,” he said. “The focus of Coast Cycles is the feeling of the ride. The name came from the idea of coasting, of taking some time out and enjoying the journey.”

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Coast Cycles, based in the trendy Siglap district of Singapore, is also a two-story bicycle concept store and cycle cafe with 3,000 square feet of retail space that features boutique local coffee, a greenery patio and Singaporean snack foods including “Rendang hot dogs” and “Honeycomb cheese toast.” We’ve never had either of those but they sound awesome. Customers can test the smooth Gates Carbon Drive equipped Coastliner on a rolling trainer inside the air conditioned shop if it is too humid outside, all while listening to modern music from the Singaporean label Darker than Wax.

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Coast Cycles is located at 54 Siglap Drive, Singapore, 456176. See more photos and information about the Coastliner at and


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BMC and Lamborghini have collaborated on a special edition Lamborghini-branded city bike that delivers style, technical innovation…and lots of horsepower.  “The alpenchallenge edizione speciale combines carbon fiber monococque components with a tubular aluminum space frame,” BMC said in announcing the new bike. “It is equipped to perform with components that are both visually and functionally integrated with the chassis, incorporating some of the latest technological developments in the bicycle industry.” The Lamborghini bike is available through BMC and Lamborghini dealers. More info here.

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On March 25 at 16:00 Central European Time (morning in North America) BMC’s Switzerland-based lifeststyle bike product manager, Terrance Malone, will be on Facebook and available to answer questions about this bike and BMC’s other models with Gates Carbon Drive. If you are a Lamborghini fan, go here next Tuesday to see or participate in the discussion:


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Cycle Monkey is an innovative bike builder and belt drive specialist based near Berkeley in Albany, California. They are also the North American distributor for the Rohloff Speedhub, which pairs well with Gates Carbon Drive to produce a clean, quiet and low-maintenance drivetrain without derailleurs or chains. Cycle Monkey has produced many fine custom bikes featuring Carbon Drive, and here are some of our favorites.

Pictured above is the Green Troll, a do-it-all travel bike with couplers to take apart the frame for packing in a suitcase. “This modified Surly Troll frame was put together for a customer who lives in Southern California, but spends a fair amount of time in the rural East Coast every year,” says Cycle Monkey owner Neil Flock. “He wanted a versatile full-sized bike that he could easily pack up to take on an airplane and was sturdy and reliable.” More info on the Green Troll here.

Cycle Monkey_IF_profileThe Independent Fabrications 29er above was customized for a customer seeking his dream commuter bike. “He wanted a good looking bike that he could use to comfortably explore the East Coast bike paths and city streets near his home,” Cycle Monkey writes on its Monkey Lab blog. Click for more info.

Below is the Surly Krampus modified to run a Gates belt. “The goal for this build was to create a bike that could be ridden more aggressively through rock gardens, off drops and jumps, and down steep descents.” More info here.

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The Surly Moonlander, below, was built for a customer in snowy Minnesota. “When riding in sand, snow, mud and other messy conditions, the bike’s drivetrain must be able to withstand all the different kinds of grime that come up off the trail,” say the Monkeys. “Derailleurs and chains on fat bikes can sometimes live up to these conditions but are often found lacking. Because of the wear that these conditions put on components, the lifespan of a fat bike drivetrain is notoriously short. However, the Gates Carbon Drive and Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 combination solves these problems and has developed a reputation as the drivetrain that every fat bike rider covets.” More info here.

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Cycle Monkey_Twentytwo29+_wholebike_mainAbove is the Twenty2 Cycles 29er.  “This gorgeous Twenty2 Cycles frame is the latest in a handful of builds we have put together using the new “29+” platform. These bikes use three inch wide 29er tires mounted to 50mm rims, which provide ample float and traction like a fat bike, yet roll fast like a standard 29er.” More info here.

To see more cool belt drive bikes visit the Monkey Lab blog, and visit them at the upcoming North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

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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.”

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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.

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