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.
Former pro downhiller Frank Schneider likes to go fast. He also loves his fatty foods. Watch him eat up the Harz Mountains in Germany on his Nicolai Argon FAT Pinion with Gates Carbon Drive. This may be the most high performance fat bike ever. So fat. So fett. So Fääzzt. But please hold the mayo.
More bicycles are being introduced every year that pair Gates Carbon Drive with internally geared hubs, such as Shimano’s Alfine 11 pictured above. Geared hubs and Carbon Drive belts provide a clean, low-maintenance alternative to greasy chains and derailleurs. But changing a rear wheel on a geared hub bike for the first time requires a little knowledge. To educate bicyclists on this procedure, Gates has launched a new video that provides information on rear wheel removal for Carbon Drive-equipped bikes with Shimano Alfine 8- and 11-speed hubs, Shimano Nexus 7 and the NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary hub. Watch the video below, and check out other Carbon Drive videos at www.gatescarbondrive.com/gallery/videos
Nicolai is a German brand known for its innovation, precision design and use of new technologies such as Gates Carbon Drive. Nicolai’s Ion 20 Effigear is a downhill bike built for the needs of modern cyclists. With a Gates Carbon Drive and Effigear gearbox, it tackles rough terrain without the worry of wrecking a derailleur, and the belt eliminates noisy chain slap, greasy lubrication and chain maintenance. Watch the video below to see the bike in action. Gates/Nicolai team racer Mike Schär took a side trip to the African nation of Lesotho to give his Ion 20 Effigear a workout prior to competing in the Downhill World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
As we look back at 2013, the Gates Carbon Drive singlespeed mountain bike team would like to thank all its sponsors for creating some amazing bikes and contributing to a highly successful season. The team hit 30 races in three states and landed on the podium 24 times. Team captain and bearded pedal pusher Tim Lucking took first place in the 18 Hours of Fruita as part of a two-man team that raced on singlespeeds against geared competition. Says Tim:
“Mitch Westall had a banner year, winning three of the biggest series in Colorado–the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, the Winter Park Race Series, and the Highlands Ranch Backcountry Mountain Bike Series. Jesse Swift, Derek Strong, and Taylor Nye took third place in the team relay category of the grueling Breckenridge 100.”