SOLID is an urban transportation machine created for the prestigious Oregon Manifest competition by a team of distinguished Portland designers and thinkers. Equipped with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system for low-maintenance simplicity and grease-free cleanliness, SOLID features 3D-printing technology, a mobile app and other innovative features designed to inspire everyday cycling with style and practicality. This beautiful work of functional design is the brainchild of Portland’s Ti Cycles and the PDX design firm Industry, with input from Nike design icon Tinker Hatfield, former Portland mayor and Portlandia actor Sam Adams, and others. The bike features:
a 3D-printed frame and parts
a “Discover My City” mobile app
light and strong titanium “Super Commuter” frame
Gates Carbon Drive belt and sprockets for lightweight durability and cleanliness
internal geared hub for easy shifting without a derailleur
disc brakes for stopping power in all weather
dynamo powered electronics
fenders (it’s Portland!)
internal wiring for a smooth aesthetic.
INDUSTRY and Ti Cycles want to reclaim Portland as the bike capital of the world with their release of SOLID. Online voting begins on July 28 and concludes on August 2. Vote for the SOLID at http://oregonmanifest.com/vote. Follow the hashtag #SOLIDPDX on Twitter and Instagram. Journalists and editors can download the full press kit with images and video at http://www.industrypdx.com/inspire/solid-press-kit
Spot Brand has launched its new and upgraded line of belt drive city bikes. “We want to show that reliable bikes for everyday urban use can also be fast and look great,” says Spot president Andrew Lumpkin. “You won’t find a greasy chain or derailleur in our city line. These bikes are made to jump on and go, whether it’s a 30-mile commute to work, the coffee shop or to pick up takeout at the City Wok.” Read the full story on the Bicycle Retailer site.
Highlighting the new line is the Wazee. Spot describes the bike on its website as a combination of style, precision and panache:
In the spirit of Colin Chapman, the brash auto racing entrepreneur who created the Lotus 38 that won the 1965 Indy 500, we present the Wazee—a city bike that blends modern technology with retro racing aesthetics. The sleek and streamlined steel frame delivers the classic ride characteristics and road-feel that bicyclists prize. And with its Lotus-inspired Chapman green (of course) color scheme, the Wazee handles city streets with precision and panache. Our Wazee is the newest member of the Spot family but its heritage runs deep. Wazee Street is one of Denver’s most storied thoroughfares, the epicenter of LoDo and beating heart of Mile-High commerce and culture. Anchoring the bike is the most innovative drive system available: a CenterTrack belt drive that motors fast and quiet, lap after lap after lap. Colin Chapman would be proud.
The Dualie, above, returns to the Spot family of city bikes with some nice upgrades. Here is how Spot describes the bike:
The light turns green and you’re off. By mid-block the singlespeeders and fixie riders are at max velocity. That’s when you kick your Dualie into overdrive and drop those posers. The Dualie is like a singlespeed on steroids. It marries the world’s most advanced carbon fiber belt drive with a two-speed kick shifter, stylishly integrated into a sleek steel frame dressed in Scooter blue. Back pedal half a turn to upshift or downshift. It’s that easy. The ethic is simplicity, the aesthetic thoroughly mod. Bicycling picked the Dualie as one of its favorite new city bikes. Yo, fixie riders, time to kick it up a notch! Two, after all, is the new one.
Spot has also re-launched its Acme and Ajax models, calling the Acme (pictured above) “a Mercedes on two wheels,” featuring “the most advanced, reliable—and clean–drive train on the market: a sealed 11 speed shifter mated to a smooth and strong belt drive.”
Spot calls the Ajax an “urban ninja in matte black,” and a bike that “moves through the city with stealth and speed.”
Check out the Spot website for more details and pricing. Wazee! We want…
German bike brand Tout Terrain makes beautiful belt drive bikes that mix fashion and style with speed and performance. The company has just launched a new microsite and Style Guide to help customers identify their Carbon Drive bike style. Featuring compelling design and photography, the site introduces you to Franka, Julian and Sam and brings you on a journey to their favorite bike locations.
Franka, above, is a cafe cruiser who likes to pedal to the park and to rendezvous with friends by bike. Sam, below, is a businessman who uses his Tout Terrain to get to the office on time. Julian is a messenger and party boy who charges through the urban jungle and navigates the city’s nightlife by bike.
Check out the English or the German versions of the site to learn your bike style. Franka’s preferred bike, by the way, is the Via Veneto Lady.
Mountain bikes featuring the chain-replacing Gates Carbon Drive belt system are the top prizes in a national contest that encourages consumers to get their “Rocky Mountain Fix.” Two belt drive singlespeed mountain bikes from REEB Cycles will be awarded in the Rocky Mountain Fix contest, which is sponsored by leading outdoor lifestyle brands Kelty, Kuat, Oskar Blues Brewery and Mountain Flyer Magazine.
Rocky Mountain Fix offers monthly prizes including bikes, camping gear and bike racks all summer long, culminating with the grand prize: a REEB singlespeed 29er with Carbon Drive, a Tailgater camping setup from Kelty, a top-of-the-line Kuat NV bike rack, a lifetime subscription to mountain biking magazine Mountain Flyer, and a trip for two to Colorado for a bike camping weekend hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery.
“This is a great opportunity to position Gates Carbon Drive alongside these other innovative lifestyle brands and their active, outdoorsy audiences,” says Greg Vigil, Gates VP of marketing. “The fans and users of Kelty, Kuat, Oskar Blues and Mountain Flyer are the exact people that Gates Carbon Drive wants to reach.”
Rocky Mountain Fix will be promoted on the back of several million beer cans from Oskar Blues, an award-winning Colorado craft brewer. Selected Whole Foods and Kroger supermarkets will also promote the contest with in-store beer stacks, posters and displays that entice consumers to “Win a Gates belt drive 29er.”
Spring arrived early this year in South Lake Tahoe, cutting short the ski season but allowing cyclists to get on their bikes sooner. It’s a beautiful season to ride. The meadows are sprouting with wildflowers, providing colorful splashes to the rapidly greening landscape. The trunks of the big pines glow reddish in the late-afternoon light, their giant cones littering the trail.
The Raleigh Hodala singlespeed with Carbon Drive is fast and agile–a cyclocross racing bike. Belt-drive riding, however, is about more than just speed. I grab the bike from my garage and go, no dirty chain to clean or lube. No derailleur to adjust.
Some technologies make life more complex. Carbon Drive has simplified mine. Less bike maintenance means more time to ride. And to slow down to enjoy the flowers.
Thanks to Tahoe photographer Dylan Silver for the photos.