February 2010 Archive

The Daily Mirror says you need the Soho with Carbon Drive

The bike blog of the London Daily Mirror newspaper has just published a review of Trek’s Carbon Drive Soho, giving the commuter bike 5 out of 5 stars. The paper calls it a design classic, “like something from Apple, or a Fiat 500.” Thanks to the Carbon Drive, it literally is cleaner: no lube, no greasy pants or hands. Wear your fancy pants without worry!

Still clean after two weeks of riding in London

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Don't read Dutch? You'll just have to take our word for it. Santos with Carbon Drive slays the competition

The results are in, or as they say in Dutch, “de uitslag.” Readers of Fiets Magazine in the Netherlands have voted the Santos SCC03 the best mountain bike of 2010. This bike combines a Rohloff hub with the Gates Carbon Drive for a super-clean multi-speed ripper. This is a good reason to book an MTB vacation in Holland!

Windmills, waffles, clogs and Gates Carbon Drive: the Dutch love em all

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Independent Fabrications will be showing off an ultralight Corvid singlespeed with Carbon Drive at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Richmond in late February. The Corvid weighs just 13 pounds and shows how the Carbon Drive, which weighs only 240 grams for the belt and sprockets combined, is being employed to make super-light rides with lots of style. Check out the IF blog post about the Corvid.

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Add crime fighting to the list of Carbon Drive benefits. The Denver Police Department is street-testing a bike equipped with Carbon Drive. Denver TV station Channel 4 aired a report on the new bike and says the quiet Carbon Drive System will allow cops to sneak up on bad guys. Check out the story. Gates and Spot Brand bikes donated the belt-drive bike to Sergeant Grady Carter of the Denver Police Department so that he and other bike patrol officers can use it on their rounds and provide feedback to Gates engineers.

Better than a squad car.

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Check out this bamboo fixie from Renovo Hardwood Bikes. It’s called the Pandamonium, and it’s so sexy they used it in a fashion show.

Pretty sweet for $1450, but be careful--pandas will eat it.

Got wood?

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