With its super-light carbon fiber frame and its clean and powerful belt drive, the Corvid from Independent Fabrications could be called a piece of performance art. It rips, and it looks good at the same time. Men’s Health certainly thinks so, featuring the bike in its June issue. Weighing just 13 pounds, it’s a concept bike meant to turn heads. Tyler Evans at Independent Fabrications built the bike because he was interested in the clean, quiet and lightweight aspects of the Carbon Drive System. It is now his favorite commuter bike, and he rides it across Boston to the office nearly every day. “It’s a mad dash,” he says, adding that the belt drive Corvid always attracts gawkers. “Crowds gather around it whenever I stop, and people ask lots of questions.” Evans plans to build a 29er singlespeed with Carbon Drive next, and a couple customers have contacted him about building up some belt drive commuters. Check out the post about the Corvid on the IF blog here.
Riding the future of Ned
Sign 'o' the times
I will keep this simple as to not wax on forever. But, despite snow in the air as I write this (true) there is some singletrack to ride up here. And it is tacky and lovely – and I have to say that I believe a new day is dawning (and no I am not referring to remote infared cam’s in the woods to observe) I am talking about Re-Root and Sam’s CLub and the new era that is being cracked open right now. Today is the future. It’s a new year. Show your trails some love. Dedicate 5% of your time to trail maintanence. The magical thing that you will discover – is that the next time you ride that section you cleaned up, or maybe re-routed out of a drainage, or just gave some care to. When next you ride it – you will feel a sense of elation and ownership and your trail experience will never be the same. Do it. Just Do It. It’s only natural.
It’s always encouraging when major media outlets such as the Today Show promote commuter biking. So we are psyched about Today’s recent story that coincides with National Bike to Work Day. As they stated in the story, most Americans have a commute of less than five miles, and biking to work just three times per week could help you drop 10 pounds in a year. Today’s report included some how-tos about what types of bike and equipment to buy. The Globe Live 3 with Gates Carbon Drive made it onto the air, though they referred to it as the “greaseless chain.” The Carbon Drive System actually features a clean and low-maintenance belt, not a chain, but it is greaseless and thus ideal for commuters who don’t want to get their clothes dirty. So when you hear your neighbors talking about wanting to get a bike with a “greaseless chain,” tell ‘em they want a belt-drive bike with Gates Carbon Drive. Check out the Today Show clip here.
LaBrea tar pits got nothin' on us
All Clear. Fire Engines
It was 30 when I left. A ride and a push and a glide and a grunt and an egg sandwich and a bus ride. And now….back to the bike. Gotta triple down before I head to Chicago for a few days. Hopeing to roll some sweet new ‘crete and maybe even some trail. Time will tell.
Bamboo is a highly renewable resource that is increasingly being used to build bikes. Now a China-based husband and wife team has devised a cool trike that can be used as a pedi-cab, or pedal-powered cab. It’s called a Treecycle. And it’s powered by a Gates Carbon Drive for strength and durability. Check out the article about the Treecycle in EcoBuild Magazine here.