June 2010 Archive

Amanda Keller is an 11-year-old junior track racer who participates in the youth program at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester, Mich. And she rides a track bike with Gates Carbon Drive. Her father, Robert Keller of Bob Keller Frame Works, built Amanda the bike when she outgrew her old one. Keller has been curious about the Carbon Drive System for some time now, and when the director of the local velodrome suggested a belt drive bike, Keller got out his welding tools and went to work. Keller worked with Steve Pardoe at the Gates Test Lab in Golden, Colo., on the bike design, and Keller finished it this spring. Amanda has been riding the bike for about a month.

“She has come a long way in terms of her endurance, speed and bike handling skills,” says her proud father. Indeed. Amanda shows so much promise that she has signed up for the junior track nationals at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Penn. Go Amanda! Check out this link to Keller’s bike blog to see more photos of the bike and Amanda taking it for her first test ride at the velodrome. We look forward to getting an update on Amanda’s performance from her father after nationals. If you have an interesting story about your adventures on your belt drive bike, drop us a note.

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To Failure


Want-to-go-for-a-ride?

Yes, it’s a One Speed. I wanted to seek the place where I could ride no longer. And I found it. I felt pretty good going into the last climb. Made it to about 9,600 and my engine just shut down. We joke that Singlespeeds really have two speeds: Sitting and standing. There is a third. It’s called pushing. I recovered at the very end of the ride but I need to be on gears spinning huge rides. We leave on the 5th for a 10 day stint at the beach, with only rusty cruisers and family. I plan to be ready to settle into that without any angst.

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The Judan is a 25-pound steel singlespeed mountain bike from Norco. It comes stock with a Gates Carbon Drive, making it a great low-maintenance singletrack ripper. The Gear Junkie has been riding one this summer and he just posted a positive review. Stephen Regenold, aka the Gear Junkie, calls the Gates Carbon Drive “a game changer. The humble bike chain–greasy, gunk-prone, finicky if not lubed and maintained–has been standard equipment for decades,” he writes. “But belt drives, which employ a flexible loop of polyurethane embedded with carbon-fiber cords, give bikers a new option.” Read the review at Outside online here. Norco also makes two other bike models with the Carbon Drive System, the Ceres commuter and the Vesta urban singlespeed.

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Dawn


where you lead

Even on a hazy, deliriously gorgeous Monday morning after way too much riding….The Spot knows the way. Humid, cool clouds, a rocking climb over the back of Flagstaff in the early hours…legs came back nicely after about an hour of grimness.

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Made by Koga Miyata, the Adaptor is a compact travel bike with 20-inch wheels that is perfect for bringing on road trips or riding to the office. It features a Gates Carbon Drive for cleanliness and ease of maintenance. Check out the review by BikeRadar.com, one of our favorite UK cycling sites.

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