Tune Up Your Belt: Sonic Tension Tester iPhone App Now Available from iTunes

The new Gates Carbon Drive iPhone app determines whether a cyclist needs to tighten or loosen their belt-drive bike tensioners.Proper belt tension is key to the optimal performance of your Gates Carbon Drive. Thanks to a new iPhone app developed by Gates, fine-tuning your belt tension is easier than ever. Simply hold your iPhone beside the belt and pluck the belt like a guitar string. The program measures the frequency of the “note” emitted by the belt and determines whether you need to tighten up or loosen your tensioners.

Developed for consumers who own belt drive bikes and bike shop employees who service bicycles with Carbon Drive, the iPhone app is an integral part of Gates’ push to make its clean, quiet, light and strong belt drive systems as easy and familiar to use as chains. The iPhone app also includes a pulley, or sprocket, Size Calculator that allows cyclists to determine their ideal pulley and belt setup. Click here to download the app from iTunes. For all you wrenches out there, it’s like sweet music for your ears.

The Gates Carbon Drive iPhone app also includes a pulley or sprocket size calculator to determine ideal pulley and belt setup.

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8 comments:

  1. Time for an Android app, and you’ll have yourself a customer just for the sheer nerd factor.

  2. Ditto on the Droid app. Honestly,though, this all sounds ficticious. If not, excellent job.

  3. [...] the App → More at Gates [...]

  4. Brilliant! Completed my geek out with my Norco Ceres and might even be useful with the tensioner!

  5. jason writes:
    May 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    If You are using frequency as the unit of measure. Use the guitar tuner apps. I use it to do the timing belt on my car…

  6. Great. Downloaded the App, to find that it doesn’t have a function for 69/74 tooth sprockets and 250 tooth belts of Gates tandem sync drive.

    When will the app work for tandem Gates belt sync drives?

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/738687-Carbon-Drive-Bicycle-Calculator-iPhone-App?p=12700682&viewfull=1#post12700682

  7. Drew and Jeremy: An Android App is in the plans. There are some hardware considerations that need to be reviewed as different manufacturers of Android phone have different microphones. Stay tuned!

  8. Frank writes:
    May 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    “There are some hardware considerations that need to be reviewed as different manufacturers of Android phone have different microphones” <– So true. I'm a mobile app developer, and the "open" (read: fragmented) Android eco-system has been a source of headache. Anyway, thanks for the very useful app. Is an iPad version coming too?

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