San Francisco is one of America’s most beautiful cities, but its hills are a challenge for bicyclists. Enter the Faraday eBike, which provides an electric boost to get you home or to work, no sweat. Want to test one? If you live in San Francisco or plan to visit the Bay Area, Faraday has a demo program that allows you to test a Porteur eBike for up to a week. Free. If you are too busy to visit the Faraday office, they will deliver an eBike to your home or office for a small charge. “For most people this is their first time experiencing an electric bike and Gates belt drive,” says Faraday founder Adam Vollmer. “The demo program is a fun way to see how our bike fits into your life, test your commute and also feel the smooth and clean advantages of a Gates Carbon Drive versus a chain.” It also means you can pedal this most beautiful city, enjoying its sights and culture, with ease and style. faradaybikes.com
Budnitz Bicycles is giving away this bike—a red hot No. 1 with the limited edition Carbon Drive Red belt. The winner will be chosen at random on January 31. Anybody anywhere in the world–from Antarctica to Zimbabwe–is eligible to win. Enter to win here. The bike features a lightweight titanium frame and Budnitz’s signature twin top tube tube cantilever design. The Gates Carbon Drive Red belt is paired with slick Kojak tires, Avid disc brakes with Paul levers and titanium Budnitz saddle, riser bar and badges.
Based in Burlington, Vermont, Budnitz is a premium boutique bicycle brand that uses Gates belts on all of its models and is known for its impeccable style. budnitzbicycles.com
The new Glow Bike from English Cycles looks incredible during the day but it absolutely pops at night. Built for a Seattle customer, the commuter bike features a “Glowbee” clear top coat that glows in the dark. Disc brakes, 11-speed internal gear hub, Gates Carbon Drive system, tubeless tires, full fenders, an Ergon seat post and Niner eccentric bottom bracket complete the build. Total weight with pedals is just over 23 pounds.
On a personal note, we are elated to see Rob English back in the shop following a horrid crash in a bike race last summer that left him hospitalized and out of work for several months. Still healing, Rob is working with one arm in a sling due to a badly damaged bicep muscle. That’s true grit. See more images of his Glow Bike below, and check out some of his previous belt drive bikes here.
The Chimera is a fire-breathing beast from Greek mythology that has the head of a lion, the body of a goat and a serpent’s tail. In modern science, a chimera is a laboratory animal with DNA from multiple organisms. Woodrup Cycles named its belt drive touring and commuting bike the Chimera BD because it contains DNA from many bicycles. It is a city bike, an all-weather commuter and a long-haul trekking bike. It comes equipped with a Rohloff hub and a Gates belt drive–hence the BD.
Located in Leeds, England, Woodrup Cycles is a historic British brand well-known among bike aficionados. Legendary British cyclist Barry Hoban is said to have won a stage of the Tour de France on his Woodrup. The company was founded after World War II by Maurice Woodrup, whose son, Stephen, took over in the 1970s and has been the chief frame builder ever since. Now, Stephen’s children have joined the company to carry on the family tradition.
Maurice and Jean Woodrup with son, Stephen.
Woodrup’s Chimera BD shows that this historic brand continues to innovate. In addition to its Chimera frameset, Woodrup makes the FAB, which stands for Fixed and Belted. Check out the bling on the joinery of the FAB below, as well as several more configurations of the Chimera BD.
In addition to its custom bikes, Woodrup Cycles operates a large retail shop and service center in Leeds that supplies police cycles for local constabularies and a paramedic unit. Woodrup likewise participates in several bike-to-work programs that allow Brits to buy commuter bikes tax-free. No doubt, Woodrup is a proud brand with a tradition of excellence, and an eye for modern technologies, embedded in its DNA. woodrupcycles.com
Nua means nude or bare in Catalan, the official language of Andorra and parts of Northeast Spain. It is also the name of a new Barcelona bike brand that specializes in clean, hand-polished titanium frames equipped with Gates belt drives and offering a simple aesthetic. “I love riding bicycles because of the sensation of freedom they give me, but I’m also attracted to them as objects,” says Nua founder Roberto Aznar, a former professional industrial designer with degrees in mechanical and materials engineering. “Two years ago I decided to stop designing industrial machines and start making bicycles.”
Aznar is a do-it-yourself guy who learned how to do plumbing, electrical wiring, welding, bricklaying and carpentry while building his home. He makes furniture and musical instruments and built his own recording studio. He applies that creativity and discipline to his bikes. Aznar calls titanium “the eternal material” because it doesn’t corrode–and he offers a lifetime guarantee on his frames. “Our bikes are meant for a discerning client who appreciates well-made things. The world is already full of things that break down, which never work right and frustrate the user.”
The SC-01 pictured here is an agile singlespeed with features including a seat post clamp integrated into the frame, internal cable routing and eyelets for fenders and racks. Other touches include a Brooks saddle and matching leather grips, titanium handlebars and Mavic rims. Aznar is now preparing to launch a second model–this one with an internally geared hub combined with the Gates Carbon Drive system. “The Gates belt drive is simply the best option for a single speed or internal gear hub city bike.”
No matter what language you speak, that’ s the bare naked truth. nuabikes.com