photo: Sebastian Hofer
Of all the racing disciplines, fixed-gear road racing may be the most insane. One gear, no brakes, no coasting–just power pedaling, adrenaline and supreme bike handling skill. Crashes are frequent. Born from bike messenger culture, fixie street races such as the Red Hook criterium series have exploded in popularity, with thousands of fans and urban hipsters lining the courses. In Germany, the Rad Race series offers similar excitement, and cities from London to New York to Milan and Barcelona have their own fixie racing cultures. In 2015, Gates Carbon Drive teamed up with Berlin brand Schindelhauer to create a belt-drive fixed gear team. Team Schindelhauer-Gates is back for 2016 with new members, flashy new Carbon Drive blue race kits, and some impressive wins. New female team member Karla Sommer, below, took her Schindelhauer Hektor to the Hamburg Velodrome this summer and grabbed three victories: first place finishes in the 500 meter and 1,000-meter time trials, and first in the points race. She finished the season as the female Rad Race Series winner. “We are really proud of Karla,” says Schindelhauer creative director Stephan Zehren, also a team member.
photo: Burkhard Sielaf
photo: Romain Villerot
Competing in the Team Time Trial. photo: Nils Laengner
Looping the corner in the Team Time Trial. Cornering at high speed can be treacherous, because riders must avoid striking their pedals on the pavement while carving tight turns. photo: Nils Laengner
The 2016 Team Schindelhauer-Gates: Roland Trauzold, Germany; Paul Gohrke, Germany; Torsten Rasch, Germany; Stephan Zehren, Germany; Yvann Morf, Switzerland; Dylan Longridge, Switzerland; Adrian Merkt, Switzerland; Karla Sommer, Germany; Samantha Fox, USA. See more photos at the team Facebook page.
“The Schindelhauer-Gates team is an opportunity to showcase the high performance of our belt drives in an exciting, spectator-friendly sport with a growing global audience,” said Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “Schindelhauer’s aesthetic and brand identity are deeply rooted in Berlin’s street scene, so it is natural for us to be part of this growing international fixed gear criterium culture,” added Jörg Schindelhauer, co-founder of Schindelhauer Bikes. Read more about the team’s creation.
In other cool Schindelhauer news, the brand has released a limited edition Ludwig VIII as part of the Brooks England 150th anniversary. The bike features a matte black frame with copper highlights to compliment the Brooks copper rivets. See more photos at schindelhauerbikes.com.
How many lawyers does it take to fix a flat tire? We don’t know. There will be no lawyer jokes in this post. But we do know that there are no attorneys among the founders of Lawyer’s Bike, an Italian brand whose name is meant to evoke a mood of elegance, distinction and professionalism.
“Our customers are young and wealthy professionals who want to stand out from the crowd,” says Riccardo Pozzoli, one of three young men in their mid-20s who formed Lawyer’s in 2015. Pozzoli studies history at Milan University and works for an interior design studio. Andrea Calastri is a former bike racer. Federico Cazzaniga is a geologist, photographer and computer enthusiast. All three are passionate urban bicyclists.
Lawyer’s is located in and inspired by the design and furniture district of Brianza, near Milan in northwestern Italy. Their aesthetic is “clean, simple and elegant design combined with innovative materials,” Pozzoli says. Components include Brooks leather saddles, Cerchi Ghisallo wooden rims, beech wood bars and Gates drives. The aluminum frames are welded by Vetta, a legendary third-generation frame maker. Painting is done by Verniciatura Emmeci, which also works for well-known Italian brands including Bianchi, Pinarello and Colnago.
Lawyer’s offers two models and a bike configurator that allows customers to tailor their style. The Milano is sporty and modern, with matte frames and carbon forks. “It is designed to be rigid and reactive,” Pozzoli says. The Verona is classic, with glossy finishes and the option of beech wood rims and bars. A third model, Portofino, also with Gates Carbon Drive, is coming soon. Lawyer’s will offer the Portofino in a men’s or women’s version, with SRAM two-speed Automatix shifting. Perfect for riding to work, or the law office. lawyersbike.com
Zoltán Bakó is one hard Hungarian. This summer the fixie fanatic and founder of Fixed X Hungary will do two rides worthy of the record books: a time trial across Hungary, attempting to beat his old record; and an Ironman triathlon that will require him to run 21 km, swim 1.9 km and cycle 90 km. This would be tough on a geared bike. On a one-speed fixie? Insane. But like we said, Zoltán is a hard dude. “I’m an amateur athlete but this year I am training with a professional coach who is helping me get fit for the Ironman. My schedule is quite hard: six days of training per week. All bike sessions are on my belted fixie.”
Last year, Zoltán rode 443 km (275 miles) for 22 hours and 37 minutes on his fixed gear bike to set a new Guinness record across Hungary. This year he wants to beat that record, and he has set a tentative date of late June or early July for the ride. A month-and-a-half later on August 22 he will compete in the Ironman 70.3 Budapest. His bike was created by his company, BBS Cycle, a belt drive specialist. Zoltán enjoys the Gates belt drive (“szíj hajtás” in Hungarian) due to its light weight and low maintenance.
60-tooth front sprocket, 21-tooth rear with a 108-tooth belt
Follow Zoltán at www.facebook.com/fixedxhungary and on his website www.fixedxhungary.hu
Residents of Hungary who would like to learn more about Gates Carbon Drive can contact our official Hungarian distributor, Massive Bikes.
Gates Corporation and Schindelhauer Bikes have partnered to launch the world’s first belt-drive fixed gear racing team, Schindelhauer-Gates. The seven-person team will race in the international Red Hook Criterium series, Germany’s Rad Race events and select fixed gear races in Great Britain, Germany, the United States, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. On May 31, Schindelhauer-Gates won the team competition at the Fixed Gear World Championships in Berlin, where the male and female winners received custom-painted Schindelhauer frames with Gates Carbon Drive systems.
“The Schindelhauer-Gates team is an opportunity to showcase the high performance of our belt drives in an exciting, spectator-friendly sport with a growing global audience,” says Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “Schindelhauer was an early adopter of the Gates Carbon Drive system and we are proud to be an integral part of their brand and lifestyle.”
“Schindelhauer’s aesthetic and brand identity are deeply rooted in Berlin’s street scene, so it is natural for us to be part of this growing international fixed gear criterium culture,” says Jörg Schindelhauer, co-founder of Schindelhauer Bikes. “At the same time, Schindelhauer is attuned to the technologies that make bicycling simpler and more fun, which is why we use Gates Carbon Drive on all our bikes.”
The team consists of five men and two women from Germany and Switzerland: Mianzi Rei (pictured above and below), Martin Morgenstern, Claudia Weiss, Adrien Merkt, Dylan Longridge, Roland Trauzold and Yvan Morf. Rei is a well-known competitor in the fixie scene and the subject of the movie, “My Legs My Gears.”
Schindelhauer-Gates recently competed in its first race, at the Berliner Fahrradschau’s “Last Man Standing” and “Last Woman Standing” Rad Races. Rei finished second in the women’s competition, delivering the fastest lap, while Weiss finished seventh in the women’s race. Morf made it into the men’s finals and finished fourth, while Longridge finished seventh.
- Mianzi Rei, 34, Berlin
- Claudia Weiss, 34, Zurich
- Dylan Longridge, 25, Zurich
- Adrien Merkt, 21, Zurich
- Roland Trauzold, 33, Zurich
- Martin Morgenstern, 29, Hannover, Germany
- Yvan Morf, 20, Zurich
- Schindelhauer “Hektor” frameset
- AL6061-T6 triple butted aero tubing
- Horizontal dropouts with Crocodile belt-tensioning system
- Schindelhauer SBP belt port
- Integrated seat post clamp
- Straight carbon fork
- Gates Carbon Drive CDX belt and sprockets
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