Bicycle Touring Category Archive

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Sam Whittingham of Naked Bicycles describes this custom steel Globe Trotter as “a traveling mule designed for classic loaded touring.” It was built for a long-distance trip this summer. “The Buyer has spent many years working for NGOs in Afghanistan and is taking some well-needed time away from his duties to tour across Canada.” The bike is purpose-built for low-maintenance simplicity during long days in the saddle. In addition to the Gates Carbon Drive belt and Rohloff geared hub, it features custom Naked dropouts and a frame split on the seat stay. The belt is tensioned with the Biocentric 2 eccentric bottom bracket from Niner. The fork is integrated with a SON SL generator hub that powers the light and the Cinq Plug USB charger, which supplies energy for a smartphone.

Whittingham has built many beautiful belted bikes over the years including an award winner from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and his personal singlespeed mountain bike, which he trail rides near his home on Quadra Island in British Columbia. nakedbicycles.com

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Bicycles have always played an important role in the life of Patrik Widmer, owner of Switzerland’s 47 Degrees North (47 Grad Nord). He bicycle toured with his parents, raced mountain bikes as a teenager and later became a bike messenger. As an adult he worked for an international environmental organization and then as an electrical engineer, but bicycles remained his passion. When his bike was stolen, he worked with a frame builder to build a new one and learn the craft.

In 2008, Widmer opened his own frame building studio in the Swiss city of Biel/Bienne, at the southern end of the Jura Mountains. Biel/Bienne is a bilingual city where French and German are spoken, and it is known for its watchmakers including companies including Rolex and Omega, as well as DT Swiss. The region also offers many great rides. Widmer commutes to work daily on his belt drive gearbox bike and frequently pedals around Lake Biel in the early morning. Once a year he hits the road for several weeks on his bike loaded with camping gear. He has toured Norway and the North Sea coast of England.

Pictured here is Widmer’s Frigg touring bike with a low-step frame for easy mounting and a Pinion gearbox and Gates Carbon Drive system for low maintenance. “It gives me great pleasure to work with customers to envision their dream bike, and then to work closely with them to implement this dream. A 47° Nord bike  is a reliable companion, smart and built to last.” 47grad-nord.ch

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ROSE ACTIVA PRO-V Carbon Drive

The past meets the future at Rose Bikes, a family-owned German brand with a long tradition of innovation, artistry and cycling excellence. The photographs above tell the story: a historic headbadge that evokes the fine craftsmanship of an earlier era, juxtaposed with the new Activa Pro-V Carbon Drive bicycle, a state-of-the-art example of modern cycling design and performance.

The Rose story begins more than a century ago in 1907 with Heinrich Rose and his tiny bicycle shop in the town of Bocholt. Now in its fourth generation and run by Heinrich’s great grandson, Erwin, Rose Bicycles has grown into a company with more than 350 employees, a massive bike catalog, award-winning shops in Bocholt and Munich, and dealers across Europe and the United Kingdom. The Rose BIKETOWN concept store in Munich was recently named the best bike retail shop in Germany by the German Retail Association. Heinrich Rose would be proud. For 2015, Rose has created a line of trekking and city bikes with the Gates Carbon Drive belt system. Gates is pleased to be part of the Rose legacy, a sweet story that began with one man’s dream and continues today with many chapters to come.

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Rose Bike Town

ROSE ACTIVA PRO-III Carbon Drive

 ACTIVA PRO-III Carbon Drive

ROSE BLACK LAVA-2 Carbon Drive Trekking Men, graublauschwarz

BLACK LAVA-2 Carbon Drive Trekking Men

ROSE BLACK LAVA-2 Carbon Drive Trekking Unisex Sport, anodized-black

BLACK LAVA-2 Carbon Drive Trekking Unisex Sport

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Faraday-hilltop

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

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Woodrup Chimera rohloff blue

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.

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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.

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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

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