As spin classes become more popular for winter training and urban fitness, leading manufacturers of stationary bikes are using Gates Carbon Drive belts for smooth, strong and low-maintenance performance. Stages Indoor Cycling says its new SC2 and SC3 models provide “one of the smoothest, most realistic rides available indoors.” The bikes’ CarbonGlyde drive system uses a special Carbon Drive belt to power the flywheel. Stages says the Gates belt provides “unparalleled reliability and lack of maintenance.” stagesindoorcycling.com
Tour de France fans may have seen advertisements for the official Le Tour de France indoor cycle from FreeMotion Fitness, below. This spin bike delivers a quiet, smooth, powerful and efficient training ride thanks to its Gates Carbon Drive system. You can’t race in Le Tour, but you can spin on the official Tour stationary bike while watching TV coverage this summer–and dreaming of the French countryside. freemotionfitness.com
Schwinn Fitness now offers two indoor bikes with Gates belts: the A.C. Performance Plus and the A.C. Sport. Schwinn Fitness calls its drive system Carbon Blue. Watch the video below to learn about what makes Carbon Blue so special. Now spin faster! schwinncarbonblue.com
Located in Chile’s arid Atacama Desert, the Ojos del Salado is the second tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere at 6,893 meters (22,615 feet). It’s a cold, barren and unforgiving landscape. Earlier this year, German adventurer Guido Kunze came here on a quest to set a new world record for the highest altitude bike ride. His successful quest is featured in the German documentary, “Die Chile Challenge.”
A national hero in Germany, Guido set the record at 6:02 p.m. on October 16, 2014, when his Garmin Edge showed him topping out at 6,233 meters (20,449 feet). Guido had ridden for 37 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds, pedaling 342 kilometers (212 miles) from the warm Pacific coast to the thin air of Ojos del Salado. High winds, soft sand and a lack of oxygen pressed Guido to the limit, requiring him to push his bike the final meters, but fitness and fortitude allowed him to beat the previous record of 6,085 meters (19,964 feet).
The Ojos del Salado is the latest crazy athletic feat for Guido, an ultra runner and ultra cyclist whose adventure resume includes riding the Tour de France course in nine and a half days, crossing Australia by bike in seven days, mountain biking the Great Wall of China, completing the Race Across America, and more.
Guido completed the adventure on a Ghost fat bike with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system and a Pinion gearbox. The bike and components were chosen to give Guido superior traction on the steep sand, and to provide low gearing, surefire shifting, and no chain maintenance during the ride. Read more about the adventure and bike at Ghost Bikes. Thanks to photographer Christian Habel for all the images in this post.
Guido with support crew after breaking the record.
Six-time World Champion trials rider Marco Hösel rides, leaps, hops and jumps his way through a saw mill in this new video featuring Marco’s unique Nicolai BMXTB with the Gates Carbon Drive belt. Watch out Marco, those blades are sharp!
Fixie rider, road racer, tattoo model and vegan: Mianzi Rei is an icon of German women’s cycling and a driving force in Berlin’s urban riding scene. This stylish and contemplative video, My Legs My Gears, takes an inside look at her life in Berlin, her love of bikes, the thrill of spinning around a velodrome, and how a policeman once pushed her off her bike for riding on the sidewalk. We look forward to following Rei in 2015 when she competes in the Red Hook Crit fixed gear race series on her custom Hektor fixie with Gates Carbon Drive from Schindelhauer Bikes.
“It is great having Mianzi Rei on our team. She is ambitious, seeks new challenges every time she rides and is an icon of the European fixed gear scene,” says Jörg Schindelhauer. “Mianzi is always friendly and open-minded, making her the perfect ambassador for Schindelhauer.”
Gates-Nicolai Mountain Bike Team member–and Swiss BMX champion–David Graf ditches his BMX bike for a Nicolai Argon FAT in the new video “Pig Rodeo.” Watch G-Raf fly the tabletops and air out his balloon tires like a supersonic swine on the trails of Lenzerheide, Switzerland.