We typically feature new bikes on the Belted Blog, but this 52-year-old cruiser is a true beauty with a long history and a new life. It’s a 1963 Schwinn “Tiger” that has been retrofitted with a Gates Carbon Drive belt. The bike is owned by Marc Seemann, the newest member of the Gates Carbon Drive crew in Denver. Marc is the technical support specialist for Gates Carbon Drive in North America. If you call or email with tech questions, Marc is the dude with answers. He also does a mean wheelie and has a closet full of timber-sexy flannel shirts.
Marc got the frame for free in high school. The owner of the bike shop where Marc worked found it in some weeds behind a barn. “This bike survived some extreme abuse and negligence during my college years, so it’s definitely a keeper,” he says. After joining Gates, Marc cut the right stay and installed a frame split to create an opening for the belt, which is tensioned with a Surly Tug Nut. “I welded some cantilever posts on a year ago to get some decent brakes (replacing the original coaster brake), and the rest is a hodgepodge of old 1980s and ’90s BMX parts.” Left to rot in a field, the bike is now Marc’s primary commuter. If you see a bearded lumberjack rolling down the Denver streets on it, say hi to Marc.
Thanks to Tim Lucking for the photography.
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 Commuter from German bike brand Canyon takes urban style and functionality to a new level. The bike’s front light is embedded in the cockpit and powered by dynamos in the dropouts. Cables are routed internally to preserve the Commuter’s smooth and clean aesthetic. Other fine touches include a Shimano Alfine internally geared hub paired with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system, hydraulic disc brakes and a rear fender with an integrated pannier carrier. The Commuter is European city bike design at its finest. The judges at Eurobike agree, awarding the Commuter one of just 10 gold medals in the Eurobike design competition last week. Here’s what they said:
“In terms of appearance we’ve rarely seen an urban bike that reinterprets this theme as radically as the Commuter from Canyon. The bike’s understated design is very elegant. There was virtually no other competition entry where we so quickly agreed that it deserved a design award.”
Congratulations to Canyon and urban bike brand manager Sebastian Wegerle for winning this prestigious prize and for designing such an intelligent bike that so artfully blends form with function. Find out where to buy your Commuter at the Canyon website. Two more bikes featuring the Gates Carbon Drive system won Eurobike awards, and we will feature those bikes from KTM and Cannondale in an upcoming post.
SOLID is an urban transportation machine created for the prestigious Oregon Manifest competition by a team of distinguished Portland designers and thinkers. Equipped with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system for low-maintenance simplicity and grease-free cleanliness, SOLID features 3D-printing technology, a mobile app and other innovative features designed to inspire everyday cycling with style and practicality. This beautiful work of functional design is the brainchild of Portland’s Ti Cycles and the PDX design firm Industry, with input from Nike design icon Tinker Hatfield, former Portland mayor and Portlandia actor Sam Adams, and others. The bike features:
- a 3D-printed frame and parts
- a “Discover My City” mobile app
- light and strong titanium “Super Commuter” frame
- Gates Carbon Drive belt and sprockets for lightweight durability and cleanliness
- internal geared hub for easy shifting without a derailleur
- disc brakes for stopping power in all weather
- dynamo powered electronics
- fenders (it’s Portland!)
- internal wiring for a smooth aesthetic.
INDUSTRY and Ti Cycles want to reclaim Portland as the bike capital of the world with their release of SOLID. Online voting begins on July 28 and concludes on August 2. Vote for the SOLID at http://oregonmanifest.com/vote. Follow the hashtag #SOLIDPDX on Twitter and Instagram. Journalists and editors can download the full press kit with images and video at http://www.industrypdx.com/inspire/solid-press-kit
Watch the video:
SOLID Bike – “Discover My City” from INDUSTRY on Vimeo.
More SOLID details:
• 3D-printed titanium handlebars
• Panaracer Pacenti Pari-Moto 650B road tires
• Matte black Ti Cycles carbon clincher 650B rims
• Gates Carbon Drive belt system
• TRP HY/RD hydraulic disc brakes
• Tig welded by master titanium expert Ti Cycles
• Titanium finish with bead blasted texture details
• Custom black Brooks Cambium seat
• Custom Ti Cycles handmade titanium seatpost
• Custom Ti Cycles bottom brackets
• Custom Ti Cycles monostay
• Custom Ti Cycles frame split for Carbon Drive belt installation.
Don’t forget to vote for SOLID at http://oregonmanifest.com/vote