Gates Carbon Drive is visiting the North American Handmade Bicycle Show next week in Louisville, Kentucky. Famous for its bourbon, we love Kentucky because it is home to the Gates plant where Carbon Drive belts are made (in Elizabethtown, KY). To make this NAHBS special, Gates has partnered with REEB Cycles and Rohloff USA distributor Cycle Monkey to display a spectrum of hand-built bikes featuring Carbon Drive Red belts combined with Rohloff internally geared hubs. Check out this titanium REEB Donkadonk. It’s made for plundering Colorado powder–or Kentucky mud bogs. SKI Magazine called it “a fascinating piece of gear.”
Another bike sure to be a homerun at NAHBS is the Slugger, commissioned by the Louisville Slugger baseball bat company. Chris Connor of Connor Wood Bicycles made it from the same white ash used to create Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Connor reports that it may appear at some Major League Baseball games next season. Batter up! Connor is now talking with Kentucky bourbon companies about commissioning a wooden bike from barrel oak. Smooth.
photo: Devon Balet/devonbaletmedia.com
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.
ACTIVA PRO-III Carbon Drive
BLACK LAVA-2 Carbon Drive Trekking Men
BLACK LAVA-2 Carbon Drive Trekking Unisex Sport
BLACK LAVA-5 Carbon Drive Trekking Men,
Winter is dark and cold in the Finnish Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland above the Arctic Circle. This region is home to vast herds of reindeer and to the indigenous Sámi people, as well as the aurora borealis that casts a colorful glow across the night sky. Sunlight is fleeting. Days seem like perpetual dusk due to the low angle of the sun. It is not someplace where one thinks of going for a bike ride.
In this harsh and beautiful setting, Swedish bicyclist Oskar Juhlin will compete in the 150-kilometer Rovaniemi Arctic Fat Bike Race from Feb. 20-22. Wearing a headlamp and lights he will ride through the night, resting briefly to eat, sleep and drink water, surviving the frigid nights in a polar sleeping bag. Juhlin is an endurance athlete and industrial designer in Stockholm. “I love biking and I love snow,” he says. Juhlin will ride a custom Mi:Tech fat tire bike with a Pinion P1.18 gearbox and Gates Carbon Drive belt system. He chose these components to avoid mechanical problems with a chain and derailleur in the snow. “I’m impressed how well the combo of Pinion and Gates works in the snow and ice. It seems like the belt cleans itself from the snow and slush.” Juhlin took these photos while training. Good luck Oskar, and stay warm. More information at pinion.eu
Gates will attend the London Bike Show (Feb. 12-15) to show a range of belted urban bicycles including the new Viktor “Red Race” singlespeed road bike (pictured above) from Schindelhauer Bikes. This will be the first public display of the Red Race, which goes on sale in March. Gates will also display its new Carbon Drive Red belts, which will be available for sale in Europe and the UK on April 1. Gates techs will also provide product information for UK consumers, shop mechanics and journalists interested in learning about the clean and simple Carbon Drive system.
Gates will be located in the booth of our UK distributor, Velorution, which sells London’s largest selection of Gates belt drive bikes. Come check out bikes from Schindelhauer, Van Nicholas, Biomega, Roux and more. Below is Schindelhauer’s award-winning Thin Bike. Biomega is giving away an NYC (below) at the show. To win, post a social media picture of your city from your bike and tag it: #biomegaLondon2015 #Biomega #thelondonbikeshow. Winner will be chosen on Feb. 15.
With its burgeoning bike culture and government policies to promote cycling, London is at the heart of the UK’s belt drive revolution. “The Gates belt drive is perfect for city cyclists who want a clean and simple solution for urban riding,” says Velorution co-founder Gretta Cole. Other brands selling bikes equipped with Gates Carbon Drive within the UK include Cube, Marin, Woodrup, Shand, Milk and more. Find your belted bike on the Gates bike finder page.
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Velorution storefront on Great Portland Street
Ted Wojcik is a master bike builder who has made more than 3,000 bicycles over the past 35 years. Now Wojcik has turned his focus to electric bikes as lead builder for the new brand Fifield, which is located in the Boston suburb of Hingham, Massachusetts. The Chatham is Fifield’s step-over model. The Caladesi offers a step-through frame. Both use the Gates belt drive for clean, smooth and smart efficiency.
The steel frame bikes use the Bofeili motor and battery system. Look for Fifield and Wojcik at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky, next month. Every great city has its own special bike culture. Boston’s bike culture is now electrified. Watch the video at the bottom of this post for more information. fifieldebikes.com
Fifield e-Bikes: Our Story from Fifield e-Bikes on Vimeo.