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
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 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
When Gates decided to launch its new red belt, Australia’s Flying Machine Bicycles was an obvious choice to partner with for a custom bike to showcase Carbon Drive Red. Flying Machine makes bikes that are works of art and science. It is also an early adopter in the bike industry of 3D printing. The F-One titanium city bike created by Flying Machine features 3D printed titanium lugs that join the bike’s titanium tubing. The bike features many other top-level components: Alfine 11 hub, White Industries front hub and bottom bracket, H Plus Son ‘Archetype’ rims, Schwalbe ‘Durano’ tires. The artistry and style of this bike perfectly represent the objectives of Carbon Drive Red: to create a high-performance drivetrain that performs as elegantly as it looks.
This bike was made for an intellectual property lawyer in the United States. “His legal specialty is IP issues to do with 3D printing,” says Matthew Andrews, who founded Flying Machine in 2009. The paintwork was done by hand in Flying Machine’s studio in Perth, located in far Western Australia on the Indian Ocean. “We sell probably forty percent of our bikes to international customers, mostly in the U.S. but also Europe and the UK and a few in Asia.”
Despite its remote location across the entire continent from Sydney and the big population centers of Australia, Perth is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a rich cycling scene. “The cycling infrastructure in the city is very good so it’s easy to get around by bike,” Andrews says. “There is a big commuter and urban bicycling contingent and also a strong road bike culture and a mountain bike scene in the hills behind the city. The weather and lifestyle here are great. Summer days are quite hot but winter is very mild with not much rain. Autumn and Spring are pretty much perfect.” Not that Andrews has much time to relax. “Too many bikes to build.”
See more Flying Machine bikes with Gates Carbon Drive here