Drinking good beer and riding fast bikes. The guys at Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colo., have made an art of marrying these two “sports.” OB sponsors the Dale’s Pale singlespeed team, named after the finest canned beer in America. Thanks to their partnership with Spot Brand Bikes, a first-adopter of the chain-free Carbon Drive System, Dale’s Pale has been riding and racing on belt-drive Spot 29ers for three years–with impressive results.
Videographer Mat Barlow and I spent an afternoon riding and shooting the breeze about Carbon Drive with the Dale’s Pale squad. If you think singlespeed hardtails are for smooth singletrack only, it’s amazing to see how easily these guys handle the rock-strewn Bitterbrush Trail in Boulder County’s Hall Ranch.