New York Times tech writer Anne Eisenberg has written a great explainer story about belt drive bikes and the Gates Carbon Drive. Our favorite quote: “They last much longer than chains, and are quiet and clean,” says a Manhattan bike shop owner. “In a perfect world, everyone would probably use them because they require less maintenance.” Clean, quiet, light and strong, they make riding easier and more fun. Click here to read the story.
Popular Mechanics editor Tyghe Trimble has also just posted a great online story that features two popular belt-drive bikes: the Trek Soho and Globe Live 3. Writes Trimble: “The combination of the Carbon Drive and internal hub that both of these bikes carry make these the smoothest rides we’ve ever experienced on classic commuter bikes.”:
The number of bike models speccing Carbon Drive will double in 2011. Check out Trek’s latest belt drive beauty, the Dublin, which will be available in Europe.