Addictive. That’s what Alan Barnard of EcoVelo.info says of his experience with Gates Carbon Drive. Barnard has been riding a belt-drive Civia Bryant for several months and has just filed a report on his experience.
“It’s probably obvious by now that I’m a convert to belts, at least on commuter bikes. Besides the obvious advantages listed above, the near silent, direct, and buttery smooth feel of a belt can become quite addictive. In just a couple of months, this has become my new normal and now chain drives feel coarse—and dare I say—even a bit crude by comparison (I’ll catch flak for that).”