Gates Corp. works to transform bikes with belts in lieu of chainsBy Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
A Denver Post story about hometown company Gates Corporation’s efforts to reinvent the bicycle drive train has stimulated some lively discussion on the Post website. The story by business reporter Jason Blevins, who visited Gates headquarters to test ride some belt drive bikes, notes that Gates belts have widely replaced timing chains in automobiles and that bicycle belt drives could likewise revolutionize cycling—just as disc brakes and full suspension systems have. Blevins writes:
Gates, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, is hoping its carbon-fiber belt system will similarly recast bike anatomy. And for a company that bills itself as “the world’s most trusted name in belts, hose and hydraulics,” the bike belt can reintroduce consumers to an industrial brand that has spent several decades tucking its inventive designs deep inside factories and engines.
Readers who commented on the article appear ready for an alternative to chains, especially for practical commuter bikes, where Carbon Drive combined with internally geared hubs provides a clean and low- maintenance advantage. Check out the comments page and add your thoughts to this debate.