Gates Carbon Drive

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Australian Beach Bikes

  May 16, 2019

Rottnest Island is a seven-square-mile nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary off the coast of Western Australia. About half-a-million tourists visit annually. But with no cars allowed, visitors rely on bicycles--including a large fleet of belt drive rental bikes--to see the sights.

Rottnest Express is a ferry service that brings visitors to the island from the cities of Fremantle and Perth. The company has a fleet of 800 rental bikes equipped with Gates Carbon Drive belts that tourists can use to pedal the island’s many cycle paths. The ferry service chose to use Gates belts on their bikes because salt water and sand rust and degrade chains, raising the cost of maintaining such a large fleet. Customers love riding the bikes, says Craig Power, who oversees the Rottnest Express bike fleet.

“The average comment from customers is still amazement when they realize there is a belt and not a chain, and they also talk about how smooth the ride is,” says Power. “From a service perspective, Gates Carbon Drive is one of the best things that has happened to fixed and internal gear hub bicycles.”

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Rottnest Island is hardly the only place where travelers can rent a belted bike. A growing number of hotels offer Gates Carbon Drive bikes for their rental fleets to reduce maintenance–and provide a premium riding experience for their customers.  Priority Bicycles, for instance, sells its low-maintenance fleet bikes to hundreds of hotel properties and rental bike programs across the United States, as well as resorts from Mexico to the Seychelles Islands.

Grabbing a belt drive Priority bike from NYC's Arlo hotel.
Grabbing a belt drive Priority bike from NYC’s Arlo hotel.

Visiting Australia? Check out Rottnest Island and rent a bike from Rottnest Express.

Need rental bikes for your property? Check out Priority’s fleet services program.