Trek goes chainless!

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Real Estate Agent with Craven & Company REALTORS

With the move to a Green lifestyle a lot of people are trading in their cars for bikes.  It saves on gas, helps the environment and your health.  One of the barriers for a lot of bike riders is maintenance and complexity.  So Trek is introducing chainless bikes!  Surprise your best client this Christmas with a state of the art Eco-Gift!

 

FREE OF CHAINS: Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle is introducing two chainless models this holiday season, using technology most often found in things like motorcycles and snowmobiles. The nation's largest domestic bike manufacturer is part of a movement to bury the finger-pinching, rust-prone sprocket and chain.

BIKE ON: More urban pedal-pushers are trading their cars for a more low-tech way to get around because of gas prices as well as health and environmental concerns. Bicycles were a $5.4 billion industry in the U.S. in 2007, including the retail value of bikes, related parts and accessories, according to research funded by the National Sporting Goods Association.

THE BENEFITS: The new belt-driven bikes - currently in single-speed and eight-speed models - are touted as a low-maintenance alternative to a chain, which has roughly 3,000 parts including all the links and connectors. Aside from the quieter ride, the lighter and longer-lasting carbon-fiber composite belts won't rust, stretch, slip or leave grease marks.

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Ford so how is the gear changing accomplished.  I know with the chains they go from sprocket to sprocket to determine the gear ratio.  How does the belt drive work.  I actually thought you were going to say they were going to be shaft driven.

Nov 19, 2008 07:02 AM #1
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I'm not real sure Larry.  I'm still researching it.  I too was scratching my head when I read this.  I keep thinking about the uphill motorcycles that practically get vertical.  Somehow the belt has to get wider, or have a larger circuit to go around.

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