Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Ever had your pant cuffs ripped off when riding your bike? You’re not alone.

Now you can thank Trek Bicycle for starting a new movement that will bury the greasy fingers, pant eating, rusty spoke and chain syndrome. Their latest inventions are two models this holiday season, which are chainless bicycles.

Wisconsin-based Trek adopted the technology often used in motorcycles and snowmobiles. They are hoping to put some cash in the system as pedal-pushers are trading in their vehicles for more low-tech options to get around our busy streets and congested cities. Why is this unique? It’s not really, but Trek is the first to use the technology for mass-produced bicycles.

“Other than being a quiet ride, the lighter and longer-lasting carbon-fiber composite belts won't rust, can't be cut, won't stretch or slip and won't leave grease marks around your ankles. A guard over the belt-drive and the construction of the system makes getting your pants stuck an unlikely scenario," said Eric Bjorling, Trek's lifestyle brand manager.

One version of the chainless bike, called the District ($930), is a single-speed, complete with a silver body, orange accents and brown leather seat and handles. The other, called the Soho ($990), is an eight-speed bike that uses an internal hub to adjust the speed rather than gears. How will riders,
bike snobs, and carbon conscience footprinters alike take to the new bikes? Time will only tell since they are not out for sale yet.

But take my philosophy - Burn calories, not oil!

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