With the snow taking its sweet old time to fully arrive here in Vermont, it’d be a good time to consider your winter ride. Traffic Bikes commuter – specially made for David, has some of the most sought-after commuting features. A belt drive is something I’ve been wanting to experiment with since living and commuting through the salty/snowy winters here in Burlington and I’ve had a “thing” for Rohloffs since building a handful of mountain bikes w/ them.
Last winter at The Old Spokes Home they had the opportunity to test the Gates Belt Drive in snow. The suggestion made was to add a raised spine (center track) on the chain ring and groove in the center of the belt so that it doesn’t slip to either side when it gets snowy. Read this review from a Minnesota Bicycle Commuter here.
“David” from Traffic Bikes was built early last fall and isn’t pictured with the new Gates system, but what a gorgeous yet practical all-season commuter…I’ve always wanted a Rohloff! This custom commuter bike from Traffic Bikes features Reynolds 953 tubing, a Phil Wood belt and drivetrain, and a custom stainless steel rack w/ all the fixins. See more photos below and at the Traffic Bikes Flickr.
Also featured on Eco Velo.