Recently we ran a post on a topic that had never been covered on this blog before - belt drive bikes. Reader Chuck contacted us to share his own personal experience with a belt drive bike. Text and pictures below are credited to Chuck.
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I have always ridden bikes with a chain and was in the market for something that required less maintenance and that dealt with weather better. Then came an article in the Wisconsin State Journal about TREK bikes with Gates Belt Drive.
With a little more research I stumbled on the Globe Live3. Belt drive, internal gears, disk brakes. I have had the Globe for about 2 years and it is incredibly clean, quiet and maintenance free. After about 1,500 miles I have only adjusted it once, never had to lub it and it seems plenty durable (heck they have used belts for engine timing and primary drives for years). I have even used this bike to carry 4 full cases of beer or 80lbs of weed and feed for the lawn.
- The saddle bag is a Acorn that I applied my home brew oil cloth waterproofing to.
- The rear pannier bags are surplus German gas mask bags (Tough and completly waterproof).
- The rear panier rack is a re-purposed Old Man Mountain that I modified the mounting for and color matched to the bike. I also added the wood deck to keep with the look of the front rack.