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Old 12-27-10, 09:15 AM   #1
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Looking for Belt Drive Bicycle,Internal Geared Hub

I have a desire, one bike, multiple uses.

Belt Drive
Internal Geared Hub
Steel Frame
Drop handlebars.
Fender Friendly

Not spending a fortune, am I dreaming???
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Old 12-27-10, 09:17 AM   #2
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Steel frame prob means you're going to need to build it yourself.
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Old 12-27-10, 09:53 AM   #3
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Co-Motion Americano can offer you almost everything you are looking for...



Belt Drive - Check.
Internal Geared Hub - Check.
Steel Frame - Check.
Drop handlebars - Check.
Fender Friendly - Check.
Not spending a fortune - Not so much...

This bike retails for over $5K.
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Old 12-27-10, 10:36 AM   #4
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Take a look at the Civia Bryant. I believe it meets all of your criteria for a lot less than the Co-Motion.

http://civiacycles.com/bikes/bryant/
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Old 12-27-10, 10:50 AM   #5
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Check out Peter White cycles. The Tout Terrain Metropolitan is in that neighborhood. Frame and fork is $1155. And the drop bars are an easy addition. So you're going to end up over $3K easy. Before you dismiss them as overpriced take a good look at the bikes. Lots of detail and they are made to be ridden...........a lot. Now if I could just afford one.


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You could convert the Norco Ceres to drops...
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Or convert the Raleigh Alley Way to drops...
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Old 12-27-10, 06:21 PM   #8
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I think you would open up many more possibilities if you didn't have the belt drive requirement.

Is there a specific reason you want the belt drive? I have had great success with an IGH/chain drive.
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Hebie Full chain case will keep the chain pretty clean and separated from your pantlegs.

then You can build up an IGH bike out of what you can find used ,

SRP on belt and the 2 Cog wheels is about $500, then the boxes get opened
and you figure out what to do with them..
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Old 12-27-10, 07:48 PM   #10
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Take a look at the Civia Bryant. I believe it meets all of your criteria for a lot less than the Co-Motion.

http://civiacycles.com/bikes/bryant/
Ah, so... another brand from Quality Bicycle Products: http://www.shopatron.com/products/ca....79958.0.0.0.0 . Not criticizing- I have nothing but admiration for QBP.

FWIW: Phil, one of the local dealers of Civia bikes is Universal Cycles, down near the Pearl district. I've seen Civia in their store, and I like what I see. You might be able to order one through Bad Monkey Bikes in downtown Vancouver, but why pay the sales tax?

As a more expensive alternative, talk to Rob English: http://www.englishcycles.com/bikepics/rob/winter.htm
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Van Dessel WTF meets your requirements, and will only run you $700 for the fork, headset, and frame. If you don't want to build it up yourself, it might be worth it to contact Van Dessel directly. The offer the bike in a bunch of different configs (at least one of which is an IGH), and say they are will to do custom builds.
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Old 12-28-10, 01:31 PM   #12
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Civia looks interesting, I did see a Civia Kingfield, now that looks interesting and affordable, Thank you...
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Another vote for the Comotion Americano. Never ridden one, but it's dead sexy.

I've been very, very happy with my Globe Live3, but I reckon drop bars won't work out so hot, what with the porteur rack up front, and the frame is made of aluminium. She always puts a smile on my face and is slicker than owl-droppings.

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If you have or can get a decent used touring frame you can possibly adapt the rear driveside to an opening style for the belt.
There are several methods inc S&M coupling on the seatstay or a replacement dropout.
This probably requires a local framebuilder to adapt the frame.
Its probably too difficult to aquire a frame with eccentric bottom bracket but a sliding or horizontal dropout will do the job.
Do belt drive bikes need to have chainstays of some standard length to accomodate the belt. Do you need to select a sprocket/chainring combo to accomodate a particular belt/chainstay length ? Better do the maths before you chop a frame up.
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Not a perfect match, but one of the cheaper options would be the Dimension Synergy http://www.dynamicbicycles.com/synergy/road.php for US$800. Not clear what the clearances are so fenders may be an issue, but you can go with a crud catcher http://www.biketiresdirect.com/search?kw2=crud and clip on rear http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...ry-rear-fender . Also a chain not a belt, but if you are looking for a sub $1,000, this may be an alternative.

BTW - I'm thinking about getting the same type of bike you are looking for, but am undecided on the belt drive. Does anyone have an pinion on the pluses and minuses of the belt vs. chain? I like the reduced maintenance, but the cost and (at least to my untutored eye) increased complexity of the belt drive keeps me coming back to a chain.
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