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Old 10-06-15, 07:46 AM
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Belt Bike questions

Hi all,

I'm buying a ROUX Carbon drive A8 and It's a belt bike. I've heard about the low maintenance required which is what attracted me to them in the first place. However, my question is if I get a belt bike how do I replace the tyre? Is it the same process as when I'm doing it on a chain bike? Or is it slightly different? Would my normal bike puncture repair kit work with a belt drive bike or do I need new accessories? If so, where can I get said accessories? I'm not entirely sure how it would work so if someone who has experience with belt bike's can tell me if it's as simple as on a normal bike that would be great!
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Old 10-06-15, 10:01 AM
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If you buy from a Bike Shop they will demonstrate how to remove the rear wheel ,

replace the tube in the tire remount the wheel & return the belt to its required tension.

and have many accessories in stock.
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Old 10-06-15, 10:47 AM
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Considering that the only real maintenance that a chain requires is an occasional oiling, a belt seems like more maintenance, because of all the hassle when you get a flat. And when you get a flat, it's ALWAYS the rear tire.
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I have a belt drive and it does not seem to be any harder to remove the rear tyre. It is the same procedure except that there is no need to get dirty from the chain. In about 2000 miles I have had to adjust the belt tension once; it tool about two minutes, I did it while boiling ramen noodles. Other than that, there has been no maintenance or mess at all.
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Old 10-06-15, 04:43 PM
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In other than garage door applications, methinks belt drive systems are a solution in search of a problem and have been for at least a couple of decades now.
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What kind of rear dropout arrangement does the bike have. It seems to have rear-facing track ends with a hand-turned tensioning bolt, which needs to be adjusted for wheel removal and replacement. This seems an odd choice for a belt drive. Most use sliding, adjustable, vertical dropouts or eccentric bottom brackets. In both these systems, tension is not adjusted during wheel removal, so refitting is hassle free.
Aside from restoring the tension, wheel removal/replacement is much the same as for a chain, only cleaner.
If you carry a bike on a crowded subway or store in an office, cleanliness is worth something.
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Old 10-06-15, 05:20 PM
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I've ridden my Globe Live 3 dogbike since 2010 and it's been mostly maintenance-free. It has an the eccentric bottom bracket shell to ensure the belt is tensioned correctly. It's nice to ride to work with slacks, because I don't worry about an oily chain, but it's a watt-eater (not as mechanically efficient as a chain) and you have to get one of those Cricket belt tensiometers and check the belt periodically. Can't speak to other designs, but it's a PITA to adjust the belt tension with the eccentric bottom bracket shell. Also a PITA to change the gearing, because you not only have to buy the beltring or rear cog, but you must also buy the correct length belt to accommodate the new gearing.




Oh yeah, and it's not a complete PITA to change a rear tire, but it's still nowhere near as easy as with a standard derailleur/quick-release bike. Belt or chain, any IGH bike is going to be slightly more of a PITA.
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It's not like that , here is the absent link ROUX - Carbon Drive A8

the axle, moved forward, by unscrewing the tension screw

has to let the belt go slack then you take it off the front, to get the wheel out the back.

since it's a rear opening dropout.

not well thought out, I'd say..

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