Belt drives: A better alternative to the traditional bike chain gears?

Bike chains can be a hassle. A slipping or dropped chain can catch you off guard and take a bit of time to fix, not to mention the mess. And even if it doesn’t fall off, it oftentimes leaves your hands and clothes covered in bike grease and grime, and can be dangerous if it catches the ankle of pants. Friends, there is a better alternative.


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What is it?

Belt drives are a practical, cleaner option for single speed bicycles. Made of stretch-free carbon fiber tensile cords, it replaces the bike chain and tooth sprocket with the weather resistant, flexible and durable carbon.


Belt drives are easy to maintain and hum along without a sound. Compared to the chain, belt drives are 30% lighter, impossible to derail and estimated to last more than twice the life of a traditional chain.

Since the belt drive does not require oil, it’s a much cleaner option. Oil on traditional chains will quickly collect dirt and grime, which is tracked onto clothes, hands and beyond. With the belt drive, it’s cleaner and requires less maintenance, as there is no need to clean and oil the chain.

How to get a belt drive?

Belt drives are a relatively new option. It can’t be added to a bike, the frame must be built for a belt drive. Legacy Framework bikes include belt drives as a standard feature. Learn more, including how to customize your Legacy bike with black, blue or red colored belt drive (I saw this was an option on Gates, not sure if you offer...).


Choosing a Safe Bike

Increasingly, Chicago and other cities across the nation and becoming more bike friendly. From bike share services such as Divvy to bike lanes and paths, more Americans are learning the joys of bicycling and beginning to rely on biking as form of transportation and commuting. While motorists are learning to share the road, safety is still key to biking, and should be a consideration when choosing a bike.

Transportation bikes are a safer biking option. With a focus on practicality rather than speed, and an upright posture for improved vision of potential road hazards and traffic, transportation bikes are a great option for both casual city bikers and diehard commuters.

Legacy Framework transportation bikes are handbuilt in Chicago and customized for each client for the greatest comfort, utility and safety of riders. Safety features include:

  • Generator lighting: Both front and rear LED lighting are powered by a pedal generator that shines whenever the bike is moving (brightness level/lumens?). This generator lighting is not only a greener option, but is also safer as it does not rely on battery power and will not fade.
  • Side visibility is not an issue with Legacy bikes, due to reflective sidewall tires
  • All weather braking: Drum Brakes keeps dirt and moisture on the road away from the brakes for safety.
  • Relaxed ride is a feature of transportation bikes, which are practical and run at a safe speed.
  • Arrive safely with a belt drive, a cleaner and more durable option than bike chain gears.

If you want to learn more about safety options, contact us and learn about ordering a customized handbuilt Legacy Framework bike.



What’s your biking style?

When choosing a bike, make sure it fits your ride and style. As a guide, consider the below biking profiles and options.

City biking style

You love biking around the city, and whether a coffee shop, first date or job interview, you value a reliable ride that allows you to arrive on time and in style - not covered in bike grease and mud.

The Rambler Classic is a lightweight city cruiser with a comfortable feel. Classically inspired with modern refinements, it features options built in to the sleek design to keep you safe and allows you to arrive in style, without requiring a change of clothes:

  • Drum brakes and a more lively feeling frame, built for comfort
  • Belt drive replaces traditional chain to keep your clothes and hands grease-free, and practically eliminates chain hazards on the road
  • Enclosed gears inside the hub are more durable, adds to the sleek, simple design, and will not catch your clothes or transfer grease onto clothes.
  • Generator lighting for energy efficiency
  • Equipped with fenders to avoid splashing
  • Upright riding position allows a clear view of road and traffic

The Rambler Classic can be customized to fit your needs and style. Learn more about ordering a handbuilt, quality bike to last a lifetime.

Diehard commuter

Rain, snow or shine, you’re biking to work, long distances, the grocery and parties. You’re committed, and you need a reliable bike to get you from point A to B.

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The Rambler Sport is designed and handbuilt for those who demand more performance out of their ride. This steadfast Legacy commuter bike features:

  • Disc brakes, threadless steering and stiffer frame tubing for a more responsive ride, and suits almost any speed, elevation or load that your commute includes.
  • Belt drive to practically eliminate chain hazards on the road
  • Frame geometry built for comfort and long commutes
  • Elite selection of geared hubs
  • Standard features: fenders, rack, dynamo lighting and the Gates Carbon drive
  • Upright riding position allows a commanding view of traffic, potholes and other road hazards
  • Learn more about the Rambler Sport and custom, handbuilt options.

Got some baggage?

Whether for work or play, you have cargo to haul. Beyond a basket, you need a reliable cargo bike to transport packages safely across the city or even just home from the grocery.

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Legacy bike has a new cargo bike - the Ox. Tested for the both practical and technical aspects of hauling cargo, the Ox has been designed to be responsive and safe in braking, loading and steering while carrying large loads.

Whatever your cargo, we can customize the Ox for your needs. Contact us to learn more.

Build your style

Perhaps you have unique needs or want a one-of-a-kind bike - we can help. What sets Legacy Framework Bikes apart is that all bikes are handbuilt and customized to your needs. Each Legacy bike is built to last a lifetime, make it your bike.

Contact us for special projects and learn more about building your bike.