FUN FROM PAUL @ GATES CARBON DRIVE: Drinking good beer and riding fast bikes. The guys at Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colo., have made an art form out of marrying these two â€œsports.â€ OB sponsors the Daleâ€™s Pale singlespeed team, named after the finest canned beer in America. Thanks to their partnership with Spot Brand Bikes, a first-adopter of the chain-free Carbon Drive System, Daleâ€™s Pale has been riding and racing on belt-drive Spot 29ers for three yearsâ€“with impressive results.
Videographer Mat Barlow and I spent an afternoon riding and shooting the breeze about Carbon Drive with the Daleâ€™s Pale squad. If you think singlespeed hardtails are for smooth singletrack only, check out how easily these guys handle the rock-strewn Bitterbrush Trail in Boulder Countyâ€™s Hall Ranch. Check out the YouTube vidâ€“and see Chad get nailed with a snowball