Oskar Blues Brewery founder Dale Katechis was on the forefront of a trend with canned craft beer, and now he's hoping to ride a similar wave with Reeb Cycles. Like Oskar Blues eschewing the bottle, Reeb (which is beer spelled backwards) rejects the old bicycle chain in favor of new carbon belt drives made by Denver-based Gates Rubber. Touting them as quieter, lighter, tougher and stronger, Reeb's Chad Melis says Gates' carbon drive is nearly maintenance-free. "You don't have to clean it, you don't have to lube it, you don't have to do anything to it." Featuring a 29-inch wheelset, Reeb's steel- and titanium-framed bikes are single-speed workhorses, says Melis, who moonlights as a pro bike racer. "We ride hard in both directions - uphill and downhill." $4,300 for the flagship Redoog model retail, $1,200 for the frame only.
Made by Reeb Bicycles LLC, Longmont, (303) 776-1914, www.reebcycies.com. Also available through Redstone Cyciery in Lyons.
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|Title Annotation:||COLORADO COOL STUFF|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2012|
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