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BRISTOL, UK (September 12) – No new idea by any means but another go at a tried concept. As early as 1890 the first shaft-drive bike was built in France and then soon copied by the American League Cycle Co. The famous black athlete Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor rode an Orient Chainless Bike in his races […]

BRISTOL, UK (September 12) – No new idea by any means but another go at a tried concept. As early as 1890 the first shaft-drive bike was built in France and then soon copied by the American League Cycle Co. The famous black athlete Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor rode an Orient Chainless Bike in his races and became world champion in 1899.
The major problem was that all early attempts were single speeds – Zero Cycles of Bristol has a Shimano 7 speed – which makes life a lot easier. Several councils in England & Wales are already employing them for their Green Travel Plans which makes for an ideal test situation. A folding version will be unveiled at the UK Bike show, Cycle 2003. More info can be found on www.zerocycles.co.uk

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