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Gates Partners with Specialized and SRAM on World Bicycle Relief Project

Every purchase of a Source Two bicycle with Gates Carbon Drive and Automatix shifter results in the donation of a bike to rural health workers in Africa.

Denver, CO, January 26, 2013 --( Gates Corporation, maker of the Gates Carbon Drive™ belt drive for bikes, has partnered with two of the most respected brands in bicycling on a program to benefit rural health care in Africa.

Every time a consumer buys a Specialized Source Two commuter bike, Gates—along with Specialized and SRAM--will donate one Buffalo Bike to the nonprofit World Bicycle Relief. Buffalo Bikes are sturdy steel bicycles made to withstand the rigors of the developing world and designed to be easily repairable. WBR will deliver the Buffalo Bike to health care workers in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Sturdy bicycles are an important form of transportation for the region’s medical workers, who travel many miles to visit patients.

“Gates is so pleased to participate in this partnership to benefit health care workers in Africa,” says Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “For those of us in the industrialized world, bicycles are often a tool for recreation or an alternative to driving a car. It’s good to remember that in many parts of the world bicycles are an important form of life-saving mobility.”

The Source Two is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced commuter bikes of 2013. Instead of a chain it features a Gates Carbon Drive paired with the new Automatix two-speed auto-shift system from SRAM. The Automatix shifts into a higher or lower gear as the cyclist speeds up or slows down. The combination of technologies, along with the lightweight frame from Specialized that features a rack and fenders for all-weather commuting, makes the Source Two ideal for getting to the office or running errands.

Learn more about World Bicycle Relief at Learn more about the Source Two at

About Gates Carbon Drive

Consisting of two metal sprockets and a high-strength belt embedded with carbon fiber cords , Gates Carbon Drive is a low-maintenance, chain-replacing technology from Gates Corp., the global leader in automotive and industrial belts. Clean, quiet, light and strong, Carbon Drive requires no greasy lube, weighs less than a chain drive and will not stretch. Featured on bikes from Trek, Specialized, BMC, Scott, Focus and 60-plus brands, Carbon Drive has grown in popularity every year since its introduction in 2008 and will be spec’d on approximately 150 bike models worldwide in 2012, plus numerous custom belt drive bikes. Due to its low maintenance and ease of use, Carbon Drive is a technology that has the potential to get more people on bikes. Visit
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