OK, forgive the pun, but Eline Bikes\u2019 new string bike really doesn\u2019t string riders along, even if it does use string. Bikes haven\u2019t changed much\u2014frame, pedals, seat, handlebars and gears. Outside of materials used, every bike has the same basic features. Eline Bikes took the one part you wouldn\u2019t have imagined possible to replace, and did away with it: the chain.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen you look at the string bike, you don\u2019t see anything that new or different. The frame has a nice shape; the seat and handlebars seem common enough, and wheels are wheels. It\u2019s when you look a little closer that you see the difference. The gears are all wrong. The main sprocket, instead of being the traditional circle, is more of an odd-shaped triangle. Instead of a chain connecting the sprocket with the gears, you have a \u201cstring\u201d (basically a nylon cord). According to Eline, the string drive more closely mimics the way you walk naturally, which increases the power transferred to the gears and allows for an easier ride. It\u2019s more of a push-pull motion\u2014think pistons on a train. The dual rear drums have 19 gears, and the bike is capable of reaching 52 mph. Because there is no chain, the bike is nearly silent. No chain noises or clicking when not pedaling. And, you can pedal forward or backward; both transfer power to the drums. And one other feature? The string is interchangeable and you won\u2019t get all greasy changing it.\r\nCheck it out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.