# Confusion in connected pulleys problem

I'm having some troubles in understanding why my reasoning doesn't work in the following problem:

Problem Two pulleys of mass $m_1$,$m_2$ and radius $r_1,r_2$ are connected by a belt (like chain rings in a bycicle) of negligible mass. Torques $\Gamma _1$ and $\Gamma_2$ are applied to $m_1$ and $m_1$. The belt is not slipping over the two pulleys. What is the angular acceleration of 1?

I've already solved the problem writing down the rotational equations for the two pulleys with the constraint $\omega _1 r_1 =\omega _2 r_2$ given by the non-slipping condition. What I got is:$$\alpha _1=2\dfrac{\frac{\Gamma _1}{r_1}+\frac{\Gamma _2}{r_2}}{r_1(m_1+m_2)},$$ which is correct, according to my book.

Then I've tried to attack the problem from a different point of view. Since the tensions in the belt are internal forces, the only torques producing a change in total angular momentum are the two torques applied to the two axis of the pulleys. At first my idea was to write:$$\dot L = \Gamma _1+ \Gamma _2,$$since the angular momentum here is independent from the pole, the solve for $\dot \omega _1$ ($\dot L=k\dot \omega_ 1$ for some constant). However, the two values $\Gamma _1$ and $\Gamma _2$ are the torques referred to the center of the respective pulleys and this approach doesn't work.

In fact the derivative of $L$ is really:$$\dot L=\dot L_1+\dot L_2 = \Gamma _1+(T_1-T_2)r_1+\Gamma_2+(T_2-T_1) r_2,$$where $T_1,T_2$ are the two tensions in the belt and the angular momentums are respect the center of mass of 1 and 2. So the sentence that I wrote above "Since the tensions... internal forces..." seems to be wrong.

Could you please point out the wrong parts of my reasonings?

Also, how could I write the two torques $\Gamma _1$ and $\Gamma _2$ respect to a different pole?

Finally, is there a different way from the (working) one I wrote above to solve this problem?