Early Friday morning, a group of our staff members and friends set out from the shop to embark on a long weekend riding around the Victorian High Country, traditional lands of the Jaitmatang Aboriginal people, max loaded with wine and cheese. The focus of this ride was minimum kms, maximum good times- a great introduction to multi day bikepacking for some of the crew. Sometimes we see people steer away from bikepacking because they associate it with long days, and cold nights; We wanted to show a different side of it. Adam rode the Mary Poppins of bikes, loaded with four pannier bags that kept producing an astonishing amount of food, beverages and utensils. Notable inclusions… crunchy nut cornflakes, 4L of wine, boxes of Shapes, a carton of eggs, a frying pan, and whisky. Highlights of our weekend of exploration and relaxation included a little hike down to a secret-ish…
Folks, here it is! The post that you didn’t know you needed: it’s the Commuter Cycles official guide to snorkpacking. What’s snorkpacking, you ask? It’s bikepacking, but where you pack a snorkel and make a beeline for your favourite underwater wonderland. Recently our very own Kias (@pollen_pal and @kia_is_asian) took a weekend trip down to the Mornington Peninsula, in search of some sea critters. Here’s how it went. The sun was high and so were our spirits as we set off on a Sunday morning for the inaugural Commuter snorkpacking trip. Our hopes were soon dashed by rail replacement buses, and once past Frankston, we were starting to feel both a little hot and little worried about making it to the coast in time for an afternoon snorkel. Jumping on the Stony Point train to gain a little ground, we had the bright idea to check whether there was a…
We’ve probably said this about a thousand times in the last two years but THANKYOU everyone for your patience and support. Trying to make decisions and keep Commuter rolling the way all of us expect it to has been really tricky and we’re super grateful to be a part of such an amazing community. If you’ve come past the shop since the new year break you’ll have noticed we’ve had a lot of stuff set up outside. And it’s been really well received. Seems like outdoor retail is a vibe that works really well with our space (once we got some proper shade and air flow sorted) and we’re going to continue doing this going forward. At least until it gets cold enough that we need to think about mushroom heaters or raging garbage fires in barrels! Starting this Saturday the 5th of February though, we’re going to resume some…
Now here’s something we’ve been really looking forward to!
‘Adventure By Bike’ has been Salsa’s motto for many years now and just about every bike in their range is designed with exploring, and carrying the right gear to be self sufficient, in mind.
If there’s one good thing about lockdown it’s that it breeds big ideas.
We’re very excited to welcome Bombtrack bicycles to the Commuter range.
The Sutra LTD (minus the U) has been a mainstay of our range for a few years now.
If you’ve ever even mentioned the word Fargo to us on the phone or in-store you’ll understand that at Commuter we love this bike. LOVE IT!
We’re pretty excited to introduce the updated Surly Disc Trucker. Here’s some details and our take on them, and why it might be a great option for your new ride!
While we won’t be accepting any servicing or mechanical work, the Commuter webstore is operating as normal
Is tell EVERYONE about Bridge Club! If you’ve dropped into the store, or kept an eye on our social media, over the last twelve months you’ll have noticed a growing number of Surly Bridge Clubs getting around. And with good reason. After initially being underwhelmed by it on paper prior to it’s release, the Bridge Club really has proved itself as an extremely versatile, great value and super fun option for so many different kinds of riding.
Of all the styles of bike we are lucky enough to have on the floor at Commuter the dropbar, dirt capable bike is probably our favourite, and certainly the most versatile. As a result we’ve tried to stock a LOT of options in this style of bike.
To say we’ve been excited for the arrival of Shimano GRX is a massive understatement. For those that have not come across it yet, GRX is Shimano’s new groupset designed for adventure road and gravel bikes.
At Commuter we’re very lucky to have been able to forge relationships with some great brands and offer some of the industry’s leading commuting, touring and adventure bikes. Within this range though, there are a few that really shine, like the Tumbleweed Prospector we featured recently. To be fair though there is a solid standout for us when it comes to versatility of setup and mixed terrain capability. The Wolverine from Soma Fabrications.
We’ll start our series of deeper introductions to our range with what is definitely the least well known member of the Commuter family, the Tumbleweed Prospector
Who’s keen for just about the most informative bicycle adventure evening of all time!? Bring your favourite snacks and bevvies and join us at the shop from 7pm on Thursday the 5th of September for stories, pictures and laughs with some cool cats that just got back from some cool trips. Dan Hunt is just back from the Silk Road Mountain Race and will be joining us to share his experience of the route, the race and his wealth of bikepacking experience in general. Picture courtesy of PEdALED YouTube channel. Our team member Todd Palmer got back from bikepacking with his partner in Mongolia yesterday with a massive smile on his face and is looking forward to sharing the experience with us all. We certainly can’t wait to see his photos. Both Dan and Todd have completed the Hunt 1000 too, so if you’re thinking about having a crack this…
In an event that the general public will no doubt mistake for the earth shifting slightly on it’s axis, Surly Bikes are about to celebrate their 21st birthday and they want YOU to come help celebrate. Join us at the store at 4pm on Saturday September the 21st for an afternoon of mixed terrain adventure, delicious beverages and bulk laughs. More details to come as we get closer. Head over to the Facebook event and let us know you’re coming, and if you ride a Surly fill in the form below to claim your limited edition goodie-bag on the day! But be warned, if you don’t show we’re giving it to someone else! https://www.facebook.com/events/1149247521950322/
Adam recently made the journey to Kona Bikes HQ in Bellingham, Washington to check out what’s new at their 2020 model range launch. It’s looking like another season of awesome bikes from Kona, with some smart updates to bikes we loved in 2019.
Join us for an evening of tales from those who participated in the inaugural Victoria Divide bikepacking event, a 550km trek across the rooftop of Victoria.
We’ve just landed our first few Salsas for 2019. We were super keen to see the new Cutthroat in the flesh given it’s domination of the tour divide route so built one up Friday. One very eager customer took it home with him on Saturday before we even got a chance to show you all a few pics!
Now that he’s back on home turf and running out of continents to ride across, he has decided to trade in the Ogre for something at bit more capable for everyday trail riding. This custom built Karate Monkey should be tough enough to take on the burliest of trails in his home state of Tasmania.
Sometimes during the process of tailoring a bike to suit a customers needs all elements come together to create something truly special. In this case Cjell Mone created one of the sweetest brazed frames known to man, then David walked in and fell in love that gold braze on raw steel. We complimented the frame with some parts from the best in the business.
The love child of a troll and an Ogre who were hanging under a bridge scaring cyclists? Not quite! Whilst sporting 650b boots that fit between the 26 and 29 inch size of the Troll and Ogre, the Bridge Club has long days on the road in the mind. It sports a geometry that allows back road adventures and the occasional singletrack.
We had first met Ben via email when he was gearing up to take on the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel race in 2017. We helped deck him out with some Apidura kit and Dynamo power for the long stretches in the dark.