Easter Explore ’22

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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…

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Snork-Packing : The Official Guide

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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…

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Welcome Back – Summer of 22 Edition

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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…

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The First Rule of Bridge Club

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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.

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The Many Guises of the Soma Wolverine

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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.

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Silk Road Race x Mongolia Bikepacking Slide Night

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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…

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Register for the Surly Intergalactic Party

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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/

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MONe El Continente Rohloff build

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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.

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