Small update as of April 17th – click through to read developments in our Covid 19 distancing measures.
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.
Let the light come to you this winter! We’ve put together an online custom dynamo wheel builder, which allows you to price and then order a complete dynamo hub wheel online. We’ll build your wheel as ordered and then ship it to you, or let you know when it’s ready if you’re after a local pickup.
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.
Pepper tells us her favourite way to sew on patches!
Click to read what each of our staff members chose as their favourite thing to bring camping!
Fancy doing a 1000km unsupported bikepacking route through some of Australia’s most rugged and beautiful high country? Click through and download the “Beginners guide to the Hunt 1000” PDF that Huw put together, which shared his experience of preparing for, and riding the 2017 Hunt 1000 event in the hope of inspiring more people to take the plunge and give it a go in 2018.
The all new Surly Midnight Special! – a Road Plus bike designed to provide comfort and speed on those all-day rides that extend well beyond fresh pavement. It rides like a cloud on smooth pavement. but that’s expected. Any bike can do that. Where it truly shines is on pot-holed, deteriorating pavement and the occasional long stretch of gravel. The Midnight Special’s 650b Road Plus tires eat up road chatter and absorb all the bumps in the road like the champion it was designed to be.
Cyclo touring is nothing new. Super awesome touring bikes are also nothing new, just ask the french…the original bike packers. The wide range of options one has available to go bicycle camping is growing all the time. At Commuter we’ve always taken notice of smaller companies who are making the best stuff to go bike touring with. Monē bikes has us so stoked on his new frames, and here’s why.
We’re running the next installment of the Commuter Campout overnighter series on the 3rd February at Longridge Park. Click through for all the details and registration form.
Do you own a bicycle? Are you a woman/trans/non-binary rider who would enjoy a community ride for cyclists of all speeds in a safe, fun, mellow-paced environment? Come along this Monday night! Check out the Facebook event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/324280971410797/
Super Fun Overnighter Time! Here at Commuter Cycles we love to spread the love of adventuring by bicycle! There is no easier way than to organise a magical overnight camp ride out to the woods or beach. An overnighter is a mellow self-supported cruise to a campsite for one night. We will primarily be organising these rides on Saturday evening with a 4pm departure from our shop so some of our worker bees can attend. There will also be a group leaving earlier most Saturdays for campers who wish to leave a little earlier! These campout rides will suit riders of all levels and all camping experience as long as you pay attention to the packlist and bring what you need. Here is a loose calendar of events complete with an info session where we will distribute a useful packlist and answer any questions about how to do a campout…
Last day: Saturday 23rd December – Open 10-4. Closed Sun 24th Dec to 1st Jan. Back on deck Tues 2nd Jan. Enjoy the holidays!