Wow, Two Thousand and Twenty hey? What an absolute stitch-up of a year. We’d like to start by saying THANKYOU SO MUCH to all of you. The novelty of working hard behind closed doors has definitely worn off but we’re so grateful to have had enough support from you all during this time to maintain our team and to keep doing what we do. Apart from being stuck in the shop with each other it’s been pretty low stress for us here at Commuter and we have you all to thank. Like all of you we’ve been keenly waiting for Uncle Dan to give us the okay to start working toward some normality and the good news is the first day of this at Commuter is Wednesday the 28th of October. Now, as much as we’d love to just throw the doors open and welcome everyone inside we’re going to…
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.
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.
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 nights are getting colder, so to keep warm we’re hosting a slide night about riding bikes in a tropical paradise. One of our Mechanics, Todd, has recently returned from a 3 week cycling tour in Sri Lanka with his partner, Linden. They have a bunch of stories and photos to share.
“Who is the Fairest Mechanic of them All?” We’re teaming up with the Single Speed World Champs to run a bike mechanics championships. Think ‘Australian Idol’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’, only with beer. And bikes. And DJ’s. And Shifter Dan and Pony Bikes Sasha judging instead of Delta and Guy Grossi.
Here’s a sneak peak at the design of our new jersey, designed by our talented graphic designer and mechanic, Luke. We’re about to order a limited run so get in touch if you’d like to lock one in.
Dynamo curious? Like the idea of having light to see by, not just be made visible? Never want to bother with buying or charging batteries, and taking your lights off your bike every time you park it? Together with Abbotsford Cycles and our key suppliers we are holding a demo night to show off the efficiency of modern hub dynamos, and the amazing light output and charging capability of the current crop of lights and accessories.
We’re running a guided overnight trip on the long weekend in March. The campout will just be for Saturday and Sunday (12th & 13th) so you’ll have Monday to get ready for the week ahead. The ride is specifically designed to give first-timers a taste of cycle touring.
We’re holding another slide night on the 2nd of March 2016. Previously we’ve focused on trips undertaken by experienced bike tourists. This time around we’re going to help first-timers plan their first foray into touring – a simple overnighter.
Adam didn’t realise he needed a SOMA Wolverine, until he saw mine. “I saw an orange bike on your Instagram feed” said the man as he wandered around the workshop, “I am on the lookout for a new bike, and had been thinking about an internal gear hub town bike, but that bike looks like fun”. The seed had been sown, and a test ride of my Wolverine and six months later, Adam is the proud owner of a SRAM Rival1 Wolverine.
Please join us on Wednesday 30th September for Commuter Cycles second Slide Night. This installment will feature two speakers who recently returned from independent ‘light touring’ trips to Northern Europe.
This year we’re offering something a little different to help new commuters discover the brilliance of riding to work. From October 1st until Ride2Work Day on the 14th, we’ll provide a free safety check and on the spot tune-up to anyone preparing a bike for Ride2Work Day.
Panniers are a ‘must-have’ commuting and touring accessory. They keep your gear off your back, low on the bike, and attach securely and easily to your rack. Ortlieb Panniers are the benchmark for cycle tourers and commuters the world over. Made in Germany, they are 100% waterproof, super tough, and easy to set up and use. All the staff at Commuter Cycles use them, and swear by them.
Riley has been commuting on a Paconi steel road bike for years. He came to us looking for something more suited to the daily grind of poor roads, all weather conditions and emergency braking. He also wanted a bike that he would be able to take on dirt road adventures on the weekend. It had to be fast, and black too.
Erle’s M.A.P. Randonneur is one of the blingiest bikes we’ve put together. The frame and fork were custom made by Mitch Prior in Chico, California.