Mischa came to us for a dream build. After many hours of careful consideration we arrived at the custom Soma Double Cross build you see documented here.
Last night we got together with Abbotsford Cycles and held a Dynamo Demo night to showcase and compare our favourite dynamo lights. It was a great opportunity to analyse the lights in action side my side in a controlled environment (unlit, closed road with no car traffic). Read on for the results.
Jan 2015 Update – We’ve just received stock from the second production run! Most are presold, but we have a few left in sizes 52cm, 56cm, (maybe a 58cm) and a 60cm. With the deteriorating Australian dollar vs the USD the price for the frameset is now $950. This is all the stock we could get for Australia so be quick if you want one.
The Jamis Coda is our favourite ‘budget’ commuter bike. They are Chromoly City Bikes with a sensible mix of parts, room for wide tyres and mud guards, braze-ons for racks, and they’re a good looking bike with understated black and silver paint work. For someone riding more than 3 or 4 days a week, we think they offer fantastic value.
Here a few examples of what to expect: Eurotrip full coverage guards (in colours) Tyres Assorted stems and handlebars Assorted bags and saddle bags LOTS of Koolstop brake pads in freaky configurations – Carbon rim cartridges for your Campy of Magura brakes anyone? Bobike baby seat spares Other cheap stuff!! We will also have a handful of Allegro bikes. There is a Fitz step through with a 1×8 drivetrain, mudguards and rack. A W1x9 Mixte with a, you guessed it, 1×9 drivetrain, mudguards and a rack as well as a 3 speed W3 Stepthrough in red. All garage sale goods are priced to clear and this is your one chance to haggle with us over price!
We have just received our second batch of SOMA Grand Randonneur framesets. These are a fantastic multi use bike, just at home on gravel as on the road. Designed around 650b wheels, the front end geometry is low trail to handle front loads, the tubing is light and supple to lend a smooth ride, and it has all the bottle mounts and braze-ons for building up a ‘proper’ randonneur. This frame was designed in conjunction with Mike Kone from Boulder Bikes who have been building fine randonneur frames for many years and still builds under the Rene Herse moniker. At $700 for the frame and fork, we think it is the best value 650b Randonneur bike available today.
This year we are once again teaming up with The Lux Foundry Cafe to offer commuters a free tune-up & safety assessment in addition to free coffee, or a great breakfast deal. The cafe is located on Hope street, just West of the Upfield bikepath. If it’s nice weather, we’ll be in the courtyard out the front. If it happens to rain, we’ll be sheltering inside. There is plenty of bike parking and the cafe is barely 50m off the path. All we ask is that you register – this way the statistics are in that people are actually riding on the day. Councils and Government can then use this data to inform their policy making. The details: Wednesday 16th October 2013 – From 7am to 9am Free tune-ups & safety assessments provided by Commuter Cycles mechanics Free coffee, banana, or a $9 breakfast deal for all riders -…
We’re big fans of Revelate bikepacking bags and a number of us have been using them for some time now. We’re pretty excited to now have a decent stock of them for sale in the workshop. For those who haven’t stumbled upon it yet, “Bikepacking” is the recently-coined term given to off-road touring of the type that requires a fully-fledged mountain bike. Revelate Designs is an Alaskan company who make bags for this purpose.
It is hard to believe, but we are turning 5. To celebrate, we’re organising a group ride, a Show ‘n Shine and a Party – all on Sunday 21st July. Please join us for one, or all the ‘stages’.
If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about cyclocross, or you’ve had a dabble but are keen to work on your technique, Commuter Cycles is running a skills session on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June.
We’ve been stocking Velo Orange stuff for a while now, and we’re really impressed by their gear, as well as their philosophy in general. They do a wide range of parts that are typically inspired by old French touring gear. Everything is well-thought out, well constructed, and a nice mix of old-style looks and modern construction and sizing.
Commuter cycles is excited to be sponsoring Damon Rao at the Bike Polo World Championships in Berlin and the London Open Tournament. He’ll be riding a custom made polo bike, a Symes Whiskey. He’ll be heading off tonight for two weeks in Europe and then competing in the Australian Championships in Brisbane with it later in the year. The bike was made at Commuter Cycles by Scott with geometry developed over 18 months of playing polo to emphasise nimbleness, but still remaining stable enough for one handed control. The bike fits standard mountain bike parts for ease of interchangeability. The bike also runs a “dingle” (dual single) gearing for dead easy manual gear changes. It’s currently set up for running a 63” street gear and a 42” polo gear with only a tiny change in wheel position between gears. A hydraulic rear brake was fitted to relieve hand fatigue during…
The roller door at 14 Prentice Street went up officially for the first time at 7.30am on Monday 21st July. After a crazy six weeks of cleaning, painting, building, stocking, fabricating and spray painting bikes, the Commuter Cycles workshop and initial ‘fleet’ or courtesy bikes are now in service. Thank you to the legion of friends and family who have supported, advised and helped along the way. I truly could not have done it without you all. Drop in between 7.30am and 6.30pm weekdays to say hi, see what we do, and chat about how we might be able to help you get from A to B by bike safely, reliably and with a smile on your face.