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…
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/
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.
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…
Save the date, we’ve planned the Melbourne edition of the international Swift Campout. If you’re interested in trying camping by bike this is the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. You can expect a 30km ride, mostly on bike paths, to a Parks Vic campsite with a campfire. All you need is a bike, a tent, camping gear and warm clothes.
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.
Our friend and talented wordsmith Pepper Cook has dropped a few musings about our latest installment of Commuter campout: Single Track. Whiskey. Leaping Frogs. Prairie Breakers. Large bearded men and one lady in flannos riding bikes adorned with front baskets, complete with decorative foliage. These are just a few items to be found in the wild on any given Commuter Cycles Campout. said decorative foliage, it was an accident…really! I was one of the lucky attendees to the three day Commuter Campout 2.0 a couple of weekends ago and I’m here to tell you about the rowdy time we had. This particular campout was arranged and planned meticulously by the legendary Will Hartnett of Commuter Cycles. Will used to be a tour guide so he’s pretty knowledgeable when it comes to route planning and whiskey rationing. He also has a good grip on bike mechanics which happened to come…
The inaugural Hunt 1000 bikepacking event kicks off this Sunday, 27th November. Participants will be taking on a 1000km personal challenge through the Snowy mountains from Canberra to Melbourne. The challenge takes on the best fire trails and backroads the Snowy’s have to offer. Everybody will be self–sufficient, bringing all their own sleeping gear, food and emergency equipment. A suggested itinerary of 7-10 days has been put forward by the organisers however, some have set themselves a challenge to finish it faster. We have many friends and customers giving it a go and would like to share a bit about their bikes and set up.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 -…
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.
The ride goes from Saturday 24th November through to Sunday 2nd December. It takes a combination of paved and dirt roads. There are mechanics on hand should your bike malfunction, but there are a few simple things you can go in advance to decrease the chances of that. Luke, one of our mechanics, worked on the ride for a couple of years and got a sense of the most common issues. He’s also the best person at Commuter to ask about the suitability of different bike setups for the ride – tyre width, gears range required and so on. Here’s a quick guide though. Mechanical Problems First off, the most common mechanical problems Luke dealt with on the ride are the most common ones we deal with in the workshop – broken spokes, worn bottom brackets and worn drivetrains. These can all be identified ahead of time and dealt with…
As part of the Sustainable Living Festival we’ll be doing a workshop on bike touring as an environmentally friendly alternative to a driving holiday. We’ll be talking about the suitability of your current bike for touring, what to look for in a touring bike if your current one isn’t going to work out, what sort of gear to bring, and I’ll be going on and on about how nice it is to bike tour in Tasmania. It’ll be very informal with lots of Q&A and show and tell.
The Melbourne Bikefest is fast approaching, and we’ll be running a couple of the events. The Bikefest is a celebration of Melbourne cycling culture in all its forms and there are a heap of great events on. It’s one of the only times of year that hipsters, vintage bike nerds, cargo bike enthusiasts and lycra-clad racers hang out together in the same building!