A bikeshop with a difference…

Commuter Cycles is a bike workshop dedicated to everyday cyclists. Fixing bikes is what we do. If you love your bike, and ride it to get from A to B, Commuter Cycles is your bike shop.Commuter-Cycles-4

We offer tailored servicing and repairs, reliable accessories and good value replacement parts. We take great pride in our workmanship and think bright lights, panniers and mudguards are cool. At Commuter Cycles, the workshop is the shop, so you deal with the same people who look after your bike.

If you’re after a bike, we also sell complete Surly bikes and Gazelles, or can build your dream steed from the ground up.

Better still, Commuter Cycles makes looking after your bike easy by offering courtesy bikes, opening early and closing late, and we’re conveniently located next to the Upfield bikepath and Brunswick station.

Commuter News

Dynamo Lights Demo

April 17th, 2015 - no comments

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Keen to try a dynamo light set-up? Together with Abbotsford Cycles we are holding a demo night to show off our favourite hub dynamos and front and rear lights.

Join us on Wednesday 29th at 6.30pm for a test ride around the Yarra Boulevard ‘Teardrop loop’. We’ll have a range of lights to compare so you can see for yourself how efficient modern hub dynamos are, and how incredible the light output is.

See where you’re going without blinding other road users, and never worry about batteries again. You can even charge USB powered devices with a dynamo. We’ll also have an MTB that you can take on the nearby Yarra Trails for a quick spin to see how they perform off-road.

Schmidt, Shutter Precision and Shimano hub dynamos will be available to try. They will be paired up with Busch and Muller lights including the high powered Luxos range.

Date: Wednesday 29th April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Location: Yarra Boulevard ‘Teardrop Loop’. Google Maps link https://goo.gl/maps/PtOJR

RSVP: Please email huw@commutercycles.com.au so we have an idea of numbers and we’ll let you know of any changes.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/802327673154915/

Busch+Muller Lights: http://www.bumm.de/
Shutter Precision Dynamos: http://www.sp-dynamo.com/

SOMA Summer Jamboree – Complete Bikes Launch Party

January 4th, 2015 - no comments

Soma have been making fantastic steel framesets for years, but they have only recently launched a range of complete bikes based around their most popular models – the Double Cross Disc CX bike, Saga Touring bike, Buena Vista Mixte and Smoothie ES ‘relaxed’ Road Bike.

The first shipment has just landed and is available exclusively through Commuter Cycles.

We’re having a party to celebrate their arrival and show them off.

Come and test ride all the models and sizes, and have a beer on us.

We also want to showcase the fine custom Somas already on Melbourne’s streets, so we’ve having a Soma Show ‘n’ Shine on the same day. Entry is free and there will be schwag.

The Details

  • Saturday 17th January
  • 4pm-7pm @ Commuter Cycles, 14 Prentice St, Brunswick
  • SOMA Show ‘n’ Shine from 5pm-6pm
  • Drinks on us

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SOMA Wolverine

September 21st, 2014 - no comments

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.

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We have just received stock of the new SOMA Wolverine. It is as amazing in the flesh, as it is on paper.

I always have a ‘fantasy’ build on the go in my mind and since learning of the Wolverine 6 months ago, it has been based on this frameset.

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The Wolverine is ostensibly a ‘Monster Cross’ bike, which just means a cyclocross bike that can comfortably accommodate tyres bigger than 35c. In the same way that ‘cross bikes such as the SOMA Double Cross and Surly Cross Check are versatile bikes, a Monster Cross bike is even more flexible by extending the range of what the the bike can do off-road.

SOMA have capitalised on this versatility by fitting Tange sliding dropouts that make setting the bike up geared, single speed or hub geared a cinch. The dropouts cleverly also incorporate a ‘split’ that enables you to run a Gates belt drive. You can even fit Rohloff specific Paragon Machine Works dropouts.

To quote SOMA, “Its geometry is stable enough for off road touring, but sporty enough for all-around adventure.”

Given its mixed terrain credentials, the Wolverine is only available with disc brake mounts. Until recently this would have meant Avid BB7 cable operated discs would have been the best brake that could be used with drop bars, but recent developments make a number of superior options now available – think Tektro Spyre, Shimano CX77 and the even newer Hydraulic STI compatible road disc brakes from Shimano and SRAM.

The first build (pictured above) is for Enduro Mag to do a long term test – it will initially be built up Gates Belt Single Speed with a bunch of nice SOMA bits.

The second one we’re building up is based on the new Shimano 5800 11sp wide range groupset with H Plus Son Archetype rims, White Industries rear hub and an SP Dynamo front hub with B+M light setup. True to form, duties for Ian’s Wolverine range from taking his child to daycare to of-froad adventures on the weekend.

We have incredibly limited stock of 54, 56 and 58cm frames, but can order others in. Come in to discuss a build and book a session on the fit bike to work out sizing. Unless you’re a 56cm, because that is the one I want for my ‘fantasy build’.

And did I mention that it is ‘Pumpkin’ orange?

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The particulars:

– Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo front triangle; butted CrMo rear end
– Clearance for 700x45c tires w/ mudguards
– Rear hub spacing: 135mm
– Gates Carbon belt drive compatible
– Matching lugged flat crown fork Tange Infinity CrMo steel fork; double eyelets pannier rack and mini rack mounts
– Braze-ons for rear rack and fenders (disc brake-compatible racks only)
– 1-1/8″ size headtube
– Sizes:50, 52, 54, 56, 58cm
– 2170gm (frame), 1040gm (fork, uncut steerer)
– Color: Pumpkin Orange – Compatible with Paragon Machine Works replacement dropouts (Rohloff, Single Speed, Direct Mount, Thru Axle)

Update 20.10.14 – Shimano 5800 Build Complete

Soma Commuter wolverine Photo Steve Lightfoot.