Treadlie Swap Meet

EVERYTHING MUST GO! We're clearing out our 2nd hand parts this Saturday 11th Feb at the Treadlie Swap Meet. It's a part of the Sustainable Living Festival. You'll find us at Birrarung Marr from 10am to 3pm. Our friends Abbotsford Cycles will be there along with some other bike horders! Come and grab a bargain.

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Surly Karate Monkey 2017

Just before the new year the guys from Surly were in town so we headed up to the central coast to meet with them and check out the new Surly range for 2017. We were most interested in the new and redesigned Karate Monkey. This was the bike which started the 29er revolution being the first mass produced 29er available back in 2009.

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Happy holidays

From everyone at Commuter Cycles we thank you for the support during the year and wish you a merry Christmas and an amazing new year. We'll be closed from Christmas day until Tuesday 3rd January. The online shop will still be open, but we won't be fulfilling orders until after the 3rd.

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The ‘Hunt 1000’ bikepacking event

The inaugural Hunt 1000 bikepacking event kicks off this Sunday. 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 itinery of 7-10 day has been put forward by the organizers however some have set themselves a challenge to finish it faster. We have many friends and customers giving it a go so would like to share a bit about their bikes and set up.

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Surly bikes now in stock

We've topped up on Stragglers and Disc Truckers for summer so now is the best time to get that Surly you've always dreamed of.The Surly Straggler is a fantastic bike if you are looking for a bike to commute to work on and have aspirations to do some day trips and overnighter rides in the country. It will take panniers and fenders and there is a massive range of tyres available for all riding conditions.The Disc Trucker is the stalwart of the Surly line up, it can be set up in infinite configurations to suit whatever you intend to do with it.We also have good stock of Surly Ogre's and Trolls if you are looking to get off the beaten path this summer.See below for stock availability or give us a call!

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Hunt bikes 29er bikepacking rig

A new addition to the adventure bike market, Hunt bikes from Canberra have put a new spin on the MTB tourer. This bike comes very capable, designed for long days in the saddle on rough terrain, it is essentially a bikepacking specific mountain bike!

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Soma Smoothie ES house build demo bike

The Soma Smoothie is an ode to the classic steel road bike. A few features set this apart from the standard off the shelf road bike. Room for 32mm slick tyres or fenders and 28mm tyres, this road bike becomes very capable. It also sports a relaxed geometry and tall head tube for all day riding. Rack and Fender mounts mean this bike can be set up for light touring and commuting too! We just love this years colour so felt compelled to build one up as a demo bike to show off just how great this bike is.

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Surly Troll and Ogre in stock

Since it's inception the Surly Troll has been a favorite among World tourers and mountain bikers alike. The 26 inch wheels and an infinite possibility of set ups make it a very popular choice for a utilitarian bicycle. The more recent addition of the Ogre to the Surly line up of off road touring bikes have given 29ers a spotlight. Currently we've got good stock of frames and bikes so call in to see what we can do for you.

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My Mechanic Rules

"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.

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Soma and Surly house builds

We've been building tried and tested commuting, touring and adventure bikes for a while now so we have a great understanding of what people want in a bike. This had led us to creating some off the shelf custom builds. Thus allowing us to hand pick parts and QC the entire build process. Some of the bikes we love such as the Soma Wolverine, Soma Juice and Saga disc are only available as frame-sets so we wanted to give customers a feel for how great these bikes really are. We'll be adding more bikes to the website in the coming weeks so stay tuned and in the mean time call in for a test ride!

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Tour Divide 2016 with our man Gareth

I first went riding with Gareth a few years ago, it was a three day ride out to Woods Point and back with a group of friends. Gareth had been into road bikes for a few years but this was his first 'off road' ride, I'll never forget the guy in the Bont carbon road shoes sliding down a very steep fire trail to camp one evening with a look of terror on his face, I think he was hooked! Fast forward to 2016 and Gareth is a serious contender in the world's hardest MTB race, the Tour Divide.

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Garage Sale – Saturday June 25

We're having a Garage Sale on Saturday June 25th. For one day only, we'll be heavily discounting selected items to make space for a workshop renovation. There will be a range of bikes, frames, parts and accessories on sale - all our new.

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Apidura long term test

We have been stocking Apidura bikepacking products for quite a while now. So we thought it was time for a run down of whats on offer in their ever increasing range. The Apidura kit has been getting a good work out from all the staff here. It has held up to quite a bit of abuse and we have been very impressed with the quality.

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Dynamo Lights Demo

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.

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Adam’s SRAM Rival1 Wolverine

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.

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JR’s Single Speed Wolverine

Our mate John loves a single speed. He's got an enviable collection of bikes and had a gap between the cross bike and the SS hardtail that needed filling. Despite being the biggest frame size we've built, John's is the lightest Wolverine that's been through the shop.

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Velo Orange Piolet

This bike is a niche filler. There aren't many options for touring bikes that can tackle the sort of trails and fire roads that you'd usually need a mountain bike for. Velo Orange has just started producing one and they've called it the Piolet.

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Ortlieb Panniers and bags – staff favourites

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.

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Surly ECR test ride

It is not every day someone goes out into the desert for a 2000km test ride but the Surly ECR demands that kind of attention. This ride was about testing both man and machine and seeing how new products are redefining touring as we know it.

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Riley’s SOMA Double Cross Gravel Commuter

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.

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Belinda’s Surly Light Haul Trucker

Belinda's bike was a bit of an enigma. She came to us with a brief that didn't at first make a lot of sense. She wanted a lightweight build on an old favourite of ours, the Surly Long Haul Trucker. During the build we affectionately nick-named it the Light Haul Trucker. Needless to say, by the end we were all convinced and pleasantly surprised with the result.

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