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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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All of the lights

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).

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SOMA Summer Jamboree – Complete Bikes Launch Party

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.

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SOMA Wolverine

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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Jamis Coda – Best Commuter bike around $1000

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.

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Garage Sale – Saturday September 13th

We are having a Garage Sale on Saturday September 13th. It will run all day in line with our new Saturday opening hours of 10am to 4pm. There will be a range of parts and accessories on sale - all are new. We need to make room at the workshop for our full range of SOMA complete bikes that are arriving soon, so we're clearing out old stock, discontinued lines, products with damaged packaging or things that are incomplete, but still useful as spares or singles items.

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2014 Vivente World Randonneur – in Stock!

Vivente is a small Australian bicycle company, and we've been stocking their World Randonneur models for a long time. They represent excellent value for money in a loaded touring bike, and also suit themselves very well to the dedicated commuter cyclist. The brains behind the company, Noel, is constantly tweaking them to make sure every detail is considered, from the frame features, right down to the choice of spokes. The brand new 2014 bikes incorporate some big changes, many of which are upgrades, or associated with the introduction of a Rohloff internal gear hub model.

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SOMA Grand Randonneur Frames

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.

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Ride2Work day 2013

National Ride to Work Day is approaching quickly on Wednesday 16th October. For many of us, every day is ride to work day, but this National event is a great opportunity to encourage other workmates to give riding a go. Every year we do something to sweeten the deal.

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Rack-less bikepacking bags by Revelate

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.

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Commuter Cycles 5th Birthday

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'.

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Bikefest – Swapmeet and Treadlie Market

The Melbourne Bikefest is almost upon us.  This year the Bikefest will form part of the Sustainable Living Festival. This means that in addition to the Bikefest festivities, there will be plenty of other interesting (non-bike related) things to see and do. It also means that it might not pour with rain for the duration of the festival!

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Velo Orange

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.

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