Category: Touring

Salsa Vaya GX now available!

Vaya is a road adventure and light touring bike, designed to handle any road surface, from pavement to gravel to dirt. The tubing selection and stable geometry across the line makes for a bike that feels great unloaded or loaded for a fast tour, soaking up unpredictable surfaces mile after mile, from one town to the next. Vaya is an extremely versatile machine, always ready and able if the path turns less than ideal.

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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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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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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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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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Rohloff LHTs

We recently built a pair of custom Long Haul Truckers around Rohloffs. Rolhoffs are great for touring and commuting bikes because they offer a wide range of gears in even increments, they can shift gears while the pedals are not being turned, and because all the shifting takes place in the rear hub there are no gear combinations and so no combinations to avoid. They are unbelievably robust and reliable too, needing an infrequent oil change and not much else by way of maintenance.

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LHT with Butterfly Bars

We don't do a lot of Butterfly bars, but for some people they are just what the doctor ordered.  This is a Long Haul Trucker build we did using butterfly bars to shorten the cockpit to make a second-hand slightly-too-big frame work for one of customers who doesn't like drop bars.  She's going to use it as a commuter and do some touring on it.

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Vivente World Randonneur

We've just started stocking an amazing value touring/commuting bike which comes kitted out with spectacular components and a bunch of good quality and useful accessories.  It's the World Randonneur, which has been made by Vivente (and before that Gemini) for a really long time, and which has just gradually evolved over those years.  As a result, the 2012 range come with a huge number of nifty little touches and unconventional but smart specs.  They come in 3 variations, all of which are amazingly good value with an extremely high spec level for all of the parts, including many accessories that we find ourselves recommending for custom builds on other bikes.

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Sustainability Festival – Bike Touring Workshop

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.

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The Many Faces of the Long Haul Trucker

Surly's Long Haul Trucker (LHT) is our reference point for touring bikes and they make excellent commuters as well. As a general rule the requirements of commuters and tourists are similar -  the bike should be comfortable, should be able to carry a reasonable load, should be robust and reliable, should fit moderately wide tyres and mudguards and should be fast and efficient enough to cover large distances at a decent clip.  The LHT does all of these things and is versatile enough to be set up to match the needs of a lot of cyclists.  We build, and sell, more of them than any other bike.  We've mentioned them a number of times in this blog, but we thought it was time to write more comprehensively about our thoughts on them, and where they sit in our line-up.

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