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….Read more
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….Read more
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….Read more
The Vivente World Randonneur is the best value touring and heavy duty commuting bike available. Designed in Australia, Vivente have been perfecting their bikes for over 20 years. The latest range includes an upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes and two new models….Read more
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….Read more
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….Read more
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….Read more
Long-time mate of the shop JR wanted something for his partner Jacqui. We hooked them up with the nicest complete Mixte you can get – the Soma Beuna Vista – and added aluminium guards and a neat little front rack….Read more
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….
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….Read more
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….Read more
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….Read more
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….Read more
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….Read more