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  • 2017 Rides Calendar

    Posted on March 27 2017

    Given the popularity of our previous shop rides, and how we've been encouraged to organise more, we thought it made sense to plan out rides for the rest of the...

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  • Sydney Cargo Bike Picnic

    Posted on March 01 2017

    Are you a cargo bike owner? A bike courier? Have questions about kid-carrying by bike? Queries about how to get back from Bunnings without a car?  Come along to our...

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  • Dynamo Light Tryout Night

    Posted on March 01 2017

      Daylight savings is sadly almost over, and now is the time to think about dynamo lights. We love them - they're super bright, never run out of juice, and take...

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  • Un-racing the Hunt 1000

    Posted on December 26 2016

    Long-distance endurance races have been a fixture of the international bikepacking (lightweight touring) scene for years, and now they're cropping up in Australia as well. The Monaro Cloudride, and the...

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  • Holiday opening hours

    Posted on December 17 2016

    It's a week til Christmas, and we know what it's like to leave your shopping til the last minute, so here are our opening hours: Monday 10am-6pmTuesday 8am-6pmWednesday 10am-6pmThursday 10am-6pmFriday...

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  • Surly 2017 season launch

    Posted on November 25 2016

    We're very excited to be hosting the Surly 2017 season launch. Come along, have some pizza and a drink, and check out what's new for everyone's favourite brand of adventure...

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  • Howard's custom Wolverine

    Posted on November 15 2016

    In late September, Howard got his hands on this Soma Wolverine frameset, with grand plans for a custom build.  He sanded it back... And applied several coats of paint.    ...

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  • New Gazelles now in store

    Posted on November 10 2016

    Spring is here, and we are proud to announce some new additions to our Gazelle family. We've had a few customers come in looking for a sporty, upright bike -...

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  • Summer bike touring weekend

    Posted on October 21 2016

          We're organising another bicycle touring weekend, and guess what? You're invited! On the 12th and 13th of November, we'll be riding on the Hawkesbury, camping in the...

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  • Lithgow to Mittagong shop tour recap

    Posted on October 11 2016

     The Lithgow to Mittagong cycle touring route has been a favourite of ours for a number of years, and this was the second group ride we had organised.  Taking on board...

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  • Introducing the Soma Wolverine

    Posted on September 18 2016

    We love adventure bikes - bikes that let you get out into the bush, bring your camping gear, burl down some trails, and just generally have fun. That's what the...

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  • Ortlieb Courier Bags

    Posted on September 08 2016

    When you're a commuter cyclist, one of the biggest considerations is how to carry all the stuff you need to take to work. We stock plenty of panniers and bags...

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  • October Long Weekend Tour

    Posted on August 25 2016

    Update: we'll be leaving at 9am sharp on Saturday October 1st, from Queen Elizabeth Park on Main St, Lithgow. If you're catching the train on the morning, the 5.48am from...

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  • Brompton Urban Challenge

    Posted on August 12 2016

    If you enjoy orienteering and Bromptons in equal measure, get ready for your new favourite day of the year: the Brompton Urban Challenge. It's basically a scavenger hunt where teams of cyclists...

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  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: the end of secondhand

    Posted on August 05 2016

    As our staff and customers can attest, we've transformed over the 5 years we've been open. We started off importing containers of secondhand Dutch bikes straight from the Netherlands, and now we've...

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  • $400 off Gazelle Impulse

    Posted on August 05 2016

    After the success of our sale, we've decided to keep the sale going on one of our most beloved electric bikes - the Gazelle Orange C8 Impulse. Gazelle is Australia's...

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  • Rain wear for cyclists

    Posted on June 16 2016

    The term "fair weather cyclist" is a bit nasty, but there are many bike riders who just won't go out when it's raining. Maybe it's because they just refuse to...

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  • Join us on a Midwinter Adventure Ride

    Posted on June 02 2016

    This long weekend (11-13 June), we're organising a ride down to the historic ghost town of Newnes.  We'll be leaving on Saturday morning (catching the 8.18am train from Central) and...

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  • Trip report: the Tasmanian Trail

    Posted on May 15 2016

    In which Chris relates his experiences of riding the length (height?) of Tasmania, getting quite muddy in the process. Split into two sections: The Trip and The Gear. The Trip...

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  • Packing your bike into a box

    Posted on February 26 2016

    If you're heading on an overseas tour (or even one domestically), you might well need to pack it into a box - both airlines and NSW railways require it. There's...

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  • The Surlys are coming

    Posted on February 23 2016

    There's a big shipment of Surly bikes landing on March 15, and we're now taking pre-orders. All your favourites will be here: Ogres, Trolls, Stragglers, and ECRs. Stocks are limited,...

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  • Gazelle CityZen C8 electric bike has arrived

    Posted on January 14 2016

    After much anticipation, the Gazelle CityZen C8 electric bicycle has arrived in Australia. This sleek urban e-bike is powered by the Bosch mid-drive motor, has an 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gear...

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  • Sydney's Surly Stockist

    Posted on December 09 2015

    Big news: we're now the Sydney Stockist for Surly bikes. We've made no secret of the fact that we like Surly bikes - many of our staff own one or...

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  • Navigation for cycling trips

    Posted on October 21 2015

    Paper maps, compasses and trip computers have long been the navigational method for cyclists. However, smart phones have become ubiquitous, and they're pretty excellent for cyclists who are going to...

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  • Why we're Sydney's best bike shop for women

    Posted on October 13 2015

    Erin and Maddie truing wheels Back in 2013, we were voted Sydney's best bicycle shop for women. Since then we haven't been resting on our laurels - here's why we're still...

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  • Lightweight bikepacking: What to bring?

    Posted on October 11 2015

    If you're going on a tour for months through Europe, you're probably not that worried about counting every gram. However, if you're planning a 200km adventure ride through the Blue...

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  • Come riding with us

    Posted on September 01 2015

    We're organising a few rides coming up soon. Join us! 3-5 October - Nice and Easy Touring: Hawkesbury River This long weekend is the perfect introduction to bicycle touring. Not too...

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  • Updates from the road

    Posted on September 01 2015

    Ollie's been in France for the last little while, and he rode over to Scotland on his Vivente World Randonneur to meet up with Will. He was riding about 200km...

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  • Bikepacking on the Vivente World Randonneur

    Posted on August 31 2015

    Update: The Apidura bikepacking bags used on this trip are now available in store and online. There's no better excuse to go riding than testing out some new gear, so...

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  • Focus urban bicycles

    Posted on August 09 2015

    It's not often that we add a new brand of bicycles to our range, but as an independent bicycle shop we're always looking for the best bikes we can offer....

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  • Pre-orders now open for new Vivente World Randonneurs

    Posted on July 19 2015

    New models of the Vivente World Randonneur commuting/touring bikes are on their way, and we're expecting to have them in the shop mid-August. These have been eagerly awaited, and we're...

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  • Choosing a front rack for your bike

    Posted on May 07 2015

    Racks are accessories that instantly improve a bicycle. There's nothing less pleasant than riding in summer with a heavy backpack - not only do you end up with a giant...

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  • Announcing the Omafiets Brompton Club

    Posted on April 01 2015

    We love Brompton folding bicycles, and though they're a very low-maintenance bicycle, we like to make sure they're in perfect working order. That's why we're launching the Omafiets Brompton Club,...

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  • All There Is To Know About Flat-Bar Conversions

    Posted on March 24 2015

    For various reasons, people sometimes want to change the handlebars of their road bike to be more upright. Often it's a much-loved road bike that isn't as comfortable as it...

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  • Staff Picks: Hiplok

    Posted on February 24 2015

    This is the first in our Staff Pick's series, where we ask staff which products they use and recommend. Shop mechanic Erin has chosen the Hiplok, a bicycle lock that you...

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  • Locking up your Brompton

    Posted on February 17 2015

    The Brompton folding bicycle is such a novel design that securing it requires careful consideration. Given its small size when folded, chances are you'll be able to bring it inside...

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  • The Ultimate Dutch Bike

    Posted on February 03 2015

    The new Gazelle Ultimates have arrived. The Ultimates are really the best Dutch bikes out there, with the highest grade components and thoughtful design. There are two versions available: the...

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  • Upgrading your Jamis Coda Sport

    Posted on February 03 2015

    The Jamis Coda Sport is a great bike to ride around the city, or a trip across Australia. Whatever you're doing with it, it's worth thinking about some accessories you...

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  • Join the Omafiets' Saddle Club

    Posted on January 24 2015

    The Omafiets' Saddle Club has launched! If you're finding your current saddle a little uncomfortable, come and sit on one of ours. Here's how it works: You pay a $30...

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  • Restoring an Automoto

    Posted on December 25 2014

    This 60-year-old French bicycle was brought to us in a sorry state - from the look of the tyres, it had been sitting in a barn in the countryside for...

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  • Sydney's home of family cycling

    Posted on November 21 2014

    We've been gradually building our offerings of "family" bikes and accessories - everything you need to get the whole family on bikes. Active transport is such an important part of a...

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  • Interest free loans for bikes

    Posted on November 19 2014

    For a limited time, Transport Mutual are offering zero interest bicycle loans. That means that for a period of two years you can pay off a bike, and pay zero...

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  • ByK bikes for big kids (or small adults)

    Posted on November 17 2014

    The Australian brand ByK have just expanded their range of bikes with the E-620. This bike is designed for children 10-14 years old, for whom adult bikes were often too...

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  • The Electric Vivente

    Posted on October 04 2014

    We've often thought about doing an electric conversion of our favourite city/touring bike, the Vivente World Randonneur. This week we did exactly that, to create the ultimate electric tourer: the...

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  • Wollondilly River bicycle tour

    Posted on August 15 2014

    You might have seen some photos on our Facebook from some gorgeous backcountry cycling trips that we've been on recently. Well, here's your chance to come along! You're invited on...

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  • Omafiets Mechanics and their Vivente World Randonneurs, Part 2

    Posted on July 16 2014

    Continuing our series about the Vivente World Randonneur (VWR), Tim and Maurice share their thoughts about our favourite bike. Tim's flat-bar VWR  Chris: Why a Vivente? Tim: I wanted a bike that...

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  • Bikes for tall people

    Posted on July 05 2014

    This is Will, one of our mechanics. He's a tall guy, but here he is riding an extra-small bike (he normally rides an XXL). It's alarmingly common that people are...

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  • Omafiets Mechanics and their Vivente World Randonneurs, Part 1

    Posted on July 04 2014

    The Vivente World Randonneur (VWR) is our favourite bike, for both everyday city riding and long-haul touring. Since so many of our staff ride them, we thought we'd ask them...

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