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While Zane has been gallivanting at Mt Buller Victoria for the ski season we have been swooning over this custom Soma Wolverine build eagerly awaiting his return. As far as do-it-all bikes are concerned, we're pretty sure he's got most of the bases covered.
The brief was to replace a stolen road bike but it soon became apparent that he had no real use for a race bike when all he really wanted to do on it was commute and go out on the occasional ride at the weekend. We tried to future-proof for expansion on that in any direction - with possibilities like racing cross and hitting some of the local single track, the Wolverine was our first choice thanks to disc brakes, huge tyre clearances and the relaxed-but-still-fun geometry that has been so popular on builds past.
Shimano's Hydro/Mech Ultegra group was thrown into the mix with their world-class shifting and the braking confidence you can only get from disc brakes. MI6 and CX11 hubs from White Industries laced to H+Son Archetypes make a nice, mid-weight, bombproof wheelset with a wide enough rim to take wider (or knobblier!) tyres should this Wolverine find itself off road more than on in the long run. Schwalbe One 28c tyres give Zane a buttery smooth connection with the road and Cinelli's Caleido tape adds a splash of colour through the perforations while the leather-look black matches perfectly to the Fizik Antares saddle.
Slamming these sliding dropouts all the way keeps the rear end tight, with the ability to slide it back for even more tyre clearance if necessary - without having to adjust derailleur, brakes or cabling.
Thomson was an easy choice for finishing, their Carbon Road bar balances out the relatively heavy steel fork on this beast and soaks up some of the road chatter as well - an Elite stem and Masterpiece post complete the build.
Full Bike Check:
- Soma Wolverine Frame & Forks
- H Plus Son Archetype Rims
- White Industries CX11 & MI6 Hubs laced with Sapim Race Spokes
- Ultegra 11spd Hydro/Mechanical Groupset
- Thomson Carbon Road bars, Elite stem & Masterpiece post
- Velo-Orange Grand Cru Headset
- Fizik Antares Saddle
- SS King Cages
- Schwalbe ONE Tyres
- Cinelli Caleido Bartape
- With a touch of Treadly Fairy Dust.
5 years ago in October, Treadly Bike Shop open its doors. We'd like to thank every one of you that has supported this shop since then, so we're giving away some birthday presents! Over the next 5 weeks, we are giving away 5 prize packs - one to be drawn every Saturday from now until the end of October. To be in the running, repost the competition image (posted every Wenesday) before 10am on Saturday and tag @treadlybikeshop and #fiveyearsoftreadly - this is this week's prize so get reposting!
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Recently Gazelle Australia visited the mother land for the opening of new factory.
The new factory is quite amazing. It’s now the most modern bicycle factory in the world and the design of the factory is a great blend of tradition and futurism. The all new paint shop is said to be the best in the world and they boast that the bikes now have a better paint job than production cars.
The opening day was special because the factory was opened by the King of The Netherlands which signified the importance to that Royal Dutch Gazelle is to the Dutch people.
The future for Gazelle looks very bright. There will be some interesting new models coming out over the coming year with trends leaning towards the integration of smart mobile devices with ebikes. Gazelle has the ambition to be the biggest player in ebikes in Europe and therefore is striving to be the most innovative brand on the market.
The new CityZen C8 Bosch bike was showcased and looks the bees knees! It is a big departure from the usual Gazelle style bike and promises suit to the Australian market. The first shipment of CityZen C8 Bosch bikes should hitting our shores around December.
Sunday the 30th of August saw the start of the 4th edition of Treadly Bike Shop’s Boucle de Burbs (Boucle de Beers, Boucle de Bikes, French word de Burbs, et al) – now a mainstay of the Adelaide cycling calendar for punters of all stripes. From 50-odd people in Mitcham Reserve the first year to near-500 this year at its (seemingly permanent) home at Bonython Park Lake, its exponential, inevitable rise in popularity stems from its accessibility, as well as the laid-back attitude of the whole affair. The emphasis is on making time to stop and have something to drink on the way, exploring the cool spots you never realized were round the back of your mate’s house, and chucking sweet skids.
Getting there early, I helped set up a display, made friends with some local horses and watched an awesome array of bikes and riders roll in for the sign-on. From the latest custom creations from the crème de la crème of local craftsmen, to beat-to-buggery Taiwan steel heroes, all piloted by cyclists young and old – even a few below riding age along for the ride. Props to the couple on the vintage Jack Taylor tandem - that machine was mint. After waiting for what felt like and age for the rest of my group to rock up, as well as a brief deviation to Old Mate Phil’s place nearby to install a front rack, we were all away. Being one of those events that’s supplied with a map, there is some level of navigation involved. This year I made the genius decision to do no part of the orienteering whatsoever and it worked out great. Apparently we went off-route to go to a bakery – I was oblivious - I was following everyone else and I had a whale of a time. With these sorts of events one is often told getting lost is half the fun anyway.
Unpaved back lanes in Colonel Light Gardens that would lend themselves to a serious bandit ‘cross race, to rather incongruous burnt-out cars in North Adelaide - this year’s Boucle had scenery and (varied) surfaces in spades. Leafy boulevards gave way to the inevitable gravel laneways - all shortcuts to great eats and beer handups (a service I provided for free – I’m nice that way). Nothing too technical but heaps of rad all the same. Oh, and it was the best weather for it yet. A huge thank you must be given to Sam, Emily, Hamish, and Jake for the herculean task of organising the biggest and best Boucle de Burbs yet. The single biggest compliment I could pay the Boucle as an event is that every year the group I personally ride with has only gotten larger, and I associate almost exclusively with cyclists (I’m boring that way). The level of fun is obvious, the barriers to entry are subterranean, and the mood unphased and inclusive. It is, dare I say it, the most fun you can have socially on a bike in Adelaide. It’s almost a shame it only happens once a year. Then again, I suppose that’s what Lazy Wednesdays are for…
About the author.
Henry Veitch is a slightly overweight self-described “bicycle derelict”, and is available to sling backpack beers at your next bicycling event.
COFFEE AND PASTRIES WILL BE SERVED FROM 9:30AM AT BONYTHON PARK ON "BOUCLE SUNDAY" BY THE WONDERFUL ED FROM VELOESPRESSO
REGISTRATION CLOSES SUNDAY THE 23RD OF AUGUST 5PM.
"What time can we sign-in?" 11am to whenever.
"Is there food & beverages available at the start & finished?" Of course! Delectaballs will be serving their finest while Velo Espresso will have your coffee and pastry needs covered.
"How long is the ride?" The full course will be about 40km, but you don't have to finish it all.
"Where do I get a map?" A map will be provided in your Rider Pack on the day.
"I deleted the registration email." No worries! Let us know and we'll send you another.
"Is It family friendly?" Yes of course! The more the merrier!
"Where's my Ticket?" Be patient, it's in the snail mail.
BOUCLE DE TICKETS are non-refundable or exchangeable for goods instore at Treadly Bike Shop. Please notify the staff at Treadly prior to the event if a ticket is transferred to another rider.
Ride Safe & Ride Heaps!
By purchase of this ticket & participation in Boucle De Burbs 2015, Treadly Bike Shop and/or any of its third party agents & staff accept no liability for any negligence, damage to property, death or personal injury. Roads rules apply. Ride at your own risk and ride safe.
Soon to be released, the 2016 range of bicycles from BOMBTRACK is even more extensive. Check out some sneaky image on the IG.
We are so stoked for next year. Things are a changing...
Treadly is going to be the newest dealer in Adelaide for Salsa Cycles. A long time established adventure bike brand, Salsa caters for the extreme through to mellow of riding. The new Pony Rustler 27.5 for hitting the abundant trails throughout the Adelaide Hills or the Marrakesh Drop/Flat for commuting to weekend campouts. Salsa is a brand that ticks all the boxes.
We are proud to introduce our 2016 lineup! We’ve added three completely new models, updated several others, and changed the colors and component spec on most. Choices, choices, choices…
Click on a 2016 bike model below to learn more.
Pricing will be available closer to August/September. RIDE HEAPS!
Kona have just released their lineup of 2016 bikes and I have to say, we're pretty stoked. Steel is back in a big way (and in some nice colours!) with the Rove, the Roadhouse and the Sutra, and the Ute has been updated with hydraulic disc brakes for even more stopping power. The Humuhumu keeps the klunker dream alive, and the Hei Hei looks like it's everything we've ever dreamed of in a mountain bike!
More info over at Kona, Australian pricing to come in the next few weeks!
Click on poster to see what all the fuss is about!
Keep your eyes peeled for an thing we're organising which ties in nicely with this video - and for part 2 in this series, it looks great!
On the shortest day of the year, 10 riders set out from Ebenezer Pl, fuelled by espresso and croissants courtesy of Hey Jupiter. Straight up Glen Osmond road, we wanted to get out of the city as quickly as possible.
Continuing with the get-out-of-town-quickly theme, we rode straight up the freeway. Jarred had decided he was doing the whole weekend on his singlespeed and the climb was too much to bear with a shirt on.
One quick descent later, we found ourselves on the first of many dirt climbs that Sam had in store for us on the route he had so lovingly crafted - semi-secured loads on Surlys leading Rapha kit for a short while before the cyclocross boys went off the front.
The Meadows Bakery filled us up with (maybe too much) pastry and sugar before we headed out...
... and got lost for the first time. Nice opportunity for a group shot though!
We made it to Victor Harbor unscathed, and took the wonderfully scenic bike path to Pt Elliot for the night.
Up early to drink some more coffee before we headed out, many thanks to DeGroot Coffee and their resident pup!
None of us really knew what we were in for on Day 2, but with some tired legs and over-caffeinated blood we made it up Crows Nest Rd to be rewarded with this!
A couple of missed turns and consequently a couple of hard-slogs-on-main-roads-we-shouldn't-have-been-on later we made it to our last scheduled stop for the weekend before home, Dawn Patrol Coffee - part roastery, part boutique coffee shop, part country shed, I could've spent all day lying in that sun.
On we pressed, to the hardest climb of the weekend - Potter Rd out of Clarendon, and then over the range and back into the city for some hard-earned rest (read: beer). A weekend of perfect weather, green valleys and one very cold night left us all pretty stoked to have been a part of Swift's worldwide Summer (Winter) Solstice Campout!
Just watch... The simple life.
Calling bicycle adventurers worldwide!
Swift Industries in conjunction with Treadly Bike Shop invites you to pack up and skip town for the
Swift Campout, June 20th + 21st 2015.
Sign on at builtbyswift.com with TREADLY ADVENTURE CLUB as your POSSE to mark the map with your campout, then invite friends far and wide to band together for a night afield.
If you have signed up or planning on coming for a pedal this weekend please read below:
Welcome to Treadly's Adventure Club first Swift Camp Out. A weekend of good times with good friends.
Departure will be from Treadly Bike Shop in Ebenezer Place at 8:45am, with a breakfast meeting at Hey Jupiter (across the street) from 8:00am where you will recieve your fieldnotes for Day 1 & 2.
Please confirm by Thursday 18th 5:00pm if you are camping or cabining, accommodation costs can be paid in cash to Jake at breakfast.
Both days on average are 100km of bitumen and gravel through the Adelaide Hills to the coastal seaside village of Port Elliot. All are welcome, whether you'll be on the carbon roadie in lycra or atop a loaded-down Surly in cutoffs. Please prepare yourself with all the overnight items you may need, (Remember, pack light, pack smart.) and all the on-road essentials.
Food stops have been allocated along the route, but snacks are recommended to keep energy levels!
Don't forget that we're collecting your Solstice Trip Journals and Campout Films. Submit your stories for a chance to win a full touring set-up from Swift Industries and the best of independently made adventure gear from the brands that stoke Swift Campout. More details on the Swift Campout Page
See you Saturday!
"Developed with Olaf Wit and proven in the extreme Transalp race by Stefan ‘Fish’ Vis, the Hook is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing, the subtle understated looks masking the true abilities of this bike. The Columbus tubing and carbon fork keep things stiff but light, and the Sram rival group set ensure flawless shifting. The wheel set is the latest offering from Mavic, so the bike is well equipped to take on whatever adventure you have in store for it, gravel, CX or even a trip across the Alps."
Watch Stefan tackle the famed Paris-Roubaix cobbles on one below!
"The Arise is like a Swiss Army Knife, tough, dependable and versatile. At its heart is the heat-treated crmo frame, strong and light. The fork crown is invest casted with an internal sleeve design to keep the outside looking clean and smooth. Removable cable tabs and the horizontal dropouts that allow for mounting a derailleur ramp up this bikes versatility. The larger tire clearance and rack mounts mean this bike can be anything from a single speed commuter, CX racer, or even an off-road travel bike."
Check out the Arise being put through its paces!
Of course, we couldn't introduce Bombtrack without a soundtrack.
Forecast - 18c and clear! No need for wet weather gear, just a pocket full and haggling mouth.
Treadly Street Sale 10-30% off brands such as Linus, Tokyo Bike, Soma, Gios, Vanmoof, Velocity, San Marco, F44, Nutcase, TwoWheelCool, Fyxation and Charge.
Buckit Belts will be spruiking wears.
If bicycles aren't your thing, Crackle & Pop Records will be off loading all your favourite black disc.
2nd hand goodies from Adelaide’s bicycle community & collectors.
The Ebenezer BICYCLE SWAP MEET on SUNDAY 24th May at 10am open to young and old the buy, sell and barter. Setup from 9am, buyers free to haggle from 10. $5 a stall. To register a stall email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pretty excited to have two of these bells from Crane in the shop today, get in quick because they certainly won't be here long. Here's a video of them being painted!
How about the weather lately? Pretty average, eh. It’s this time of year I start to change the focus of my cycling. Fenders go on, I start planning building a dynamo lighting wheel (three years with my touring bike – still hasn’t happened), and I begin to look for opportunities to get outdoors, in spite of a bit of rain or more frequent overcast days. One thing I’ve learned is it’s far easier to brave the elements with some mates. Specially, packing light, jumping on a bike and heading off to somewhere less urban (think Treadly’s #LazyWednesday rides). My favourite of these social rides is a tradition that has now come to be known amongst my mates as “beer rides”. These anti-epics involve throwing a few cold ones into a backpack or saddlebag (if you’re a real pro you stash some at the location beforehand) and heading up to the hills to talk shit and watch the sunset. Now I’m in no way claiming that we invented the tradition of riding up hills to catch sunsets, but we have been doing it for a couple of years before #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam was a thing on the instas. Make of that what you will. What’s more, people tend to be inherently contemplative and communal when watching a sunset, particularly when removed from an urban landscape, so I feel we’re satisfying something innate when we do this. The drinking isn’t even that important in-and-of-itself, all you really need is a destination, a means of getting there (bikes are pretty good for this), something to sit on (if you like) and something to keep warm in when the sun goes down (if you like). Hell, you can even do it on your own, though it is far more fun with mates.
In terms of destination, there are few spots better than Mt Osmond. Mt Osmond lies within the City of Burnside, and is a comparatively lightly settled area. Originally used for grazing and mining, it is now sparsely residential, but gets enough bike traffic that the locals tend to know how to pass you safely. Its summit is enclosed by the Mt Osmond Golf Club and is 384 metres above sea level. Wildlife found within the area include ‘roos, deer, sheep, and I saw a couple of Black Cockatoos once. It is accessible by bicycle via 4 main routes, detailed below (5 if you count going via Waterfall Gully Road, though being a bit out of my way, I’ve never gone up that particular route). Despite undeniably being uphill, geographically speaking, it remains an unintimidating ride, what with it being only 11-odd kilometres from the city and not at all too high. One needn’t be put off by the thought of having the ‘wrong bike’ for the ride either. A super-lightweight race-rocket or vials of hyper-oxygenated blood are not required here. A man stronger and more handsome than me has done the Hayward Drive climb on a single-speed cyclocross bike, and there’s a fixed.org.au sticker on a fence at the top which is evidence enough for me that it has been climbed on a fixie. Point being that you and your Tokyo Bike will have a whale of a time getting up there. As such, Mt Osmond makes for a great location for one to get acquainted with some casual mountaineering, particularly of the kind that takes you off the beaten path a bit.
These are four of my most frequently travelled ways of summiting Mt Osmond. They all come out at the same place – a finger of clear land north-west of the summit with commanding views of the city and Gulf St Vincent.
Perhaps the most obvious way to the summit (or as close as you can get to the summit without crashing the golf club) is straight up the guts via Hayward Drive. It may also work out to be the shortest way, at only a couple of kms from Sunnyside Road. It is a bit steep however – with an average gradient of 9.8% and occasionally kicking up to at least 12%, if that means anything to you (It really shouldn’t unless you’re an engineer). That said, it can be a very enjoyable ride, if nothing else as a demonstration of how much elevation one can gain in a short distance, and the sense of achievement one justifiably feels afterwards. There is a strip of singletrack that runs next to the road proper and comes out at the top of the climb. However, for the most part the trail is pretty narrow, rather rocky, and slick if it’s at all damp - better suited for walking, unless you want a slightly sketchy challenge (the best kind).
Via Bike Path.
A moderately easier alternative to Hayward Drive is to ride part-way of the bike path that runs alongside the freeway and joins up with Mt Osmond Road at the first bridge. There is another short, punchy climb here, however it isn’t as steep as Hayward Drive and you’re rewarded with some heaps nice rolling terrain and heaps nicer views at the top. There is also some singletrack that serves as a de facto footpath along the top (infrequently trafficked) that is a fun ride itself. One thing to bear in mind is that isn’t as much of a shoulder on the climb up Mt Osmond Road, and at certain times seems busier than Hayward Drive, so you would be more exposed if you have to hike-a-bike.
Old Bullock Track
Were you to continue up the bike path from the turnoff to Mt Osmond Road, past the cattery and up to Eagle on the Hill Hotel (remember that?), you would meet the trailhead of Old Bullock Track. Primarily a 4WD path for the Forestry Department (or some such. Never seen a car up there though), it provides the unique option of descending onto Mt Osmond. It consists of surprisingly frequently graded gravel roads and none-too-technical hardpack, and can also be a fun spot to catch some of the aforementioned wildlife. There are a couple of gates across the track but don’t worry, you’re allowed to go that way and they have stiles to climb through. It is a moderate downhill run but is well sighted and pretty wide. I’d say make sure your brakes work, but you’re already periodically checking them anyway, aren’t you. Don’t go too hard on your brakes on the gravel and you’ll kick arse. The last part of the track takes you behind the golf club. Always remember to shout ‘fore’ as you go past – they love it.
Pioneer Women’s Trail
Saving the best till last (atmo), PWT is a gently undulating ribbon of #SexySexySingletrack, and some of the best off-road riding (up or down) on the CBD side of the hills. It’s signposted as a walking trail, but is frequented by enough cyclists that it might as well not matter. I’ve never seen anybody actually police that sort of thing (does anybody do that?), so don’t worry too much about it, be courteous to other trail users and you’ll be fine. It gently eases in gradient as you ride up, and is plenty wide enough to hike-a-bike if you feel like it. There is even a bench halfway up. How’s that for infrastructure! Getting to the trailhead is easy too – ride up Dashwood Road heading towards the intersection with Glynburn Road. About halfway up is a small park called Brock Reserve – it’s in there. There’s a bridge too, which is cool. As a descent, it’s still very rideable on a wide variety of bikes, and is in stiff competition with Hayward drive for the most fun ride down while you’re curating a neat 3 beer buzz.
Cycling up hills is hardly the herculean feat many make it out to be - I manage to make it up Mt Osmond which should be proof enough that anyone can do it. It’s close to town, but still undeveloped enough to provide a real change of scene. It’s also one of the closest places to grab some proper #TreadlyAdventureClub vibes, even in the cooler months. In short, it’s one of the things that makes Adelaide a pretty great place to ride bikes, or just be outside in general. The couch is not your friend, and humans aren’t typically water soluble, so why not head outdoors, jump on your bike and go somewhere interesting.
About the author.
Henry Veitch is a slightly overweight self-described “bicycle derelict”, and he’s curious why everyone seems to be getting around on 3-speed conversions all of a sudden.
Photos by Henry Veitch and Tannon Kew.