My Winter Commute

June 19, 2009

Just thought that I would share my daily commute with you guys.  Each day I travel on my bicycle from Como, to Claremont, around the river and up stirling highway.

Although not a long commute of only 13km  it is the perfect route to add extra distance due to the cycle paths that are available near where I live.

Here it is in maps and pictures.


My street


Canning Highway


Bridge over freeway to bike track


The Swan River


The Freeway Bicycle Track


Our fair city of Perth


The Narrows Bridge


The Swan Brewery


Boat House on the Swan


Stirling Highway


I really do feel so lucky to live here in perth these pictures are from a winter commute.  Who would live anywhere else.



June 12, 2009

OK so I went ahead and ordered the bike.  I eventually got it from Bikeforce in South Perth, just a few hundred meters from home so really convenient for servicing and other stuff I need.

Why did I buy from Bikeforce?  Well I can tell you now. FIrstly they had the best price of anyone in Perth a$1900 for the stock bike. I also added Schwalbe Marathon plus tires, Topeak rear rack and full front and rear fenders.  Total price all up $2160.

Taking price aside for a moment as well.  I had the pleasure of dealing with Mick down at the store, a tourer himself.  He really understood what I was looking for, offered advice on possible uprades and changes to the bike that might benefit me not just now but in years to come.  This was all done without the “sales type” pressure I encountered in other places.

He also explained to me the level of service they offer throughout the life of the bicycle as well.  Not just the usual degreasing etc but things specific to the type of cycling and bicycle that you purchase.  So for example how to change a spoke etc.  When fitting racks not using the standard bolts that come included but using top quality after market bolts all included in the setup process.

I walked away feeling very confident that I had made the right purchase decision dealing with Mick and the right choice in getting the Surly LHT.

Pictures and first ride report to come over the next week or so when it arrives in store.