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December 7, 2006

Commuting specialists

Filed under: commuting, lights, New products — schmadzie @ 12:26 pm

We at Cheeky Transport are trying to be a shop for Commuting, Touring, Folding and Singlespeed specialists. So I thought I should showcase some of the cool stuff we have in these areas.

These are cool new Helmets from Netti – the Transit! Kind of like those skatie helmets, but with more vents and nicer pads and straps. ie more comfortable, especially in Summer. Also available with a visor, but I reckon they look cooler without. $50. What an absolute bargain.


We have just started stocking Vaude panniers (more on these in a touring post). One of their excellent products is this briefcase/laptop bag that attatches (maybe it’s an attache case, heh, heh) to your rear rack. The rack attatchments zip away so they don’t scrape you when you are carrying it by the shoulder strap. The Cambridge is $100 and a few customers have said they are awesome.cimg1066.JPGcimg1065.JPGcimg1064.JPG

Comfy handlebar grips. It amazes me that people use narrow hard grips. Why would you when you can have nice soft comfy ones? My favourites are the new ones with a bit of a flat section out the back. We have them from $20 by BBB, Dufva and the original Ergons that bolt on.


Puncture proof tyres! Well as near to as possible, the Schwalbe Marathon Plus come in all sizes and have a gel layer, which has proved to be bloody fantastic for not getting punctures. And they have a highly effective reflective sidewall. $60 a tyre.


It is so annoying when you fit a rack to your bike, instantly making it more useful, but then can’t fit your rear light to it. We have found a great little light/reflector that actually mounts to the rear of your rack (nice and solid) so people can see you from behind even when you have stuff on your rack. $25 including the rack bracket.cimg1074.JPG

Lots of people get their bikes stolen, or are afraid to ride a nice bike around because they think it might get stolen. But all you need to do is to get a decent lock. Steer clear of those cable locks. Get a d-lock of appropriate quality. Team it up with some wheel and seatpost locks ($35-$110) and you won’t get your bike nicked. Make sure you lock it to some immovable object. These Kryptonite Evo lock fit in your back pocket.cimg1071.JPG



Big money, yep , but so convenient and environmentally friendly. The Schmidt dynamo hub generates power to run the Band M LED front light, which pumps out the light. It even has a sensor, so it turns itself on when you go thru tunnels etc. No, you can’t feel it when you are riding. About $500.  MOre info at our online catalogue


Highrise handlebars. Cheap ($20), makes riding around town a whole lot more pleasant. You can see easier. People can see you, your hands don’t hurt as much, and there’s less stress on your back. Like they do in Amsterdam!




  1. Good to see Cheeky is embracing the new Industrial Relations laws allowing the use of child (slave) labour – assume Sol has signed an individual workplace agreement. But no more pics of John’s butt please – Family Values and all that stuff…

    Comment by Goatbota — December 7, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  2. Ha ha

    Comment by schmadzie — December 7, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

  3. Hi guys,
    Great to see you aiming at commuters. If i drop in my bike friday arvo after work, could i pick it up by saturday arvo?

    Comment by John — December 7, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  4. sure. As long as we don’t have to do anything to it.

    Comment by schmadzie — December 7, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

  5. I want all that stuff for Christmas, if only I’d been a good boy…

    Comment by Jake — December 7, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  6. Just want to second the recs for Schmidt Dynohub and Schwalbe Marathon tyres. Wifey and I have ridden Schmidt dynohubs a few thousand Km over last three years, and you really can’t tell you have it on. Amy often leaves it on by accident! Not like that old fashioned “Shall I be visible up this hill, or change up a gear” problem. Ridiculously expensive, and makes you even more worried about wheel theft than you already are, but GREAT.
    Schwalbe Marathon tyres definitely good for 7,000 Km, and thats with 18kg of luggage, continuously. Plus, when they did finally wear through, they very respectably got thinner and thinner, rather than suddenly splitting and leaving us on the roadside…
    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Bobrail — December 9, 2006 @ 9:42 am

  7. Thanks for the Kryptonite recommendation; we appreciate it! Glad you like our Mini.

    The photo of the child with the tires is priceless!!!

    Happy Holidays

    Comment by Donna Tocci — December 12, 2006 @ 5:26 am

  8. Just a quick question re Vaude panniers: how rain-proof are they?

    I already have a laptop backpack, but am considering getting something with a little more rain-proofing for those drizzly Sydney days…

    Comment by iwantphuong — December 13, 2006 @ 9:04 am

  9. An excellent question Phuong. I would classify them as “moderately” waterproof. They have a lot of fabric to get thru and a raincover. Vaude also make a 100% waterproof bar like the Ortliebs (similar price too). Sorta depends how long you’ll be in the rain for I reckon.

    Comment by schmadzie — December 13, 2006 @ 9:28 am

  10. On waterproofing – I’d suggest you get a waterproof stuff sac for your laptop to be safe anywhere – you can get caught in the rain off your bike as well. There is a huge range of them available in outdoor shops (pretty much all the ones in Kent St CBD have them). About $20 versus $1000’s for laptop …

    Comment by Goatbota — December 13, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

  11. i’ve used the vaude roadmasters for a few months, and as Adam said, they’re moderately waterproof. If you use the rain cover, they’re fine in moderate rain. I put my laptop in it, and i’ve had no problems so far. in pouring rain, i reckon they’d take in water over time, since the raincover isn’t impenetrable. but i haven’t had the chance to test that theory ;). i’ve ridden in moderate rain for about an hour with the raincovers, and no water got inside, but some did drip past the raincover, making the outer fabric damp, not sure how much longer till it would have gone all the way through.

    Comment by Daniel — December 13, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

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