the best customers

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff, People, Rants on March 7th, 2006 by schmadzie | 2 Comments

i am not so down with blogs being purely a marketing exercise for businesses. i figure it is a forum for people to express stuff they like and dislike about things posted and the shop. Also, for us to inform you of cool stuff we have in the shop and let you know what we are up to.

I was talking to Adam the other day about just how damn cool our customers were and how much i loved my job. Having visited quite a few shops in portland and some in japan all the shops that appealed to me were similar to cheeky monkey transport.

Portland had four or five co-ops (owner operated, non-profit) which was cool, veloshop was a sweet shop in the middle of downtown with heaps of cool track stuff with a nice open workshop. River city cycles was completely the opposite, they had carbon/bamboo calfee bikes, seven plus pretty much every major brand. A real flash shop but didn't really do it for me. ALthough they had full wooden fenders which looked great.

Anyway, we have a real diverse range of customers down here and damn you make it a great place to work. It might be sappy and i might sound like a moron but i don't care, i appreciate having such a sweet job.

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saturday iregular part 1`

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff, Rants on March 4th, 2006 by schmadzie | No Comments

it might be nice to get back into the habit of a saturday morning blog entry. i am yet to retrieve my pictures from my trip overseas but i have been itching to write about it.

i journeyed to the state of oregon on the west coast of the states to a bike school that taught bicycle frame building. i did a brazing course and a couple of days of tig welding. the main teacher ron was sweet, there seems to be so much nonsense and hyperbole surrounding framebuilding but he just cut through it so i ended up feeling much more confident in some basics of frame material and design.

so the course stuff might be a bit boring for some of you. the time i spent after the course in portland and tokyo was great. portland has a fantastic network of cycle paths lobbied for hard by the bta. I stayed with Edwin who was a friend of a friend just above town in a place called multnomah. We spent a couple of days riding around portland checking out bikeshops and using the incredible, bike friendly, public transport system. Got lots of cool zines from reading frenzy there is an especially good one called resist which anyone can check out at the shop. north portland bikeworks also had some cool zines and they were wonderful in allowing me to send my frame there rather than paying US$84 to take on my flight to portland.

it is a little freaky to experience a little slice of america and realise that there are so many other slices out there, i guess that is no different to anywhere else but there are so many damn people there. the slice of edwin's life in portland i experienced i saw was mostly but not only young people trying to create a sense of community for themselves. most of the people doing the frame building course and some of the mechanic students were appalled at what their country was and how it was perceived around the world.

there was an abundance of vegetarians which was cool, there was a sweet wrap joint in ashland and an italian restaurant which had some mad vegan delights, this chickpea salad with eggplant, raisins warm crunchy bread, oh yeah. and! they had a vegan pizza which kicked ass, i couldn't even eat all of it at once and i am loath to leave food on the table.

portland had this place called voodoo donuts which had vegan donuts but they sucked. there was super cheap and delicious mexican in north portland which was sorely after riding around all day.

there were the coolest load carrying bikes i have seen in the flesh ridden by a couple of couriers, they were made by the Centre for Appropriate Transport . Hydraulic disc brake load carriers with a generous amount of space to carry your load.

i didn't make it to any builders in portland which was a bummer but i was a little worn out of bikes and it was nice just to hang out.

enjoy your weekend.

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link agro

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff, Rants on January 28th, 2006 by schmadzie | 1 Comment

what is wrong with the richard sachs link? or the columbia hotel link for that matter. i just finished my fork with newvex fork crown this afternoon, the only student to build a fork i might add. the bike looks sick, still needs a lot of finishing but that will have to wait.

i have two days of tig welding now but i am just about spent from building the frame and fork. tig welding is so tiring because i suck at it and so i have to concentrate so hard it wears me down. should be cool to get some practice though.

looking forward to checking portland out. i thought maybe i could check co-motion up in eugene. if anybody has any tips for places to check out in and around portland that would be sweet. at the moment i have to track down some vegan pancakes recommended by jos and suss out some bike shops.

any comments are welcome and when i post a link i will try to improve on my current standard.



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columbia hotel

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff on January 22nd, 2006 by schmadzie | 3 Comments

So when i arrived in ashland i was a day early and after traveling for 35 hours i just needed to find somewhere quickly. i found this sweet hotel which had this 1940s era design which had been maintained, no televisions, a huge bath, a sink in your room and a sweet double bed.
so i crashed there for a night and then made my way slowly (the columbia had this mad lounge room with plush couches and papers and magazines to read) to the smelly hostel for the framebuilding course.
i do have pictures just got to work out how to load them. it snowed yesterday but is clear today and there are some hotsprings which are meant to be sweet.
as far as the course goes it has been pretty fast, we just started straight into brazing practice on different joints. head tube top tube lugged and fillet, chainstays rear dropouts brass brazed.

i have designed a a singlespeed, commuter bike with fender clearance, hopefully i have time to make a fork because the newvex fork crown is especially sweet. the main instructor is great, there is so much framebuilding myth just because people choose a method for whatever reason and over time decide that is the best and only way to do it.

the design stuff was great as he had a range of measurements and angles that gave repeatable characteristics to the ride of a bike. the people in ashland are cool, there are two cool co-ops; a music and organic food co-op.

lots of hippies, apparently lots of californians come here as well. the people doing the course are pretty cool, different backgrounds but all learnign a great deal in a very short time.

i've got class for seven days from 8-5 and then a hopefully will have a frame and fork and have some good tig welding practice on bicycle tubing.

taking orders for the first batch of bobo bikes now! just kidding, i think i'll build a few for myself make sure they stay together under abuse and then look at soem sensible models to offer.
thanks for reading, pretty boring bike nerd stuff but that is where i am at at the moment.

happy riding and thanks for reading

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ashland oregon

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, Commuting, General Stuff, Singlespeed on January 20th, 2006 by schmadzie | 1 Comment

well i'm here learning how to build frames in the united states of america. i have had a sweet time so far, learnt heaps and will hopefully have a beautiful lugged singlespeed commuter by the end of next week. i shouldn't pre-empt my failure to complete my frame but i have to let some of you know i got my hands on some richard sachs newvex lugs for this bike so am very excited.

i have some great photos and adam will probably delete this post as it lacks hyperlinks and/pictures. they are coming! my technologically challenged brain couldn't upload them succesfully.

hope you are all well and will post again soon.

thanks for reading


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davy’s framebuilding adventure

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff on January 11th, 2006 by schmadzie | No Comments

apologies for adam's appalling sense of humour. the holiday was great, will provide more information when time permits.

i'm off to oregon in the states to ubi to do a framebuilding course, check portland out and spend a few days in tokyo. i will try and keep the site posted with updates and pictures.

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bo bike

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff, New products on November 20th, 2005 by schmadzie | 4 Comments

i got to try another child carrier out this weekend and it was by far the best. It is called Bo-Bike and mounts around the outside of the steerer tube on a threadless headset and the quill on a threaded headset. So Sol got to ride up front in his baby banz(they are ray banz for kids for those none the wiser, his grandma bought them, he chose red) and bee themed helmet on a ride through centennial park, down to bronte around to bondi and home again.
Having the child seat in front but up high does not affect the steering all that much, Sol's body does keep on moving a little bit after i have turned the handlebars but he seemed to like headbutting my arms. There is something a little bit more fun about the bo bike over a trailer or rear mounteed childseat, it doesn't have the extra storage of a trailer which is gold when shopping but when you just want to for a ride they are easy to mount, easy to take and simple to strap a child into. You don't have to turn around to check on them, they can ring the bell to let pedestrians know we are coming and they can yelp with you in delight when you fly down a hill as they can see everything that you can.

The framebuilding is slowly progressing, at tafe i have taken in some off-cuts that i mitred to practice tig welding thin-wall steel. I was seriously worried that this would turn me off framebuilding as i realised i sucked at welding and didn't have the patience. Fortunately, my teacher guided my through my amperage setting, i had it way to high, told me where to hlod the torch as i had the arc way too far away from the metal and was cooking the steel. He gave me a demo and put me to shame but i had an idea then of what to do.
The frame i am building is coming along, filing, filing and more filing, the romantic images of me as an artisan framebuilder have been eradicated and i now realise it is just more work with my hands. I think i am motivated enough to get my hand skills where i want them, it will probably take quite a few years.

I have been thinking about what models i would like to make in the next two to three years as i learn how to build frames. I think a women's low step though sleek looking internal hub bike would be sweet as well as a roadster style bike with internal hub, 3 or 5 five speed, rear rack, front basket, mudguards, hub dynamo light set up. A durable, well designed commuter that is unique and handbuilt. I people have ideas for bikes for transport that they would like to see in production let me know, i don't mean to steal your ideas, this framebuilding is very much in its infancy but so i have an idea of what people want that would be cool.


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Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff, Rants, Singlespeed, Surly on October 14th, 2005 by schmadzie | 2 Comments

I've been laggin keeping up with the blogging. It was a crazy time when Adam was in America, bike builds, repairs and talking with customers, luckily i had Paddy to help out for a week and a half.
He loves talking to all the oddbods who wander into the shop which can amke for very interesting background conversation. Paddy came secong in the Mont 24hour solo singlespeed category on a lovely pink surly 1 x 1 with some manitou forks. Well Done! Next time hopefully he will take his own advice and pace himself and ride an easier gear.
The framebuilding adventure is well and truly taking off as i am under the tutelage (spelling?) of john bosevski one day a week bulding first myself a bike and then hopefully nutting out some models that i can provide at a reaonable and sustainable price.
I have chosen bobo bikes as my brand name as i used to be called dj bobo at highschool, does anyone remember that hit song, film clip is on a ship, i can't even remember how it goes but absolutely trashy.
I have to come up with a design as i want to have a headbadge if i can afford them, well i need a design regardless of the headbadge situation.
We will shortly have some pictures of the surly pugsley which we tested down at the mont. I think the hottest bike was a singlespeed curtis, ridden (briefly) by adam (ugly) former sydney courier now air traffic controller in melbourne. Hope 4 pot mono's with black levers, profile cranks and bottom bracket, spot hubs, just a damn nice bike really. There was a hot pink yeti that was being ridden by a dude with long socks that looked pretty cool, the paint jobs on those yeti's have a good lustre about them.
Better get back to work, Adam has gone away for another long weekend, a whale festival or soemthing or other.

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old stuff

The 10th anniversary critical mass ride went off. Moz should have photos available soon. A great turn out, maybe more than 150 cyclists paraded around the city streets before making our way to newtown to celebrate. The fam (paula and sol) accompanied adam, tiff, jo, jos and emma (riding solo on a tandem: bad boyfriend adrian).

We did not stay to party, the bubby had to get to bed. We did see a great tandem with a babyseat which was ridden very skillfully by a couple who looked like they were enjoying themselves. I hope to make critical mass a regular family/friend activity.

Race for Jase July 31 Penrose

was a huge success.$5000 raised for the cancer council, 95 riders on a sweet trail. Nice speech by Stevo to remember Jase by.

Photos are here


Davy's framebuiding adventure.

I have just begun my journey to framebuilding fame and am learning Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW or TIG) at tafe. I had wanted to learn ox-acetylene but it is no longer offered. I wanted to get some experience with welding and brazing before i shelled out more silly amounts to do the UBI lugged framebuilding course.

It is pretty cool to be learning how bicycle frames are put together, reading descriptions on the internet can not provide the practical experience of the assembling equipment, striking the arc and heating the metal. Welding Student

 So, this week we actually did some welding. Pretty scary first up to be handling a 6000 degree arc dabbing your filler rod uncoordinatedly into the edge of the molten pool trying to avoid the tungsten tip lest you contaminate it. People who are good at this must have very steady hands. We also did some oxy-acetylene welding on Monday night which was fun. Basic stuff but it is all complicated to me so takes a while to get the hang of heating the base metal enough, applying flux to your filler rod, tapping filler rod onto metal and then heating up the metal so the filler flows all the way through between the two plates.


I am intending to focus on City bikes, Holland style bikes, and touring bikes whatever else i have the ability to create will be a bonus. I think custom framebuilding has largely been priced out of contention in the consumer's consideration of a new bike. I am refusing to believe that quality cannot be offered at a reasonable price. Maybe i will eat my words when i realise the cost of setting up a workshop, insurance and the return on hours worked doesn't stand up. However, i feel like i have to find out. Offering quality products to enable cycling as transport to a broad range of people appeals as a job description to me.


We have just received some new shimano dynamo hubs, (lighter and more efficient) well priced at $150 (hub only) and the schmidt's are going strong for the ultimate dynamo solution.

The new B and M LED supravision light from lumotec was recently installed and tested and absolutely blew the oval plus i had been using out of the water. This light is incredibly bright, when angled correctly it gave me a broad light with a great beam directly in front. They are pricey and at the moment require a bit of modification to use with dual pivot brakes but i was very impressed. They reach maximum brightness somewhere around 5km/h which is great when climbing. It is on my commuting bike so you can check it out at the shop.

Cool new items in stock: Nitto bars (moustache, track and touring)

Calendar of cool events is UPDATED

Cool folding bike display care of paddy

Fuji touring with deore cranks and euro trekking bars

We've got some mad surly's in stock: steamroller, long haul trucker and 29er frame and fork the karate monkey.


We are also fully equipped for fork and rear shock servicing.

We can also service shocks.

Marzocchi and Manitou will be soon to follow.

How cool is this event ?

You can  now buy folding bikes and accesories online !!!

click here to go to our new site

 Got a new shipment of Dahon folding bikes recently

including my new favourite, the Speed 8

8 Speed, nice light frame, big cushy fat tyres, adjustable stem with comfort grips, and only $800.

This is going to be a very popular bike I think.

Also arrived are the new Boardwalk 7, Impulse 7, and Vitesse 7.


and of course, we are the exclusive distributors for 

Cold Springs Rear

Santa Cruz Superlight



Racks for front suspension,

 rear suspensionand roadbikes with no mounts




Our good friend Laszlo has got some great PR in the Sydney Morning Herald today (Tuesday) in the Eco section. Laszlo picks up all our used tyres and makes belts out of them and then sells them back to us.


Dave and I have discovered these great new Ergon grips. Yep, they look Kooky, and yep they are pricey but boy do they feel sweet! There are mens and womens models with or without barends, and they bolt on.

multi-position Regular


On a brighter note, here are some nice bikes we have built recently

has a new updated cool website

The next wave in Lighting has begun !

Just in, is The Light and Motion Vega for $300, with an LED light which can run for up to 8 hours , up to 12 watts equivalent light, with a 2 hour  charge time. The battery is in the light unit and it also has a flashing mode !


Here is a little report from Dave's trip to Colorado's Barnett's Bicycle Institute to become a Certified Advanced Bicycle Technician

Here are a couple of photos of Ben Wilson who kicked ass at the Singlespeed Worlds earlier this year in VIC, beating many faster riders due to his excellence in beer drinking

r.e.load baggage inc.


radio holder celly holder shoulder pad frame pad  

messenger bags, little handbag type bags, pouches, strap pads, tshirts. This stuff is so damn cool. AND WATERPROOF tarp lined like all work bags should be

Courier section updated with some cool links and info on Sydney's successful bid for the Cycle Messenger World Champs in 2006. Before this years worlds there is a messenger stage race from Boston to NY with 3 alleycats, 3 road stages and a timetrial.

 Excellent Cycling proficiency and commuter courses are run by the Sydney Community College


Exciting news! There is a new distributor for BOB trailers, which means that there will be excellent availability, and the prices have dropped dramatically.

They were $850, but the YAK, at a special introductory price is $500 and the Ibex suspension model is $650

I'm gonna get one myself !


and this fantastic  giftcoloring book

It's that time of year when everybody is coming in stocking up, nor for Xmas, but for panniers and racks and touring supplies, making me jealous with their plans.

We have heaps of Ortlieb handlebar bags and panniers


Dave has also been getting into Dynamo lights, and we now stock B and M lights, Schmidt and Shimano Dynamo systems.

And we have heaps of flashers and rechargables.

Imagine having this on your handlebars.

Dennis is back from riding around Australia over a year on beautiful Fuji Touring bike now $1600. British racing green, racked up. Lucky Bastard.

Singlespeeds are ticking along, and there is a fantastic new hub from White Bros called the ENO which allows you to put a single cog or freewheel hub into a normal bike with vertical tips. No chaintensioners ! Awesome. And pretty too.

Check this out for an adventure ( read some of the reports)

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