Over recent monthly online editions of Bicycling Trade, we’ve made an initial announcement about the first annual Australian Bicycle Summit, followed by more details last month about the agenda, locations and other logistical details.
A record breaking 229,779 bicycles were imported into Australia during the month of October 2014. September/October/November are usually the peak months of the year for bicycle imports, as wholesalers bring in stock for the Christmas and summer season. But this is the highest single month total ever imported into Australia. It’s also the first month ever to exceed 200,000 units.
The Catlike Leaf is aimed at the trail and all-mountain market, offering a little more coverage than a typical road helmet. It still packs plenty of vents and the 260g claimed weight (medium) is definitely at the lighter end of the scale for an all-mountain lid.
To accompany the long anticipated launch of electronic gear shifting for mountain biking, Shimano’s sister company Pro has added a range of parts designed to integrate the electronic components. The Tharsis XC Flat Top Di2 handlebar is made from unidirectional carbon and has moulded in holes and grooves that allow you to route the Di2 wires internally from the shift paddles to the stem.
Two key staff from Surly’s global head office in Minnesota, USA recently visited Australia and New Zealand. Bicycling Trade caught up with them for lunch and a chat, just a few hours after they’d landed in Australia. Despite about 30 hours of total travel time, they’d already visited one store and their mood certainly did not match the name of their bicycles.