Christmas Trading Hours.

Spokes NT will be closing for the week between Christmas and New Year.

22 December (Monday) – Closed, as per usual on Mondays.

24 December (Christmas Eve) – Open until 6pm

25 December to 1st January – Closed

2 January (Friday) – Open for usual trading 9am to 6pm.

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We would like to wish all of our customers a merry and safe Christmas and Wonderful new year.

Get on a bike and ride for the love of it!

Early Closing Time

This Wednesday (8th), Thursday (9th) and Friday (10th) October.

Spokes NT will be closing at 5pm.

World Travellers

Markus and Heidi dropped in this week having completed 22,000 km through Europe and Asia, on their way to Cairns.

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We helped them set up their Rolhoff Hubs for the next leg this epic adventure.

Kinda puts the everyday concept of a long ride into perspective.

If you’d like to see more information about their adventure, check out their blog at www.2roadrunners-on-tour.at  or their facebook page. (you might need Google Translate).

Congratulations on your lifestyle choice, we’re all envious here.

Easter/ANZAC opening hours

Spokes NT would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.
We will be closed over the Easter break to spend time with our families.

18 April – Good Friday.  CLOSED19 April – Easter Saturday.  CLOSED
20 April- Easter Sunday. CLOSED
21 April – Easter Monday.  CLOSED

22,23,24 April.  OPEN

25 April – ANZAC Day.  Closed.  Carn the Pies!

Normal trading will resume after ANZAC day.

We wish you a safe and wonderful Easter, spend time with family and friends.  Clock up some time on your bike, and if you’re travelling, be safe.

Pine Forest Cleanup

Thanks to Mel and the rest of the volunteers (including DORC and the Wednesday Hash crew) for the cleanup of the Pine Forest on Clean-up Australia Day.  It’s much more pleasant to ride with all of that junk gone.

Clean your chain, lubricate your chain

The most important single piece of bike maintenance you can do is to clean and oil your chain and/or drivetrain. It’s easily done at home, with minimal tools and helps prolong the life of your drivetrain (chain & gears) and help you get the most out of your bike.

A dirty or rusty chain will wear out the drivetrain in much less time, leaving you with expensive service and repair bills.

When your chain gets dirty, the dirt mixes with the oil to form a grinding paste, accelerating the wear of the chain and gears. Of course, the gears that will wear first are your favourites, the ones you use all of the time.

If you ride in the rain, you’re more likely to pick up dirt and muck, so it’s especially important in the wet season.

Three simple steps

It’s easy to keep your chain clean and lubricated.  Once you’re setup up with a space and the right cleaners and lubricants, it can become a simple part of your ride preparation, along with checking tyre pressures and putting your gear on.

  1. Clean your chain.  There’s no point in adding oil to a dirty or rusty chain.
  2. Oil your chain.  Turn the pedals backwards and drizzle a liberal coating of lubricant along the length of the chain.
  3. Wipe off the excess oil.  Run the chain through a clean rag to wipe off any excess.  Only the thinnest coating on the inside of the chain mechanism is needed.   Wiping off the excess helps reduce any dirt pickup.

 Cleaning your chain

As a minimum, use soapy water and a scrubbing brush (it’s okay, I guess), or you can use a degreaser, preferably a biodegradable cleaner.

Types of Chain Lube

There’s three types of Chain Lubricant.

  1. General purpose. The all-rounder of the lubricants. This will do fine for the majority of riders.
  2. Dry lubricant. A non-oily, wax based lubricant, this is best for use in dry conditions. It’s not so sticky so it doesn’t pick up dust and loose particles. This makes it a good dry-season lubricant for dusty trail rides. The downside is that it washes straight off in water, so if you do get it wet, you need to replace it straight away. It also wears of a bit quicker than oil.  For longer rides, it may pay to carry a small bottle of dry lube with you
  3. Wet Lubricant. Lubricant for wet conditions. This is usually a heavier oil, designed to be used in wet conditions. The heavier oil will not wash off as easily in wet conditions. The downside of wet lubricant is that it tends to pick up more dirt and dust, and is a little harder to clean.

Don’t use WD-40 or similar products.

Whilst these products contain oil, it’s an extremely light weight oil.  It has the effect of cleaning off any residual lubricant on your chain and then evaporating away.  It can be worse than not using anything.

Want more info?

Come in to the shop and have a chat with the friendly guys.  We’ll show you the best way to keep your bike going well.

Sill want more info?

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Unravelling SMIDSY

“Sorry Mate, I didn’t see you.”

We all know someone with a story, if we don’t have one of our own.  This seems relevant today following an incident in the city where a cyclist was knocked down by a driver that didn’t see them.

This is an interesting read, from a RAF pilot and crash investigator.  Perhaps a new perspective on an ongoing problem?

What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road

Howard Springs Pine Forest – Rezoning Plans

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is seeking public comment on development plans for the Darwin Rural area, including the Howard Springs Pine forest, and the mountain bike trails within.   Darwin Off-Road Cyclists have prepared a response to this plan and a petition for riders to register their support for keeping this important recreation venue.

It is important for as many riders as possible to register their support for this great riding venue.

Read a copy of the response.

Sign the e-petition

If you don’t wish to register online, come in to the shop, we have a paper copy of the petition.

City of Darwin Bike Plan

City of Darwin is developing a Darwin Bike Plan to be an integral part of Council’s strategy for catering for cyclists now and into the future.

The objective of the plan is to establish a comprehensive approach to the development of a quality route network, supported by a range of initiatives and prioritised works which match City of Darwin’s ambitions and budget, to facilitate and encourage cycling in Darwin.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in the planning for the future lifestyle and recreation facilities for cycling.

The initial stage is a survey.  Take the survey and get involve in the cycling future now.

NB.  At the time of writing, the survey is down, we’ve sent a note to City of Darwin to have it opened until advertised closing date.

The survey is up and running now.

Choosing the correct saddle

One of the biggest-selling accessories we have at Spokes NT is saddles.

Choosing the right saddle is important to feeling comfortable on the bike and getting enjoyment out of your ride.

How do you choose the right saddle for you?  Strangely enough, simply choosing the largest and most plush saddle may not be the answer you’re looking for.

This article may shed some light on choosing the correct saddle.