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Soma custom bike builds

Abby's Soma Wolverine build

What drew you to build this bike up, with the parts you’ve used?

I’ve always wanted a Soma bike and after getting the fork originally for a different build I decided to also build the frame up. Originally, I build it up with the group set from my old commuter bike, a 1x GRX Di2 setup. But soon after using the bike a bunch more, especially loaded up as a bike packing setup I decided to go down the 12 speed MTB setup. The wheels were custom built as I wanted to have my own set of custom wheels. I also have a 27.5” wheelset for it, but sadly due to stock shortages no cassette for it.

 

Was there a particular intention for this custom build?

I wanted to build a super versatile bike that could be used for both commuting and bikepacking.

 

Having built it up, is there anything further you wish to change or experiment with?

For now, I’m loving it and it’s feeling super perfect, the only thing I’m going to add is a basket to the front rack

 

Any particular rides you’d like to do with the bike, or have already done?

I’m planning out a multi-day bikepacking trip out west of Gisborne ending at my partner Eve’s Mum’s house. I’ve also just had way too much fun riding this thing through mud

Frame
Soma Wolverine V4 Type-A

Fork
Soma Unicrown 15x100mm

Rims
DT Swiss G540 (700c) or DT Swiss EX471 (27.5”)

Hubs
DT Swiss 350

Tires
Vittoria Terreno Dry 700x38c or Vittoria Mezcal 27.5×2.25”/2.1”

Handlebars
Surly Moloko

Headset
Cane Creek 40

Crankset
Shimano XT M8100 (175mm) w/ 36T chainring

Pedals
Shimano PD-M9120

Cassette
Shimano XT M8100 10-51

Derailleur
Shimano SLX M7100

Brakes
Shimano M8100 Brakes

Shifter(s)
Shimano XT M8100

Saddle
Brook B17 Honey

Seatpost
Thomson Elite Offset 27.2mm

Stem
Thomson X4 90mm

Frame bags
Ortlieb Framebag RC

Rear bags
Ortlieb Seatpack Medium

Accessory bags
Ortlieb Gravel panniers, Ortlieb Fork Pack Plus Large,

Other accessories
Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt, Tubus Logo Evo Rear rack, Soma Lucas 3 Front Rack

Evie's Soma Grand Randonneur build

What drew you to build this bike up, with the parts you’ve used?

Before this my only bike was a classic Peugeot road bike, and I wanted a more versatile bike which could handle gravel trails and the road, and carry a decent load to be able to commute. 

 

Abby suggested the Soma Grand Randonneur, which I liked, and we chose the rest of the parts to complement that frame.

 

Was there a particular intention for this custom build?

I really wanted a do-everything bike. A big emphasis was just comfort – I’ve never really owned a bike that fit properly before so it’s a very nice change.

 

Having built it up, is there anything further you wish to change or experiment with?

The combination of drop bars and front rack means finding an appropriate basket or bag is going to be an interesting challenge. 

 

Next year I’m going to be studying Product Design so if the opportunity comes up I’m sure the bike will end up as a bit of a test-bed for parts of my own design.

 

Any particular rides you’d like to do with the bike, or have already done?

I rode to and from work at Green Street! Getting home was a challenge – almost entirely uphill up Mount Alexander Road, but I managed it. 

 

I’m also looking forward to doing the Maribyrnong River Trail on an appropriate bike. 

Frame
Soma Grand Randonneur

Rims
Mach1 Maxx 650bx25

Hubs
Novatec 6 bolt Front, Bear Pawl 6 Bolt Rear

Tires Panaracer Gravelking SK 650x48b

Handlebars
Deda Piega 400mm

Headset
Tange Falcon 1” Threaded Headset

Crankset
Shimano Deore M6100 (170mm) w/ 32T chainring

Pedals
Ryfe Ghostrider

Cassette
Shimano Deore M5100 11-51t

Derailleur
Shimano Deore M5100

Brakes
Shimano M8100 Calipers

Shifter(s)
Shimano GRX 810 Brifters

Saddle
Specialized Power Comp

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Good Cycles helps launch ‘The Purpose Precinct’ at Queen Vic Market: A new home for 20+ local social enterprises

Good Cycles is proud to partner with the Queen Victoria Market and STREAT to help create 'The Purpose Precinct' – a showcase of Victorian social enterprise products and services located in the Market’s String Bean Alley.

With the backing of the Victorian Government and Social Enterprise Network of Victoria, The Purpose Precinct brings together a range of unique products and services from over 20 Victorian social enterprises such as Clothing the Gaps and HoMie, with many more to come.

Alongside a select range of Good Cycles’ bicycle products, is a curated and rotating range of goods all made, designed and/or recycled from sustainably and ethically sourced materials; including homewares, preserves and other non-perishable food, home-growing supplies, clothing and accessories. Good Cycles will also offer bicycle servicing in the near future.

Queen Victoria Market CEO Stan Liacos says the Market is proud to partner with Good Cycles and STREAT, which sits well with the Market’s history and future plans.

“Throughout its 140-year history, Queen Victoria Market has provided access to essential fresh food, goods and services to Melburnians, as well as being an important part of the city’s social fabric. The Purpose Precinct brings a unique mix of quality products and services, helping to achieve our goal to diversify the Market’s offerings to appeal to Melburnians and contribute to positive economic and social outcomes,” he said.

“Throughout its 140-year history, Queen Victoria Market has provided access to essential fresh food, goods and services to Melburnians, as well as being an important part of the city’s social fabric. The Purpose Precinct brings a unique mix of quality products and services, helping to achieve our goal to diversify the Market’s offerings to appeal to Melburnians and contribute to positive economic and social outcomes.”

“We’re excited to call Queen Victoria Market our new home. The Purpose Precinct will create a front door for social enterprises to work together to engage the community and deliver products and services to help people, places and the planet to thrive. Our ambition is to see hundreds of Victorian social enterprises represented in the Precinct over the coming years, all working together not only to create better cities, but also meaningful employment opportunities for Victorians.”

STREAT CEO Rebecca Scott says many of Victoria’s social enterprises create employment opportunities for people who face structural barriers to work.

“The Purpose Precinct will showcase products and services being made in all corners of the state, and we’re excited for people to have a taste of the delicious things the sector has to offer.”

Good Cycles CEO Jaison Hoernel says the team is thrilled to be part of the Market’s diverse and thriving culture.

“We’re excited to call Queen Victoria Market our new home. The Purpose Precinct will create a front door for social enterprises to work together to engage the community and deliver products and services to help people, places and the planet to thrive.

“Our ambition is to see hundreds of Victorian social enterprises represented in the Precinct over the coming years, all working together not only to create better cities, but also meaningful employment opportunities for Victorians.”

 

Social Enterprise and Not for Profit participants of the Precinct include:

 

We would like to show our deepest gratitude to all those people that helped make this happen, in particular The Queen Victoria Market, the Victorian Government, STREAT, SENVic and an extra special mention to Silas and our hard-working Good Cycles staff. It’s an exciting time for social enterprise and we can’t wait to see you down at String Bean Alley to support everyone involved.

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Good Cycles joins the Yarra Trams Community Partnership Program

Good Cycles tram enters the network to encourage a summer of active transport

* Official press release *

Good Cycles is thrilled to participate in the 2022 Yarra Trams Community Partnership Program that provides in-kind tram wraps to six Melbourne-based charities and not-for-profits per year.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise that empowers young people facing barriers to work by offering them employment pathways, Good Cycles’ tram wrap will bring awareness to the benefits of active transport.

The Good Cycles trams’ message of ‘ride with us to a better future’ was selected as a statement that celebrates sustainable transport options, such as riding a bicycle or tram, whilst also speaking to the organisation’s objective to positively impact the lives of young people and the community.

Good Cycles provides young people with training and coaching, on-the-job experience, and professional support. It is Good Cycles’ mission to improve livelihoods, whilst contributing to more sustainable cities.

Since its foundation in 2013, Good Cycles has:

  • Helped more than 750 young people gain the skills and confidence they need to build a successful career and life in Melbourne through on-the-job training and work experience;
  • Increased paid work experience by 200% since 2017;
  • Increased performance development by 12% since 2019;
  • Enabled 70% of program participants to be job-ready;
  • Successfully supported sustained employment in over 80% of work transitions.
  • Through commercial bike shops and other activities such as partnering with commercial bike hire organisations, Good Cycles has a stable financial footing, with 100% of profits reinvested to create jobs and support young people who are moving through the training program.

In addition to bicycle retail and repair centres, Good Cycles provides numerous bike-based services around Melbourne, including car share services, bike share operations, and remedial streetscape repairs.

Since 2018, Yarra Trams has provided in-kind advertising to community organisations under their Community Partnerships Program to promote good work done in the community. The theme for the 2022 program ‘Building a Resilient and Sustainable Melbourne’, with participants supporting Victoria’s natural environment, and working to improve employment security for disadvantaged and at-risk communities.

Good Cycles is proud to be a part of this fantastic community partnership with Yarra Trams. The partnership reinforces our commitment to youth and local communities, and it provides Good Cycles with exposure and reach we would otherwise not have.

Good Cycles is an outstanding organisation, improving the lives of hundreds of Melburnians that are facing significant hurdles to long-term and stable employment, so I encourage all Melburnians to support Good Cycles as they dust off their bikes and think about getting a service as we head into summer. “I’m proud to have Good Cycles as one of our 2022 community partners and can’t wait to see their tram on the network.

Good Cycles would like to give special thanks to Yarra Trams for allowing us to be a part of the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program. A huge thank you too, to Mikayla Cairney of Cairney Designs, for lending her talents to the project, and creating such an impressive, vibrant, and colourful design. The above images have been captured brilliantly by photographer James Morgan.
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JP’s Vietnam bikepacking adventure

Setting out in late August, JP, our Geelong store manager and devout adventure cyclist, ditched the morning chills of Melbourne and set forth, bike bag in tow to Vietnam. With a loose plan in mind, JP is currently exploring the south coast of Vietnam aboard his trusty Norco Search XR steel framed flat-bar bike. 

Traversing gaps between fishing villages and local resorts, the beaches, and countryside between Vung Tao and Nha Trang make for some spectacular scenery. Check out some of the pics of his adventure on our blog. You can also follow his journey’s progress on Strava, where he’s racking up the k’s each day.

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Wear it Purple Day 2022 at Good Cycles

The day itself is all about creating safe, empowering and inclusive environments for LGBTQI+ young people. This is especially important in the workplace, particularly where people may have had negative experiences, or not feel they were able to be themselves for fear of judgment or discrimination.

Kirra (Head of Innovation and Impact) with Jaison (CEO) and Mihai and Ivan from our Operations team
WIPD2022 in full effect!

The events, which also marked the commencement of work on Good Cycles’ Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, were attended by approximately 60 staff and a great time was had by all.

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Khan Churchill

Khan is a Youth Worker and leader who has been working in the youth and community sector for the past 21 years. Khan’s experience includes staff management, program development, and strategic planning across the not-for-profit and government sectors, as well as seasonal teaching in a number of tertiary-level Youth Work courses.

With a strong commitment to professional and ethical practice in youth work, Khan is passionate about human rights, meaningful participation, and inclusive practice.

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Ivan Rangel

Ivan is a world trotter, having lived in four different countries and visited over 30. In his travels, he has been exposed to many cultures and has learned to adapt to our ever-changing global community. 

Ivan has a background in teaching and hospitality, which positions him well in his role of managing and mentoring the City Services team.

Ivan is always on his bike; whether it’s commuting to the warehouse, adventuring from town to town on gravel, or even just down to the shops on smooth tarmac. Having completed the Mallee Blast in 2021, he is keen to continue participating in future endurance events. Ivan is always ready to explore new roads.plore new roads.

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Darren’s experience with Good Cycles

Right from the get-go, Darren showed a high level of resourcefulness, determination and negotiation; his enthusiasm when performing his various tasks and a natural aptitude for problem solving became a source of motivation for others, “People talk to me and they tell me “How do you solve those problems so quickly?”… Being able to think both inside and outside the box [is key].”

Through his experience at Good Cycles, Darren was able to improve and strengthen his communication and teamwork skills. Darren noted that he “used to avoid teamwork but now I’m comfortable during shifts… Communication and keeping in contact with people so they know what is going on is a big thing.”

Another big thing for Darren was the chance to be given opportunities to build personal and professional connections particularly at Citywide. In fact, one of his professional goals was to move to Citywide into a permanent position there. Darren noted that, when he was able to work at the Citywide-operated Degraves Street Recycling facility during his time at Good Cycles, he was able to make both personal and professional connections:

They assisted me in that they provided a comfortable working space which – for me – is one of the biggest things. The training they provided was sufficient for me [too].

After making use of the skills, networks and experience he gained in working shifts at the Facility, he successfully achieved his goal and moved into a permanent position at Citywide in December 2021.

Quality time with his children and family is particularly important for Darren: Darren was able to “spend more time with my kids and family” through the flexible shift structures at Good Cycles. More significantly, being employed meant being able to afford more secure housing and provide financially for his young family. Through the job security that came with working at Good Cycles, Darren was able to make huge progress in achieving his twin life goals of “a good home for my family” and “kids growing up healthy and happy”.

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Sarah Stevenson

Sarah Stevenson was appointed Good Cycle’s Head of Finance in 2022 after serving as Financial Controller in 2021.

As Head of Finance, Sarah provides strategic leadership for the Social Enterprise and finance functions, as well as the management of its financial and capital resources. Sarah oversees Good Cycles Budget and Financial Planning, Grant funding, and Investments portfolio, Risk and Governance, Information Systems Development and Support, Financial Controls, Procurement, Finance Training and Communications, and Good Cycles Audit Procedures. Within those units lie critical business functions including (but not limited to) payroll, financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable, project accounting, international operations finance, and organisational systems. Sarah is highly collaborative across all functions to support the Social Enterprises’ vision of creating inclusive cities and better livelihoods through sustainable solutions.

Sarah is a member of the Certificated Practicing Accountants (CPA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Sarah brings more than 17 years of experience in financial management, accounting, management accounting, and consultancy at a senior level, across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Good Cycles in 2021, Sarah was the Founding Director of a Successful Accounting Firm that she successfully sold in 2018. Sarah still serves as an Executive Director of Hazelvale Homes Pty Ltd a successful Construction Company. Sarah is passionate about enabling Good Cycles to grow through critically analysing and reporting relevant financial information to key stakeholders. By providing such, Sarah is able to facilitate Good Cycle’s ability to reach its goals through sustainable financial management.