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Velo Cycles is a friendly, community-oriented bike store located on the Capital City Trail, one of Melbourne’s busiest cycle paths. We sell a wide variety of bikes, parts and accessories, and provide high-quality servicing for any bike, trike or unicycle you may wheel into the store. Click here for information about servicing.
Our philosophy is of everyday bikes for everyday. We focus mainly on commuting, lifestyle, touring and kids bikes, with a modest selection of performance-oriented bikes. We ride our bikes every day. Click here to view our range of bikes.
We pride ourselves on our customer service. Our philosophy is to find the right bike for each rider. It isn’t rocket science; we ask you what you want from your bike, and find a selection of bikes that suit your needs and purposes. We don’t just try and sell you the fastest and most expensive bike, we’ll help you work out the right bike for you.
We’re open extended hours, and 7 days a week.
We strongly believe in the health and environmental benefits of cycling, and we do our best to make cycling accessible and enjoyable to all who walk through our doors, regardless of their age, ability or gender. We sell bikes to everyone from beginners to those planning a cross-continental journey, and we have the products and expertise to get you moving, wherever you want to go.
The building that Velo Cycles now occupies was formerly a Video Ezy (to give you an idea of how the times have changed), before Velo opened its doors in 2009. Since then, the business has played a significant role in keeping the people of the northern suburbs pedalling, as well as supporting local school fetes, cycling groups and community events.
Velo Cycles started a new chapter in 2013 when it opened Velo Electric & Folding, a sister store less than 200 metres down Nicholson Street from our main store. It has since become one of Melbourne’s premier destinations for electric bikes, as well as Australia’s largest Brompton dealer, and the only ‘Premier Store’. The next logical step was to work with Brompton, an so in Dec 2018 we split the store, one half being Velo Electric and the other is now the Southern Hemisphere’s first Brompton flagship store, Brompton Junction Melbourne.
Stu has been a coffee roaster, a travel agent, a kiwi fruit picker, a house painter, a photographer at Sega World in the UK, has worked in a goldmine laboratory, in a milk factory, on an IT help desk, and as a barman at a pub around the corner from MI5 headquarters, to name a few of his former professions.
In February 2016 he bought his considerable worldliness to Velo, as our Stock Control Manager, and has since taken on the role of General Manager. Stu does a lot of our back-room problem solving, but if you’re lucky you might see him on the shop floor; he’s one of the friendliest people you’re likely to meet.
Where are you from originally? Tauranga, New Zealand.
What are you riding at the moment? A 2018 Jamis Renegade Escapade. The one bike to rule them all.
What’s your favourite local ride? Riding out to Petty’s Orchard with my girls to see the kangaroos.
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Commuting and mountain biking.
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? While I was competing in a triathlon, I was looking down while I was riding and ran straight into the back of a parked truck. I had a gash in my chin so big I could stick my tongue through it. It needed 20-something stitches.
Tom volunteered at the CERES Bike Shed for three years before he started at Velo, where he practiced the mechanical skills he learnt from online bike guru Sheldon Brown. Considering that he is largely self-taught, Tom now has a formidable knowledge base and skill set that he brings to his role as workshop manager. Tom is a great fit for Velo because of his meticulous approach to mechanical work and his environmental ethos. He particularly likes steel-framed bicycles because they ride nicely and are better for the environment.
Tom also has vast experience of cycle touring in Victoria, having ridden all the rail trails and over many mountains. Along the way he has sampled many vanilla slices, and after much consideration he reckons that the best ones come from Bourkies Bakehouse in Woodend.
Where are you from originally? Surrey Hills, Melbourne
What are you riding at the moment? A Jamis Renegade Escapade.
What’s your favourite local ride? Yarra Trails/Yarra Boulevard
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Touring/fixing crappy old bikes/rail trails/vanilla slices
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? I’ve never done anything entertaining.
In a past life Ollie probably helped to build your roof. Having worked as a chemical engineer at Bluescope Steel for seven years, he decided that he didn’t want to work at a desk anymore, and has since been assistant manager at Velo. Cycling has been a big part of Ollie’s life for as long as he can remember. In his own words, he ‘lives on a bike,’ and rarely leaves the house without one.
What this means in practice is a hell of a lot of commuting and touring experience, having pedalled from India to Europe in 2017, and many parts of Australia. In his spare time Ollie captains the ultimate Frisbee team ‘Funny Ducks’. “It’s a ton of fun,”he says, “and there’s a great community around it.”
Where are you from originally? Nimbin, NSW
What are you riding at the moment? An orange Soma Wolverine setup for touring, sometimes referred to as the Pumpkin Express. I spent nine months touring on it last year, and it was awesome. You can read more about the build here.
What’s your favourite local ride? Tallarook to Mansfield on the Great Victorian Rail Trail
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Touring, fitting child seats to bikes
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? Just recently I was riding along the Tallarook to Mansfield rail trail at night when a wombat charged out of the bushes and straight into my rear derailleur, which then went into the spokes of my back wheel. Luckily the derailleur was ok and only one spoke was broken, and I was able to continue on.
When she was working as a paralegal, the only time Stef was happy was when she was riding or working on bikes. One day she walked into Velo and got chatting to staff members Jackie and Coralie, who told her she should try to get a job at the shop. On a whim, Stef decided to quit her job, then pestered our general manager Stu for two weeks before he bought her onto the team.
Stef doesn’t own a car, and uses her bike to get around everywhere. She’s also an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys running, rock climbing, surfing, hiking and sailing. When she’s not at Velo you’ll probably find her training for an iron man, or hanging out at a bar somewhere in Brunswick.
Originally from France, Coralie came to Australia because she was told it would be 25 degrees every day and she could surf all the time. Which is rubbish, she says, at least in Melbourne. But she ended up staying because “you guys are so lovely,” and has been in Australia for over five years now. Coralie has been a bike mechanic for eight years, having learnt the trade from a guy called Garo in Brussels, Belgium, where she worked at a second-hand bike store.
She loves working at Velo because the shop meets her vision of what a bike shop should be, and because of the great customers and workmates.
Where are you from originally? Marseille, France
What are you riding at the moment? A steel-framed single speed that I found in the street, or recently an e-MTB. It’s brilliant!
What’s your favourite local ride? The Merri Creek Trail/to the pub
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Fixing vintage bikes, and recently I’ve taken on e-Bikes.
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? None of them are funny!
Jackie is a local to North Carlton, and used to borrow Pokemon videos from the Video Ezy that operated from the building that Velo now occupies. She joined Velo Cycles in November 2016 but has previously worked as a librarian and at a second hand bookshop, as well as an extra on a number of productions including Neighbours, Dr Blake Mysteries, Paper Giants, the INXS biopic, Please Like Me and Winners and Losers.
When she’s not at Velo, she’s studying for a Master of Environment, with a major in conservation and restoration. Jackie has also done some bike touring in Victoria, having cycled the Great Ocean Road, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, the Warby Rail Trail and the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, where she was relentlessly swooped by magpies. “Don’t do that one, it’s just flat for 70km through paddocks with cows.” Seems like sound advice Jackie.
Where are you from originally? North Carlton, Melbourne
What are you riding at the moment? A Mission Bicycle Company single speed built from a random assortment of the most brightly coloured parts possible. Either that, or my Surly Straggler.
What’s your favourite local ride? Hobsons Bay Trail
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Fitting racks to Surly Stragglers, knowledge of Melbourne rides, novelty items (I love a good dinosaur bell), and sourcing colourful bike parts.
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? I was riding behind my friend Sam, who was riding fixed, when his shoelace got caught around the crank arm and he stopped very suddenly. I ran into the back of him and the bridge of my nose hit the back of his saddle and a lot of blood came out very quickly. This guy rushed out of a house to see if I was alright, and said that it looked like my nose was broken, but then his wife came out and said that they have to go straight away so he just left. Thankfully though, my nose wasn’t broken.
Lucas has been in the bike industry for 7 years, first as a salesperson, but he picked up some mechanical skills and moved into the workshop as soon as he could. He joined Velo Cycles in 2015 and has been here ever since, repairing bikes to his own very high standards. He’s so into bikes that he even spends his spare time fixing them.
Lucas is also a handy fixie rider, having placed fourth at the Cycle Messenger World Championships when they were held in Melbourne in 2015.
Where are you from originally? Radelaide – home of the Tour Down Under!
What are you riding at the moment? I ride many bikes, but at the moment I’m mostly riding a customised Brompton S2E-X, an orange Hillbrick Pista or a Cannondale CAAD5. The CAAD5 is a one-by super commuter that currently has a flat handlebar but I’m going to put drops on it soon.
What’s your favourite local ride? The freshly paved St Georges Road bike path. And the Tour De Burbs.
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Track and road bikes.
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? I was riding fixed brakeless in Sydney and coming down a big hill when I lost my foot retention on my pedal, which of course meant that I couldn’t slow down at all. At the bottom of the hill I ran a red light, T-boned a car and front flipped for about 10 metres, landing on the footpath. I had no injuries except for a slight bruise on my bum, and a sore ego.
Brompton Junction Melbourne Sales Assistant
A Carlton North local, Dayna and her partner Stephen regularly gazed in the window of Velo Folding, lovingly admiring the Bromptons. Eventually, the temptation to have one to escort Stephen on his morning jogs.
Fast forward and these two founding members of Melbourne Brompton Club now have a couple of Bromptons each, and are looking for an excuse for me. When we were opening Brompton Junction Melbourne, we never really contemplated it without Dayna coming on board.
Where are you from originally? Brisbane, Qld
What are you riding at the moment? Either a Brompton H3R or H6L. Considering a change in handlebar but that’s a discussion for another day.
What’s your favourite local ride? Early morning to picturesque vistas, prior to work.
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling Bromptons!
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? The ONLY stack I’ve had that is worth repeating is when the view was too good on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. I was paying a little too much attention to the scenery, and not the path ahead. My leg bore the brunt.
Paul has been at Velo Cycles for about four years, where he has grown rather fond of Brompton folding bikes. Paul regularly tours with his band Mining Boom, and his Brompton allows him to get around easily in the towns and cities he visits. Originally from Scarborough, Perth, Paul has lived in Melbourne for 6 years. He has a degree in acoustics, and runs Silk Road Studio in Brunswick East.
Where are you from originally? Scarborough, Perth
What are you riding at the moment? An orange Brompton H6L
What’s your favourite local ride? The Merri Creek Trail. It’s the main artery that connects most of the places I need to get to, and it’s quite scenic for inner-city Melbourne.
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Commuting, folding bikes and travel.
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? I was riding down Blythe Street once when the front wheel of my Brompton got caught in a dustpan (as in dustpan and brush) that was lying on the road. It slid out, and I ended up sliding across the road for a good 10 metres or so. One of my pedals got ground about half way down. Had to replace that. Honorary mention: the front wheel of my single speed got caught in the tram tracks right outside work (Nicholson Street) one day. It was peak hour so there were a lot of people waiting at the bike crossing. I went over the handlebars, but I landed on my feet and ran it out. The people at the crossing applauded.
Seireadan started his career in the bike industry with fellow Velo mechanics Dan and Coralie at Mottainai Cycles. He was there for two years, then he worked at 99 Bikes for a year, before arriving at Velo Cycles in 2017. As well as working at the shop, for the last 12 months Seireadan has been building frames in his dad’s shed near Daylesford. It’s a hobby at the moment, but one day he hopes to make a business out of it. He’s calling it Frog Frameworks.
Where are you from originally Central Victoria, near Daylesford.
What are you riding at the moment? I was riding Dan’s old Shogun Alpine GT that’s set up for touring. It’s called Shogie Bear. But after that, I’ve been riding a bike that I fabricated myself. It’s an all-road touring frame that’s set up for cantilever brakes. I’ve recently built a front rack too, and a friend of mine will hopefully make me some a custom frame bag for it.
What’s your favourite local ride? The Merri Creek Trail
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Vintage steel bikes.
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? I was riding to Coralie’s and I cornered rather poorly at about 25km/hour. I’d recently changed my cranks so they were 2.5mm longer. My pedal hit the ground and catapulted my head and shoulder straight into the ground. I cracked my helmet and went to hospital, but I didn’t have any long term injuries. My bike was fine too.
Matt still feels the need to feed his bike addiction and so is back to help out with some shifts from time to time. He rides various bikes, all with his own customisations and unique colourways – and generally not within his stable for long, soon to be posted to the Facebook Marketplace.
Where are you from originally : That’s a big question. As an entity I would have to say the womb, but the matter that comprises my being first originated from our Sun.
As far as my as my career in the bicycle industry is concerned, I just kind of wandered in off the streets! I needed a job to feed my bike part addiction. Which reminds me, I really need to pay off my tab…
What are you riding at the moment? At this very moment? I’m currently getting around on an older Voodoo Wazoo that I converted from a gravel bike into a flat-bar townie. It’s got a forgiving steel frame, disc brakes front and rear, front tray and lots of bling! It was a joy to breathe fresh life into an older frame….even if that did mean replacing every single thing on it.
Otherwise my roadie is a Kona Roadhouse when I feel like doing longer trips and dirt duties are handled by a very purple Surly Karate Monkey. Having said all that, I tend to swap and change bikes regularly, I have three projects on the go at present and I hope to have a pretty exciting gravel build completed soon.
What’s your favourite local ride? For ease of access I would have to say the Yarra Boulevard and connecting trails in the area. It’s amazing that such a short distance from the CBD transports you to a completely different world. Challenging hills are a plus, it’s very easy to get complacent on the flats of Melbourne.
I recently got my first car for the sole purpose of moving my bikes around! That’s allowed me to get further afield for more rugged riding, I’m currently enjoying the trail networks at Lysterfield and You Yangs but hope to get out to Buxton and Bright soon.
Do you have an area of expertise in cycling? Colourful retrofitting of parts
What’s the most entertaining stack you’ve had? I’ve had a few close calls over the years; a concussion whilst out mountain biking left me with temporary memory loss that may well have provided entertainment for those around me! Otherwise I would have to say putting my head through the back of a van window was certainly ‘interesting’, but not so entertaining for the driver! Lucky for me the driver was a valet for a nearby hotel and I was promptly looked after. I would say it was entertaining for me as I still don’t really know how it happened, one moment there was no van, the next, a van!
Ash is back for more. Whilst away pursuing other career opportunities, his love of bikes never waned. And so when he came knocking we were only too happy to welcome him back. He is still riding his trusty old fixie.
Coming back to the crew after a year working and studying in Colorado, Byron brings his love of BMX and MTB, as well as the extra experiences he learned in the USA.