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R commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"I have a stock Vaya II 54cm (in orange, no less) which I ride between Brunswick and Clayton, and it's been pretty good with the stock kit. How about a head on shot, so we can see how you mounted lights, computer, etc?"
May 21, 2012
Kris commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"I like the orange rocket John!  It feels nice to end up with a unique piece of kit which looks the part and will serve you well all year round.  As an aside I think that mudguards on a commuter are not "gay" and anyone who tries…"
Apr 28, 2012
Martin Turner commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"John, Have you considered the Metropolitan by Tout Terrain? "
Apr 13, 2012
kenneth james scott commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"very nice. should do you for ever."
Mar 9, 2012
Phil commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"thanks for that article mate, I think it pretty closely sums up the type of bike I ultimately want to build too. just got to finish about 100 other projects first. In the mean time "GO THE DROP BAR DISC BRAKE COMBO!""
Mar 9, 2012
Cory commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"That is phrqn near perfect. And esp. for that price! The only additions I could make are guards, and a dynohub. (Oh, and a Brooks, but hey, no two butts are created equal, so what works for you, works for you). And FWIW, I've drooled over…"
Mar 9, 2012
bikinbruce commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"WOW! Nice Build.  Thanks for posting about your new commuter, the timing was excellent, I am presently investigating acquiring something very similiar. 2 other options from the UK,  on-one (the only one that works for me size wise, I am…"
Mar 7, 2012
DamianM commented on John Chatfield's blog post Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH
"Love it John! I do love orange bikes, and Salsas so of course I'd like this. Building it all up for $2300 is pretty good too for a bike like this, nicely done."
Mar 6, 2012
John Chatfield posted a blog post

Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH

After two very wet winters and summers here in Melbourne, I started to think about what would be the best bike for commuting from home to work each day. I cover about 5,000km a year commuting, which was fine on my old Avanti road bike until the rains came!Last year my wife and I took our road bikes to Spain to follow La Vuelta on…See More
Mar 6, 2012
John Chatfield is now a member of Melbourne Cyclist
Mar 6, 2012

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Single Speed, Recreational
Where in Melbourne or nearby do you live ?
Ashburton
Now tell us about your bicycles ...
I have several bikes with all frames made of steel or alloy Including scandium but not a carbon frame to be seen! I like function over fashion.
What is the best thing about riding?
Its cheaper than a car and more reliable than Melbournes Public Transport

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Is this the Perfect Melbourne Commuter Bike? Salsa Vaya II with Alfine 8 IGH

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 7:24pm 8 Comments

After two very wet winters and summers here in Melbourne, I started to think about what would be the best bike for commuting from home to work each day. I cover about 5,000km a year commuting, which was fine on my old Avanti road bike until the rains came!

Last year my wife and I took our road…

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