Patrick Jonker Joins TEBCO as SA Rep

Road cyclists racing

Adelaide, SA One of Australia’s highest general classification finishers at the Tour de France, South Australia’s bike industry veteran Patrick Jonker, has been appointed as the State’s sales agent for TEBCO. The Melbourne-based brand confirmed last month it has appointed Patrick, who has just clocked up four decades working in the bike industry. He was…

It’s Time for the Tour Down Under to Say No to Santos

Cyclist holding up winning trophy

Adelaide, SA If you look back through the Opinion section of The Latz Report, you’ll see I use my prerogative as publisher to voice an opinion very sparingly. There are only a couple of dozen opinion pieces since we started in 2019, most of which are non-controversial and two of which were written by guests.…

Three to One … Transformation for Unley Bike Store Scene

Bicycle shop front

Adelaide, SA A previous abundance of bicycle retailers in the inner Adelaide suburb of Unley has been cut to just one store in recent weeks. Long-standing store East End Cycles, previously known as Standish Cycles Unley, finished winding down its operations last month. It comes a few months after Reid Cycles closed its Adelaide outlet…

Euride Closes After Championing Italian Thoroughbreds

Team of cyclists

Adelaide, SA An Adelaide bike store that established Italian brand Bottecchia in Australia has closed its doors. The Euride store, in the eastern suburb of Cambelltown, had been on the market for the past two years and officially shut shop late last month. A spokesperson said Euride’s five partners had other businesses demanding their time…

E-Bike Retailer Rebrand as Leon Cycles Owner Faces Fraud Charges

Adelaide, SA Three Leon Cycles stores in Australia will soon revert to their original branding, Hi5 E-Bikes. Their owner, Jamal Raad, said he is just waiting for the signage to arrive to convert his stores in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The switch follows the arrest of the China-based owner of Leon Cycles, Lijun Ding, who…

Pon’s Global CEO is Upbeat About Industry’s Future

Two men standing at bicycle event. Pon Bike CEO

Adelaide, SA At the start line of Stage 3 of the 2023 Tour Down Under, all eyes of the huge crowd were on the elite professional cyclists. Few people would have noticed the casually dressed Janus Smalbraak unobtrusively visiting some of the teams. A study of his online media shows that Janus likes it that…

Still a Market for Framesets Only, Says Chapter2 Founder

Man standing with bicycle display

Adelaide, SA Back in the olden days, that this author well remembers, it was virtually impossible to buy a complete high-end bike off the shelf. You would have the frame made by a local hand builder, buy the components through a bike shop and either build it yourself or have your preferred bike shop piece…

Tour Down Under Final Wrap – Great Ideas and Personnel Changes

Baum bike box

Adelaide, SA Every bicycle dealer knows they spend many precious wage hours per year on building bikes. Depending upon the price point and level of assembly required, even working with maximum speed and efficiency it might cost 20 to 30 minutes of valuable labour time per bike. And it doesn’t end there. All of that…

Adelaide’s Newest Bike Shop Opens Just in Time for Tour Down Under

Man standing in front of bicycle container

Adelaide, SA Just a week before the first races rolled away at the 2023 Tour Down Under, a new bike shop crossed the starting line. Contour is located on Hutt Street, at the leafy, affluent eastern side of the Adelaide CBD just around the corner from the East Parklands and the former Grand Prix motor…

Fans and Bike Industry Return to the TDU

Large group of people at start line of a bicycle race.

Adelaide, SA It has been three long years since the last fully international Tour Down Under was held in Adelaide. During the previous edition in January 2020, Covid was just starting to make the headlines, but few in either the professional peloton or the exhibiting bike industry could have anticipated the global disruption that was…