Boogong Masthead

Wheels turning on NewActon bike business

Laura Peppas

NewActon is one of the most popular destinations for Canberra’s burgeoning cyclist community, and now the precinct is set to become a rider’s paradise with the opening of a dedicated bike repair shop.

With the help of expert frame builder Luke Laffan, co-owner of Mocan and Green Grout cafe Myles Chandler spent “about a year” building the container that is Goodspeed Bicycle Company, just a stone’s throw away from his cafe – a frequent haunt for Canberra’s pedal pushers.

Myles says the shop, which he and business partner David Alcorn officially opened last month, is a dedicated bike repair space with three mechanics on hand to fix anything from minor repairs to major restorations.

Inside the shop.

Inside the shop.

Not surprisingly, business is already booming.

“We’re getting a lot of local residents and people who work in the precinct, and a lot of students as well,” Myles says.

“Being in this location means we can cater to people who are commuting and also people who ride recreationally around the lake for the weekend, and because we’re open 8am – 8pm we can do same day servicing. People can drop their bikes off on the way to work, have a drink or dinner afterwards and still pick up their bikes that day.”

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Myles, who has been repairing bikes since he was a teen and is a keen cyclist himself, says the idea for the business had been in the works for about two years.

“We had wanted to start our own dedicated bike shop for a long time,” says Myles.

“There’s definitely a market for it in Canberra, we have so many cyclists coming in to our cafe and some of those people I ride with myself, so we think of them as our cycling family. And because we’re not tied to particular brands, there’s a huge amount of freedom to source our own parts, everywhere from Japan to Italy.”

Myles says he hopes the business will encourage people to “refurbish” rather than buying a new bike.

“A lot of times there’s just small problems with things, which would have otherwise resulted in the person just tossing the bike out,” he says.

“We get a lot of people coming in with queries such as ‘what’s this noise on the bike’ or sort of thing, so I’m happy for people to roll up with just a question and we’ll try to help.

“We’ve also done a couple of restoration jobs on bikes; we did a full rebuild on a couple of 1960s road bikes, and we’re keen enthusiasts anyway, so we’re always interested in doing something unusual.”

the essentials

What: Goodspeed Bicycle Company
Where: 1 of 19 Marcus Clarke Street, NewActon
When: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm
How much: A full service starts from $90, including a safety check and clean
Web: or

All photos by Javier Steel.


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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