Melbourne's bike market is ridiculously crowded. Whether you're after a fluoro-rimmed fixie, a svelte road bike or a stately cruiser, the world is seemingly at your feet. Which begs the question: does this city really need another bike shop?
In a word: yes. If they make them like Chappelli, that is. Sydneysiders have been getting around on these rock-solid bikes for years, and now Melburnians can too, with its workshop-meets-store in the back streets of Cremorne.
The brand's fixies, BMXs, road bikes and cruisers range from a few hundred bucks up to a few thousand, but they all have one thing in common: a robust, Surly-like ride that puts them well ahead of similarly priced competitors.
Plus, Chappelli has the clever NuVinci, which won an Australian Design Award. It’s effectively gearless, thanks to an infinitely variable hub. Riders can instantly change the pedal resistance by twiddling the handgrip like a stereo's volume knob. It’s a dream: no more clunking chain shifts or derailleur-induced headaches. For this thing alone: Chappelli, welcome to Melbourne.