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Allen Lim talks Nutrition & Scratch Labs

Allen Lim talks Nutrition


Here is an interview from Bicycling Australia of Dr Allen Lim, one of the co-founders of Scratch Labs and author of the new cyclist’s cookbook “The Feed Zone”.  He’s discussing the ethos of Skratch Labs and the importance of balanced nutrition for rider.  A great foundation to help form your diet preferences and ride nutrition as you embark on a summer of riding and getting the best from your body’s ability.

Click the link to access the pdf.

Allen Lim talks Nutrition



Bike Service


Arran, master mechanic

At Urban Pedaler we aim to deliver the same level of service that our neighbors Audi and Volvo do in their workshops.  Professional diagnostics with well-experienced staff, good communication and technical know-how that can keep your machine working well enough to give you the peace of mind that you deserve.  Bikes today are more technical than they have ever been, so trusting someone that knows the tips, tricks and factory recomendations necessary to get the best ride is critical to enjoying cycling.  Come in and talk to Arran about getting the most from your rig – before he gets too busy.  🙂

Service menu

Service menu


The Team


Arran Thorburn, partner


Gabe Sullens, partner

We are two partners with a collective 40+ years in the bike industry and are committed to delivering the best retail presentation along with a peerless level of service to match.  Our many years working for and managing leading retailers followed by careers in the supply side of the bike world gave us a great understanding of brands, product, fitting, retail presentation, community engagement, and service levels that are required to build and maintain a successful bicycle shop.  We’ve joined forces to both work on, and in the shop to ensure it has the look and feel of a proper “third place”, a place you can call a home away from home to share your enthusiasm and passion with like-minded people.

Arran Thorburn


Gabe Sullens

Gabe’s been riding bikes since six years of age, and never stopped.  Growing up in rural Ohio in the USA, he started by riding his BMX down rocky creekbeds and dirt roads, graduated to riding on the road for fun and then to get to class in college.  The trips to the local bike shop was always a treat and he learned the value of a knowledgeable and experienced mechanic when trying to fix and maintain his equipment.  After moving to California, he worked in and ran several sporting goods stores with bike departments and then was lucky to join the management team at one of the world’s most successful bike retail chains, Supergo Bike Shops.  Leading the legendary Wednesdy Nightride in the local Santa Monica Mtns for seven years was a highlight, building the reputation of a solid group ride leader.  Specialized Bikes recruited Gabe to northern California where he founded their global retail education and development department, Specialized University (SBCU).  After traveling and working with retailers around the world, he relocated to develop the Taiwan market, then on to Australia to do the same.   A couple years later he joined Cannondale here in Australia as national sales manager.  Working with most of the best bike shops in Australia and New Zealand inspired him to blog about best practices and his columns currently published quarterly in Bike Trade magazine.  He’s fluent in “bike” as he has ridden and competed in cross country, downhill, enduro, road, and cyclocross, and has also taught hundreds of others to ride on and offroad including his two step kids here in Melbourne.  Retail is his passion and he intends to make Urban Pedaler one of the leading shops in the world of bike retail.