The “cafe stop” is a tradition in cycling. Cyclists love tea and coffee, and eat lots (they need the fuel for riding back home). The following 45 cafes are among the best in the UK at catering to cyclists. Plot your ride by inputting the cafe postcode into the BikeHub cycle satnav app. If your favourite cafe is missing from our list tweet details to @bikehub.
We’ve given opening times but, as many of these cafes are in rural locations, not all are open year round and it’s best to phone ahead before relying for refuelling.
2A Anerley Hill, London SE19 2AA
Somewhere between a high end bike shop, a cafe and a gym, Cadence offers bike fitting, fitness testing, coaching, spinning, yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, and sports massage. Whether you’re a member or not, you can drop in, hang out with other cyclists, stuff your face with cake and coffee and watch some racing on a big screen. There’s bike parking, a bike wash and bike maintenance courses.
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 8676 8825.
Mon, Weds, Fri 09.00-21.00; Tues, Thurs 07.00-21.00; Sat-Sun 08.00-18.00; bank holidays 08.00-16.00.
LOCK 7 CYCLE CAFE
129 Pritchards Road, London, E2 9AP
More Hackney residents cycle to work than drive and Lock 7 lies on one of the borough’s key cycle routes, beside Broadway Market. Since 2008 “London’s first cycle cafe”, inspired by Copenhagen aims to get and keep people cycling. There’s hot drinks inside the original shop and now bike repairs and servicing take place in a workshop around the corner in Broadway Mews.
email@example.com Tel: 020 7739 3042.
Mon-Sat 08.00-18.00; Sun 10.00-18.00.
LOOK MUM, NO HANDS!
49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX and 125-127 Mare St, London E8 3RH
Probably Britain’s most famous cycle cafe, LMNH is the cafe with a brand, with merchandise including ‘podium pants’ in the colours of the Tour de France jerseys and quirky events on and off site from cycle-themed craft to cycle powered cinema. Serving salads, cake and coffee, there’s a bike workshop in the Old St branch only, with maintenance courses on offer, too.
Old St: 020 7253 1025. Mon-Fri 07.30-22.00; Sat 08.30-22.00 Sun -09.00-22.00
Mare St: 07985 200472. Mon-Tues 08.00-18.00; Weds-Fri 08.00-23.00; Sat 09.00-23.00; Sun 09.30-18.00
85 Brewer St, London W1F 9ZN
This fancy road racer hang out in Soho opened in 2012 and expanded in February 2014. Coffees hail from international roasters, there’s pastries, baguettes and salads. Splurge on Rapha kit from the adjoining shop – it stocks the entire range – or admire the display bikes. With race screenings and film nights, there are a variety of social, club and women’s rides through the week.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 020 7494 9831.
Mon-Fri 08.00-21.00; Sat 08.30-19.00; Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.00-18.00.
CYCLE LAB & JUICE BAR
16b-18a Pitfield Street, London, N1 6EY
One of the original cycle cafes, CycleLab has seating for 10 indoors and benches beside plantlocks outside. There’s Square Mile coffee, fresh soups, sweet and savoury crepes, juices and smoothies, and carrot balls (spherical carrot cake). In the shop, among others, there’s Brompton, Brooks, Lezyne, Raleigh UK & USA, Bowman and Genesis bikes, Catlike helmets and loads of Endura clobber. Cycle Lab has a Cyclocross team and runs monthly 80km road rides.
email@example.com Tel: 0203 222 0016.
Mon-Fri 08.00-19.00; Sat 11.00-18.00; Sundays and Bank Holidays: closed.
FULL CITY CYCLES
72 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TR
Small and cool, Full City uses every inch of its 3mx6m space. With a coffee machine in the corner and no food, it’s take-away only, though customers are welcome to stand and chat. On every surface (and ceiling) there’s wheels, frames and bikes, from pre-loved £200 bikes to brand new models and, of course, there’s custom builds. Services and repairs take place in the same space.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 020 7998 4988.
Mon-Fri 09.00-1900; Sat (less formal times): 10.00-17.00; Sun: 11.00-16.00
PELOTON & Co.
4 Market Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6DT
Peloton & Co’s upmarket cycle cafe offers a ‘house blend’ of Butterworth & Son espresso, with ‘artisan pastries’, granola, toasties, salads soups and stews. Bikes-wise it’s Pinarello, Boardman Elite (fitting service available), Cafe du Cycliste clothing and accessories. There’s also a big screen for bike races.
email@example.com. Tel: 020 7183 5530.
Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00; Sat & Sun 11.00-18.00
Camberwell: 41 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR.
Kennington: 146-148 Newington Butts, London SE11 4RN.
Battersea: 179 Battersea High St, London SW11 3JS.
Cycle PS are a trio of South London cycle cafes, all on Cycle Superhighways, Camberwell on CS5, Kennington on CS7, Battersea on CS8. The former, the “dedicated custom build store”, has a pool and juke box area behind a bike workshop behind a bar and bike shop with toasties and pizza, coffee and beer, free wifi, film screenings, cycle maintenance and talks. The Kennington branch resembles a cafe in a bike shop, with all the usual bike shop paraphernalia. All cafes have workshops and are licensed. There’s also an online shop and NUS and NHS cardholders get a 10% discount.
Camberwell: Tel: 020 3719 5736. Mon-Fri 08.30-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00; Sun 10.00-17.00
Kennington: Tel: 020 7735 7443. Mon-Fri 07.30-19.00; Sat 10.00-17.00
Battersea: Tel: 020 7738 9991. Mon-Fri 08.00-19.00; Sat 10.00-17.00
ZAPPI’s BIKE CAFE
28-32 St. Michaels Street, Oxford.
Named after Italian pro cyclist Flavio Zappi, the eponymous bike cafe offers loose leaf teas and smoothies but prides itself on its home blend of coffee. Browse commuter bikes, clothes, kit and second hand bikes in Bike Zone, then head upstairs for some refreshment. Zappi’s also has a cycling club with three weekly rides including Saturday and Sunday club rides and a youth team.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 07506 997779.
Mon-Sat 08.00-17.30 Sun 10.30-16.00
ATHLON SPORT CAFE
2 Navigation Rd, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6HX
A family enthusiast-run cafe and upmarket bike shop, Athlon is a popular stop-off for weekend riders, including Alex Dowsett. There’s club rides, indoor bike parking, and three big screens showing bike racing. You can even get a bike fitting.
email@example.com. Tel: 01245 257305.
Mon-Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
Rose Walk, the Level, Brighton, BN1 4ZN
Under Velo’s grass roof with solar panels and rainwater harvesting there’s a cafe and workshop, while outdoors there’s more seating, bike parking and cleaning facilities and 360° park views,. There’s kids’ and adults’ rides and events, bike recycling, maintenance and clothing. Three of Velo’s founders own Dark Star Brewing Co, Flour Pot artisan bread and Small Batch Coffee Company so expect those ingredients, too.
Bn1cafe@velo-cafe.co.uk. Tel: 01273 270270.
Park opening times, seven days a week: 08.00-18.00
MAISON DU VELO
31 Lesbourne Road, Reigate, RH2 7JS
A road bike shop where popular steeds are displayed in a glowing, catacomb-like gallery in the basement. The local “legs of steel” route’s toothy profile is emblazoned on the shop window, and in the coffee shop the menu changes every day, with locally baked breads, home-made cakes and preserves. There’s weekly rides, and bike fitting too.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01737 241188.
Mon-Sat 08.30-17.30; Thurs 08.30-19.00; Sun 08.00-15.30
22 High Street, Redbourn, Hertfordshire AL3 7LL
Friendly cyclist hangout with fancy coffee, organic ice cream and locally-sourced cakes. The Hub runs rides on the third Sunday of the month, of 25, 45 and 75km around the edge of the Chilterns, and weekly Wednesday turbo nights during winter (bring your own turbo trainer).
email@example.com. Tel: 01582 792389.
27, Magdalen Street, Norwich Norfolk
A young hip couple and their Staffie run this vintage bike shop and cafe in Norwich, refurbishing and selling rare and old, high-end steel framed racers. Cycling in Norwich is on the up, helped by recent tranches of government funding. As well as vintage parts, bespoke bike services Dandy Horse also sells coffee drippers and aeropresses.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01603 920057.
Mon-Fri 09.00- 17.30 Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
Parsonage Place, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AT
The Cog’s homemade fare including curries, specials, cakes, granola and ‘the best coffee around’. One staff member being a tour photographer means nice snaps on the walls. Meanwhile the toilet is a Tour homage, painted green and white with red spots. There’s a rail (and locks) for securing bikes, while community events include an annual time trial in October, and a spring sportive is in the offing, to be decided.
email@example.com. Tel: 01442 826146
Mon-Sat 08.45-17.00; Sun 10.00-14.00
Box Hill and Westhumble Station, Westhumble, Surrey RH5 6BT
Close to Box Hill and Pilgrims Way, Pilgrim Cycles is in the booking hall of a former railway station, complete with hammer beam ceilings. The bike shop sells Dawes touring bikes, repairs, servicing, bike hire and maps. Cafe-wise there’s outdoor seating, and an open fire in winter, with sandwiches made from fresh and locally-baked bread, tea cakes, sandwiches and soups, and groups can book in advance.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01306 886958
Tues-Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-17.30; Sun 10.00-16.00. open evenings by request
Metcalfe Arms, Lawshall Road, Hawstead, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5NR
This former pub, two and a half miles outside Bury St Edmunds, was transformed by father and son team, and West Suffolk Wheelers members, Barry and Matt Denny. The cafe is licensed, with outdoor seating, serving barista coffees, sandwiches, wraps and paninis, salads, scones and cooked breakfasts (think beans on toast and toasted sausage or bacon sarnies). There’s “lightning” five minute talks, maintenance sessions, and quiz nights. Bikes-wise it’s Merida, Scott, De Rosa, Cinelli, Lake and Spiuk, among others. There’s bike hire and even a mile long cyclocross trail.
email@example.com. Tel: 01284 386884.
5 St Johns Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9TN
Opened in 2014 Velo House “was created by cyclists for cyclists and those who don’t realise they are going to become cyclists yet.” It may be new but it has already been nominated for the Society of British and International Design Awards. The cafe was formerly a bank, and also houses a bike shop and a workshop. There’s space for 45 people in the cafe with another 20 outside when the weather’s warm. Cyclists benefit from a bike parking area with locks provided. The tables are topped with maps featuring local rides.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01892 554 500
ROUTE 2 CAFE BAR
1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0JQ
Snuggled on the Exe Estuary Trail along NCN2, Route 2 describes itself as a licensed eco-cafe, with “famous” breakfasts and locally-sourced food in its eco-cafe with, among other eco measures, low energy lighting and rainwater harvesting. The shop hires out and sells bikes and accessories, the workshop offers repairs and maintenance and the cafe anything from fry ups to Dutch apple pie, and espresso coffee. Apartment accommodation and occasional live music are also available.
email@example.com. Tel: 01392 875085.
Open daily 08.00-18.00 (later when events are on, phone to check).
ROLL FOR THE SOUL
2 Quay St, Bristol, BS1 2JL
Founder Rob Wall wanted to create a focal point in Britain’s first cycling city where all types of cyclist – and those who don’t cycle – could mingle. The crowd- and council grant-funded result is a community interest company where punters’ money goes towards RFTS’s social aims – promoting cycling in Bristol. There’s bike hire, servicing and repairs, maintenance tuition and an event space upstairs for anything from meetings to live music, while downstairs the cafe sells Mediterranean food, using local suppliers where possible.
Tel: 07596 917946.
Mon-Tues 08.00-18.00; Weds-Fri 08.00-21.00; Sat 10.00-21.00; Sun Closed
22 Market Place, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8DD
“Social hub” and fancy coffee bar in the Cotswolds, where owner Martin Bult brought his coffee fanaticism over from a spell in Australia. With local and organic cakes and La Marzocca coffee, there’s Bianchi and Cinelli road bikes, mountain bikes and towns, too. There’s free group rides on Sunday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which start and end at the shop and the shop has a cycle club, too.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01666 504343.
Summer open daily 08.30-17.00; Winter closed Mondays
The Old Post Office, 7 Reforne, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2AL
The “other” Portland has miles of traffic free cycle routes (and a Cat 5 climb), and Cycleccino’s founder Adam wants to make it a peninsula recognised internationally for cycling. Portland’s only bike shop sells tempting Dorset flapjacks and cycle themed coffee, from yellow jersey to king of the mountain. There’s also servicing and repairs while you wait.
email@example.com. Tel: 07979348120.
Mon-Tues/Thurs-Fri 08.30-17.30; Weds 08.30-16.00; Sat 08.00-17.00 Sun 09.00-16.00
BISSOE BIKE HIRE CAFE
Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire, Old Conns Works, Bissoe, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 8QZ
Right on the Mineral Tramway Trail, Cornwall’s mining heritage-rich 11-mile coast to coast trail from Portreath to Devoran, this cycle-themed cafe with its own veranda serves, among other things, Cornish cream teas, local Cornish ice creams, and Lavazza coffee. There’s signed Tour de France and Olympic cycling jerseys and photos, and a youth cycling team (age 6 up), which meets every Sunday.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01872 870341.
Winter opening times: Weds-Mon 09.00-17.00; Summer opening: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun 8.30am-5.30pm
AMICI & BICI
220 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FL
“Cafe and social” serving fresh sarnies (including gluten free), cakes are all made on the premises including crepe cakes and gluten free options. There’s vegan food and locally-roasted coffee. Inside there’s a big screen for races, murals, bike art and retro jerseys.
email@example.com. Tel: 0114 438 2776.
Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00; Winter: Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun 10.00-16.00 Summer: Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun 09.00-16.00
2364 Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 6QT
The Flying Squirrel Cafe, within the Dynamic Rides bike shop, serves the usual cakes, coffee, teas, energy snacks and drinks and a large screen TV with live cycling. Bikes and parts-wise there’s Boardman elite, Capo, Colnago, Castelli, Scott and Starley. There’s Retul bike fittings, bike customisation and workshop services, as well as bike parking at the rear of the shop.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01564 783332
Mon-Weds & Fri 10.00-17.30 Thurs 10.00-18.00, Sat 08.30-16.00, Sun 8.30am-13.00
34 Full Street Derby DE1 3AF
Created as somewhere to park your bike, hence the name, Park Bikeworks also has showers, lockers, a bike shop, a fully-fledged workshop, and a deli cafe: “we are focused on combining local seasonal produce with a fusion of food styles to create fresh dishes, bursting with flavour served up in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere.”
Mon-Fri 07:30-18:30; Sat 08:30-17:30; Sun 10:00 – 16:00
EUREKA CYCLISTS’ CAFE
Two Mills, Parkgate Road, Woodbank, Chester, CH1 6EZ
Serving cyclists since 1929, Eureka is a hive of road and off-road biking activity, attracting, on a good weekend most of the North West’s cycling clubs, according to owner Anne Peek. Eureka’s cakes (homemade by Anne and daughter), and “beans and a spare [toast]” are legendary, while famous riders drop by periodically.
email@example.com. Tel: 0151 339 5629.
Weds 08.30-17.00; Fri 09.30-15.00; Sat & Sun 08.30-17.00; Bank Holidays 09.00-16.00
GREYSTOKE CYCLE CAFE
Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria
You’ll find Greystoke where the Lands End to John O’Groats and C2C cycle routes meet. For weary travellers there’s towels and bike oil, pumps and maps, drinks, a tea garden and camping, and an impressive variety of quirky workshops including blacksmithing, artisan cheese making, calligraphy and knife forging.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01768 483984.
Open daily 10am-6pm Easter to the end of September for cyclists and Fridays, Saturdays and the second Sunday of the month out of season.
Arch 5, Corporation St, Manchester M4 4DG
A coffee shop with parking for 100 bikes under a city centre railway arch, with bike repair and servicing and a community ethos. Free membership entitles you to parking (weekly, monthly and annual tariffs).
email@example.com. Tel: 0161 839 0709.
Mon-Fri 07.30-19.30; Sat 09.00-18.00
THE GREEN JERSEY
Shawbridge Sawmill, Taylor Street, Clitheroe BB7 1LY
A tea and cake stop, a base for the Ribble Valley and Bowland Forest. Serving hot drinks and cakes, Felt, Colnago and Ridley bikes, bike fit and repairs are available, and there’s a long-term bike storage facility. There’s a big screen and the shop is licensed during major races. There’s also regular “puncture evenings”, teaching basic maintenance skills.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01200 427630.
Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
135 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA15 5NJ
Saddleback opened in April, becoming Keswisk’s cyclists’ cafe. Food is varied, innovative and made in-house, with vegan, veggie and gluten-free options also available. There’s bike locks and bike parking, with outdoors picnic benches offering riverside views and a glimpse up to the fells.
email@example.com. Tel: 017687 73907.
Summer open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm; Nov-Mar open Mon-Sun 10.00-16.00, closed Tues & Weds
The rear of 92 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6ED
At the Courtyard you can sit surrounded by bicycle history, with high wheel “ordinaries” on the windowsills, and what is claimed to be the largest collection of English-made machines in the world, including a Regency hobby horse. There’s a cobbled courtyard outside and on the menu there’s soup of the day, risottos, curries, salads and tarts.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01565 653974
Mon-Sat 09.30-16.30; Sun 10.00-16.00
2 Roscoe Street, Liverpool L1 2SX
Arty bike shop and cafe collaboration in a cool but friendly Liverpudlian warehouse with hot and cold drinks, vegetarian food, vegan and gluten free cakes. There’s bikes for sale, hip cycle clothing, outdoor seating for 20 and bike parking indoors and out.
email@example.com. Tel: 07894 818214.
RAPHA CYCLE CLUB
5 St Ann’s Alley, Manchester, M2 7LP
Selling a broad range of Rapha products, and fancy food and coffee, Rapha’s Manchester club is the newest in its fleet. All major road races are shown on a big screen, there’s regular rides and events, including yoga for cyclists, talks, film screenings and bike-related exhibitions.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01618 347648.
Mon-Sat 08.00-19.00; Sun & Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00
IMPROMPTU TEA ROOM
Elsdon, Northumberland NE19 1AA
The former school house in Elsdon is home to the Impromptu Tea Room. The building dates back to the early 1700s. The cafe has a large selection of cycling memorabilia. The Gibbet Fruit Cake is a perennial favourite (the gibbet is a gallows on the run in to the village, if coming from the Newcastle direction).
Tel: 01830 520389
PARKHEAD STATION HOUSE & B&B & TEA ROOMS
Stanhope Moor, Stanhope, Co. Durham, DL13 2ES
A haven on the remote moors, Parkhead is 100 miles into the C2C route, and 1500m above sea level. What was a goods-only collieries train station now serves cyclists and walkers vegetable broth, bacon sarnies, soups and cakes. The rule is if the door’s open, please come in – being out on the moors they won’t turn customers away, and if you’re caught in inclement weather there’s spare clothes and a drying room, as well as secure bike storage, and overnight accommodation. Groups are asked to order ahead as it’s a 50 mile round trip to the shops.
ParkheadStation@aol.com. Tel: 01388 526434.
THE CYCLE HUB
Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1BU
On both the C2C and Hadrian’s Cycleway Cycle Hub, a “focal point for cycling in Newcastle” welcomes all from toddlers to pensioners, Dutch tourists to tourers. The bike workshop, shop and cafe are complemented by an events calendar of maintenance courses, first aid for cyclists, and guided rides for all levels.
email@example.com. Tel: 0191 276 7250; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon-Fri 09.00-18.00; weekends 10.00-18.00
The Old Brassworks, Quality Row Road, Whickham Bank NE16 3AQ
“I wanted to bring a little bit of Looks Mum No Hands to Newcastle,” says Eric Murphy, owner of Pedalling Squares, a cycling cafe which opened in February 2014 in a former 19th century brass works. He travelled around the country checking out other cycling cafes and then set to work on his own. He’s a self-confessed bike geek, with a love of grand tour cycle races. His cafe shows the major races on a big screen. Pedalling Squares is based in Swalwell, south of the Tyne, not far from the Gateshead Metrocentre. It’s at the base of Whickham Bank – Col de Whickham – an ideal stopping/starting point for roadies doing hill work or MTBers heading out to Chopwell Woods, heart of the local mountain bike scene. Non-cycling locals can’t ignore the fact this is a cycling cafe – by the entrance there are hooks for hanging up customer’s bikes. “We don’t mind how mucky they are,” says Murphy. (The bikes as well as the customers).
email@example.com. Tel: 191 230 4334
TOMLINSON’S CAFE & BUNKHOUSE
Bridge Street, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7SF
Named after the reverend who brought education to Rothbury, Tomlinson’s, the Grade II listed schoolhouse is now a cafe with cycle hire, a bunkhouse and views over the river Coquet. Tomlinson’s offers itself to cyclists and walkers as a base for exploration of Northumberland National Park. The low-cost bunkhouse, spread over three rooms, sleeps 21. There’s secure bike parking, periodic bike doctors and guided rides.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01669 621979
Cafe open Mon-Sun 09.00-17.30; Summer (Easter-Sept) open late Thurs-Sat until 23.00
YOUR BIKE SHED
148/150 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Bike workshop and cafe proud of its food, coffee and friendly environment whether you cycle or not. There’s seating for more than 50 people, with an open plan kitchen serving home cooked food from ‘Yorkshire breakfasts’ to cakes, soups, salads and sandwiches. The basement gallery has bike frames, art, seating and an events space, with custom bike builds in the workshop, standard bike repairs and servicing and, where possible, repairs while you wait.
email@example.com. Tel: 01904 633777.
Mon-Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
DALES BIKE CENTRE
Parks Barn, Fremington, North Yorkshire, DL11 6AW
The bunkhouse, cafe, hire centre and workshop are all part of this road and off-road trails cycling hub in the Dales with a shop selling new bikes, ex-hire bikes, clothing and kit. Guided MTB rides, social rides and maps are available, along with MTB training. The cafe offers cakes, sarnies and soups from local produce with a Dales view.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01748 884908.
Open daily 09.30-17.00
66-68 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AZ
Selling fancy pastries and coffee, and award-winning soup, Ronde also boasts a shop and exhibition space. Races are screened, and there’s high-end kit and bikes. Offering regular maintenance workshops, tune-ups and services are also available, as well as tailored training plans, bike fits and custom builds. A three hour social ride runs every Saturday morning.
email@example.com. Tel: 0131 260 9888.
Mon-Sat 09.00-18.00; Thurs 09.00-19.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
SIEMPRE BICYCLE CAFE
162 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6XE
For the fast-growing cycling community of Glasgow’s West End, Siempre sells largely organic and locally-sourced foods, with five types of hot chocolate, vegan treats, smoothies and homemade cakes. Open since September 2012, Siempre offers up its ample event space free to those promoting cycling, community and the arts. With commuter-style clothing, bikes and indoor bike parking available, the graffiti covered secret garden offers an outdoor haven in milder weather.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 0141 334 2385.
Sun-Thurs 08.00-18.00; Fri-Sat 08.30-22.00; Winter opening times Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00; Sat-Sun 08.30-18.00.
VELOCITY CAFE & BICYCLE WORKSHOP
1 Crown Avenue, Inverness, IV2 3NF
Velocity is a social enterprise where any profit goes to promoting cycling in Inverness, including via the Go ByCycle outreach team, which provides maintenance classes, safer routes workshops and confidence building rides, among other things. Cafe punters are invited to sip “bicyclattes” and “campagcinos” from a retro cup collection, to wash down locally home-baked cakes. There’s social rides and live music, too.
email@example.com. Tel: 01463 419956.
Daily: 09.00-17.00; until 21.00 on Thursdays
PEDAL POWER CAFE
Dogo Street, Cardiff CF11 9JJ.
Pedal Power Cafe in Bute Park, and its second hire centre in Cardiff Bay, offer two-wheelers, tandems and e-bikes, to all ability bikes, go-karts and six-seater pedal cars. The Taff Trail is near both centres, a 55-odd mile ride north to Brecon. The Bute Park (Pontcanna) cafe serves home cooked food, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options and Fairtrade coffee. There’s group social rides, too, and training for group leaders and those riding with disabled cyclists.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 029 2039 0713.
Pontcanna Summer opening hours (April-September): Daily 09.00-18.00; Winter (October-March) 09.00-16.00
By Laura Laker & Carlton Reid