The Rise Of The London Cycling Cafe
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The FT is reporting the latest trend in the London coffee scene: bikers! No, the Hells Angels have not taken to sipping Mochachinos and chai lattes in their free time. We’re talking about the old-fashioned, manual kind of bikes, the ones that have become oh-so-popular with the coffee-drinking, Millennial set. As the paper notes, just this past May, three different “cycling cafés” have sprung up, offering not only a caffeine boost, but also some lovin’ for your two-wheeler.
Take Micycle for example, in north London, where the garden behind the shop is used for “free bike-washing, parking and seating area” and where tools are available for customers to take a crack at fixing their bike. Other newly opened shops include Look Mum No Hands! in the city’s business district, and The Rapha Cycle Club on Clerkenwell Road.
So what’s the connection? Per Simon Mottram, Rapha’s founder: “Coffee is embedded in road-racing cycling culture, from Italian cyclists stopping for espresso to the café owned by Lance Armstrong in Austin, Texas.” Also, another reason: coffee = 0 calories; 0 calories = looking good in bike pants.