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FOOD & VIBES
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Denver Bicycle Cafe
This downtown institution nails the trifecta of bike shop amenities: coffee, beer, and skilled wrenches. There’s a coffeehouse that serves espresso brewed with locally roasted beans; fresh pastries, and warm pretzels; a bar with local craft beer on tap; and a shop with mechanics who are as adept at repairing singlespeed commuter bikes as they are at piecing together a custom Alchemy road bike. But it’s the inviting interior space, accented with communal picnic tables, that makes Denver’s Bicycle Cafe popular. The welcoming atmosphere encourages customers to relax, enjoy some live music, and share in their love of bikes.
When it came time to name a new watering hole at the intersection of two popular bike-laned streets in east Austin, the owners weighed two options: The Wheel, after the Grateful Dead jam, or Lanterne Rouge, for obvious Tour-related reasons. They settled on The Wheel, and now the cozy space serves craft beer and whiskey specials to the flood of thirsty cyclists coming in off the roads and nearby trails. (The Austin Daily Press, a bistro next door, dishes out tacos, tortas, and sandwiches to the Wheel’s customers.) Drop in for a drink and set your pint glass on the sprocket-inlaid bar, or swing by the bicycle service station to top off your psi—this friendly neighborhood joint is open late so you can capture the lanterne rouge for being the last to get home.
Fit & Fuel Bicycle Café
When you roll out on one of the many group rides that leave from Naples Cyclery each week, you need not worry about postride nutrition. The Fit & Fuel Bicycle Café—the coffee shop, bar, and bike-fit studio next door—has you covered. Its hefty sandwiches, wraps, and salads are made with locally sourced produce, the cookies are a meal by themselves, and more than a dozen regional beers are on tap. It’s a menu crafted by cyclists for cyclists and a good incentive to go extra-hard on those group rides.
While attending the University of Syracuse, Sara and Steve Morris ran a bike-repair business out of their garage (Sara, who studied industrial design, wrote her thesis on bike culture). After graduating in 2010, they took out a loan for , 000 and opened Mello Velo. As business improved, they expanded into an adjacent space that previously housed a café. “It turns out people like our food, and like to hang out here, ” says Sara. Stop by for the popular Thursday evening ride and grab a smoothie—we recommend the Campy Cooler.
Tucked into the hills north of Los Angeles, Pedalers Fork could be your typical farm-to-table restaurant. But it’s much more. Adjacent to the dining room is a boutique bike shop where mechanics expertly bleed brakes, rebuild wheels, and service forks. Behind the restaurant is a bike rack with complimentary locks so you can swing by for a cup of the custom-roasted 10-Speed Coffee. But the main draw here is the food. The menu changes frequently and is loaded with healthy items created for hungry cyclists (you gotta try the blueberry banana quinoa Johnny cakes). “We wanted beautiful, natural, local foods that you can indulge in after or before a long ride, ” says brand manager Gideon Kleinman.