Cycling enthusiasts have long used cafés as meeting points for talking shop and coordinating group rides. now, cycling businesses are catching on to the trend. While london has seen a rise in bicycle cafés — part bike shop, part cyclecentric eatery — over the last few years, the trend has exploded in favorite cycling locales across the u.s. looking for a place that satisfies both hungers? try the following:
Ride Studio Cafe (RSC) (pictured)
Just off the Minuteman Bikeway — an 11-mile rail-totrail conversion connecting greater Boston’s Bedford to Cambridge — riders take advantage of Ride Studio Cafe’s indoor bike parking to nosh on offerings from a preride fuel-up menu. The shop specializes in both high-end production and handmade bikes, as well as European-style commuters.
Belgium-born owner Olivier Vrambout bakes fresh-fromthe- oven delicacies on-site, including croissants, scones and coffee cake. After spending time with one of his sweet treats in the spacious café, head to the back for a select supply of bikes and accessories.
Over the Bar (OTB) Bicycle Café
Sip beers beneath an expansive bike mural as you peruse a menu of pedalworthy eats such as the Dirt Rag Delight, a cheeseburger smothered in protein-rich peanut butter. Cyclists gather at the bicyclethemed bar/eatery en route to (and from) the nearby Great Allegheny Passage, a 400-mile multiuse trail connecting the city to Washington, D.C.
Trailhead Bike Shop and Cafe
Purchase a ride of your own, or choose from rentals that include cruisers and fullsuspension bikes, perfect for city exploring. Not a cyclist? While the rest of your party hits the road, hunker down with the café’s complimentary Wi-Fi and a Gobbler sandwich, a combo of turkey breast and sweet cranberry with a cream cheese twist.
Mojo Bicycle Café
Check out the selection of city bikes, then settle in up front among cohorts with a cup of locally roasted De La Paz espresso. On sunny days, the backyard garden is ideal for contemplating next year’s Tour, or chill with a baguette sandwich on the temporary instreet “parklet.”