This guest post comes from Mike McLeish, owner of the bicycle blog Pinch-Flat and currently on a bike tour in SE Asia.
What makes a great cycling café?
With so many people getting into the cycling lifestyle, the demand for establishments such as the cycling café has increased. More and more bike cafés springing up, blessing cyclists with lots of choice about which places to visit.
There are certain things to consider for any cyclist, and for anyone thinking of setting up one of these places. So let’s take a look at the different things that make up a great cycling café.
Catering for bikes
If you’re a cyclist, the first thing you want to know about visiting anywhere is, do they cater for bikes? In the case of a café, this could mean simply providing enough space to park a bike outside or indoors. But it can also mean having pumps and basic puncture kits available, along with staff who know a thing or two about bikes.
Some cafés employ mechanics so that if a cycling customer arrives with a major problem, the staff can help them out. They’ll usually have a wide array of hard to find accessories like cycling waterproof backpacks and unusual handlebars!
Also, if a cyclist comes in wet and muddy from a rainy bike day, they’ll want to be looked after. Keeping the place warm and having plenty of water around can go a long way, especially if you went for an extended trip. Many cafés, cycling and non-cycling, have a jug of water where people can just help themselves. Others have a little changing area and somewhere where you can hang up dirty or wet kit. It’s often the small touches that make these places stand out.