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March 11, 2008 4:07 PM   Subscribe

The Love Affair of Bicycles and Coffee. posted by bassjump (26 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Apropos of nothing substansial, I once saw a lady bike messenger riding her bike while talking on a cell phone and eating a bowl of noodle soup with chopsticks.
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:35 PM on March 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


Deus Ex Machina is what comes to mind when I think of bikes and coffee.
posted by zamboni at 5:01 PM on March 11, 2008


I don't think he corrected his correlation between coffee and cycling for the involvement of spandex cycling wear in this love triangle.
posted by wantwit at 5:05 PM on March 11, 2008


If Deus counts so must the Ace Cafe.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:15 PM on March 11, 2008


If the mixture of coffee and cycling amazed the writer that much, I shudder to think of her reaction when she discovers cycling and beer...

...and I say that as a man who just rode in an alleycat called 'Cyclists Against Sobriety'.
posted by suckerpunch at 5:28 PM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Endorsed by white people!
posted by everichon at 6:34 PM on March 11, 2008 [3 favorites]


Yeah, there's one of those in my town. It manages to combine the intimdation of a serious bike shop (where I'm going to look like an idiot for not knowing what a derailleur is) with the intimidation of a hipster coffee shop (where I'm going to look like an idiot for not knowing the difference between the five kinds of green tea).
posted by bookish at 6:35 PM on March 11, 2008


Chicago has a pretty good used guitar/sandwich shop.

I'm not sure if there is any racial or class commentary implicit in its existence, but it's a brilliant business model.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:48 PM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I dunno, I have about one coffee a year..

I don't think he corrected his correlation between coffee and cycling for the involvement of spandex cycling wear in this love triangle.

Oh, I guess that explains it.
posted by Chuckles at 7:18 PM on March 11, 2008


In Goulburn in NSW there's a greengrocer-delicatessen-cafe-pizzeria-bikeshop. That's not a love affair, that's a ménage.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 7:21 PM on March 11, 2008


I like coffee (yes even fancy coffee) and I like bicycles (yes even fancy bicycles) , but I cannot help but think every time I see places like this that most of the patrons are just playing roles.

Im reminded of the aritcle in The Onion a few years back about the dude at the Starbucks reading some "important" book (cant remember the name) in a very conspicuous manner so as to make the cover of the book as visible to other patrons as possible.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 7:22 PM on March 11, 2008


In Talent, Oregon--one town over--there is an Ace Hardware Store which is also a liquor store. Which, yeah.
posted by everichon at 7:38 PM on March 11, 2008


Chicago has a pretty good used guitar/sandwich shop.

The place on Chicago ave or is there another?
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:35 PM on March 11, 2008


In my hometown, the gearheads' favorite bike shop (Devil's Gear) is just down the block from Fuel, the coffee shop where all the cyclists hang out. Fuel has become the meeting place for some of the local group rides, and they've even done a show of bike-themed art. Come to think of it, though, Lulu's Cafe (a couple miles across town) is where a different set of group rides meet... There's competition for all the people in spandex.
posted by bassjump at 9:36 PM on March 11, 2008


Fort Collins, CO has a bike shop/delicatessen/bar.
posted by barnacles at 10:00 PM on March 11, 2008


That first article is pretty clearly a blatant piece of lifestyle marketing. Please don't assist marketeers in co-opting bike culture to sell more coffee. 'k, thanks. People can make their own adult decisions with regards to their mutually exclusive taste for coffee and/or cycling.

Besides, correlation does not equal causation. Almost everyone in America is addicted to caffeine and bicyclists are not immune. News flash, I'm sure.
posted by Skwirl at 12:48 AM on March 12, 2008


You know what the new big thing among motorcyclists is?

Methamphetamine.

Some outlaw gangs like the stuff so much, they've even opened their own manufacturing and sales franchies.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:11 AM on March 12, 2008


damn dirty ape:

No, it's Tommy's on Chicago.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:10 AM on March 12, 2008


Oh noes! Cyclists drinking coffee! Coffee addicts checking out bikes! That'll put Skwirl's panties in a bunch. He must stick it to THE MAN!

Anyway, I wish we had one of these near where I live. There's a Jittery Joe's downtown but it's kinda dysfunctional, especially as cycling goes.
posted by azazello at 5:32 AM on March 12, 2008


I go to One On One Bike Studio daily. Great place, good to gear it get some press.
posted by djseafood at 7:00 AM on March 12, 2008


I'm an avid bicyclist, but I loath coffee, even the smell.

You know what the new big thing among motorcyclists is?

If by "new" you mean the previous 40 years or so.

And check this out: click the upper right portion of the map, then click number 13.
posted by telstar at 9:27 AM on March 12, 2008


Coffee + Bikes: Bikes to Rwanda
posted by turbodog at 11:41 AM on March 12, 2008


A couple of Fridays ago, just for fun, I took a picture of all the bikes parked outside my local hipster coffee shop. Googling revealed that there were more than $80,000 worth of bike frames there, mostly fixies. And most of the messenger bags inside looked new. It makes a lot of business sense to cater to these people.

Why has no mini-mart robbing criminal come up with the idea of an hydraulic bolt cutter and a pickup truck?
posted by Dr. Curare at 1:15 PM on March 12, 2008


Roswell Bicycles (in the eponymously suburb of Atlanta) has been doing this for at least 10 years with an attached cafe called Sprocket's. While it's suburban locale detrats from the hipster shiny-ness, it did have great weekend punk shows when I worked there back in high school.


I shudder to think of her reaction when she discovers cycling and beer...


As the saying goes: I'd rather be a drunk cyclist than a sober driver.
posted by Panjandrum at 2:46 PM on March 12, 2008


I'm surprised I'll be the first to say it.

I've struggled with the issue of trying to drink coffee and bike simultaneously every day for the last year. I commute to work, and I don't often get up early enough to make coffee and drink it before I leave. There are virtually no coffee shops in the neighborhood I work in, so getting it once I'm at work isn't really an option, either.

Eventually I settled on getting a good thermos and getting up early enough in the morning to make coffee and then bring it with me. But if I had known sooner about that mechanism for having a coffee holder on my bike? I would have scooped that up in a second.

The first article might be Pepsi Blue, but there's a niche market. And I think I'm part of it.
posted by lunit at 8:29 AM on March 13, 2008


And today, the bike-coffee tryst arrived in my inbox in the form of this week's Ask Umbra column.
posted by bassjump at 1:53 PM on March 17, 2008


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