Gear Up for the Bicycle Café
Posted June 13th, 2012 | by The Update
From the front, Bicycle Café is a little hard to find, considering it’s temporarily in the shadow of a massive construction site at the corner of Northwest Highway and Lawther Drive. But once you get there, whether on foot, two-wheels or four, you’ll instantly recognize it as a staging point for hundreds of bicyclists, runners and skaters making their daily or weekly trek around White Rock Lake. Filling the back parking lot are rows of cars sporting bike racks and racing bumper stickers. And then there’s the unmistakable crunch of bike shoes on pavement.
After opening in February, the café at 7510 E. Northwest Highway has become something of a mother ship for the Spandex set–offering food and beverages for those needing to fuel up, cool off or get a quick bike repair. The restaurant focuses on healthy food such as salads, tacos and wraps, avoiding anything fried. According to manager Jesse Nava, the most popular item on the menu is the Quinoa Bowl, which combines protein, grains and vegetables—the perfect energy boost to pump up tired legs.
Beyond the food and drink, Bicycle Café offers patrons something more—a place to store their bikes and gear so they don’t have to tote them back and forth to ride. They have a storage room where pricey bikes hang ready to ride and a locker room where cyclists store clothes, shoes, helmets and other accessories. “Storing bikes and gear makes it so much easier to get to the fun part of cycling—the ride,” says Nava, also an experienced rider. “This way people don’t have to take their bikes to the office if they want to ride after work, nor do they have to go all the way home to get their bikes before a ride.” Storage costs star at $39.99 per month and come with extras like drink coupons.
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