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Top 10 best cycling cafes

Coffee and cycling go hand in hand, cake and cycling go hand in hand and cycle cafes are the perfect place to enjoy this happy trio.

Whether for tourers, mtb'ers, fitness buffs or hipsters, whether you want somewhere to stop en route on a weekend ride or you just fancy coffee and cake while looking at bike stuff and/or cyclists, here's our pick of some of the best out there.

1. Ronde

Selling artisan coffee and fancy pastries, Ronde also boasts an exhibition space with cycling photography and prints, and often hosts talks by celebs and others, plus films.

Races are screened in the shop, alongside high-end kit and bikes. Workshops are on hand for running repairs, while a dedicated ‘Fit and Training Studio' sees to custom builds, with tune-ups and services also available.

A three-hour social ride takes place every Saturday. There's even a Ronde club.

t: 0131 260 9888; e:; Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Thurs 9am-7pm; weekends 10am-4pm

2. Popup Bikes

What started as a coffee shop with bike parking has spread to encompass many things. With a community ethos, Popup provides access to tools and second-hand parts to those on low incomes, plus bike tagging; profit contributes to these social goals. Free membership entitles you to parking (weekly, monthly, annual tariffs).

t: 0161 839 0709; e:; Mon-Fri 7.30am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-6pm

Crystal Palace, London

With bike fitting, fitness tests, coaches, physiotherapy and osteopathy, this is a haven for cyclists. You can even compete in a virtual turbo-trainer Pyrenean race either with your mates or online with strangers in the Cycling Performance Centre before stuffing your face with cake and cappuccinos.

If you're after an oil-soaked, feet-up kind of place this is a little on the clinical side, but then again it is a bike clinic.

t: 020 8676 8825; e:; Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; weekends 8am-6pm

4. Lock 7 Cycle Cafe
Broadway Market, London

Lock 7 lies at the heart of bike-mad Hackney. Since 2008, London's first cycle cafe, inspired by Copenhagen's beautiful and interesting bikes, has sold second-hand steeds with folk relaxing inside and eating savoury food and cafe fare. Its aim is simply to get and keep people cycling and offers repairs, an online shop plus various cycling-related courses.

t: 020 7739 3042; e:; Mon-Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm

5.Dales Bike Centre
Fremington, North Yorkshire

A gateway to road cycling in the Dales with bunkhouse, cafe, hire centre, workshop and a shop with new bikes, ex-hire bikes, clothing and kit. Guided mtb rides, social rides and maps are available to navigate the undulating Dales, along with mtb training.

As for the cafe (pictured above), it offers cakes, sarnies and soups all made using local produce - along with a great view over the Dales. Oh, and the Tour's Grand Départ comes right past its door in 2014.

t: 01748 884908; e:; open every day 9am-5pm

6. Look Mum, No Hands!
Old Street, London

Famous cycle cafe LMNH holds anything from lunches to launches, the former featuring some mean salads, cake and coffee, the latter including Boneshaker magazine and Levi's Commuter range.

Tech start-ups come here to work and telly comes here, too: ITV's Cycle Show was filmed here with Graeme Obree a guest. LMNH has race and bike polo teams with replica kit for sale and cool merchandise. There's a bike repair and they run maintenance courses, too.

t: 020 7253 1025; e:; Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm; Sat/Sun 9/9.30am-10pm

7. Cycle Hub

In prime position on the C2C and Hadrian's Cycleway the Hub is a focal point for cycling in Newcastle. Open since June 2012, February was its busiest month yet.

For any and all from retirees to kids, Dutch tourists to tourers, a bike workshop, shop and cafe are complemented by social rides, turbo sessions, film screenings and yoga. A social enterprise, the Cycle Hub also hosts mechanic training to help unemployed people into work

t: 0191 276 7250; e:; Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; weekends 10am-6pm

8. Zappi's Bike Cafe

Named after Italian ex-pro Flavio Zappi, the eponymous cafe is credited with making the best coffee in Oxford, along with loose-leaf teas and smoothies.

After you've whet your appetite browsing commuter bikes, clothes, kit and retro second-hand bikes in the shop, Bike Zone, head upstairs for some refreshment. Zappi's also has a cycling club with three weekly rides including Saturday and Sunday club rides, a pretty natty kit, and a youth team.

t: 07506 997779; e:; Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm; Sun 10.30am-4.30pm

9. Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Penrith, Cumbria

At the crossroads of the Land's End to John o' Groats and C2C cycle routes, Greystoke offers towels and bike oil, pumps and maps, drinks, a tea garden and camping with a programme of quirky courses including bread making, coracle building and beekeeping if you're planning a longer stay.

t: 01768 483984; e:; open daily 10am-6pm. Easter to the end of September for cyclists and Fridays, Saturdays and the second Sunday of the month out of season.

10.Route 2 Cafe Bar
Topsham, Devon

On the Exe Estuary Trail along National Cycle Network Route 2 (hence its name), Route 2 provides locally renowned and sourced food in its eco cafe with, among other eco measures, low energy lighting and rainwater harvesting.

The shop provides bikes to hire and buy, and a good selection of kit. There's even accommodation and the occasional live band. A workshop offers repairs and maintenance and a club is in the offing this summer.

t: 01392 875085; e:; Tues-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun-Mon 8am-6pm

This article was originally published in the March 28 2013 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine - Ten great British cycling cafes By Laura Laker

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