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Bike cafes are popping up in all of the major cities and along all of the UK’s major cycling routes.

Stop by one of these to learn how to fix your bike yourself or hand it over to the professionals to work on whilst you tuck into a toasted sandwich or enjoy a mug of steaming coffee.

Here are ten top bike cafes we think you must visit!

[part title="1) Look Mum No Hands!, London"]

look mum no hands

With a daily changing seasonal menu, great smoothies, craft beers and top coffee, Look Mum No Hands! in London’s east end is the perfect place to stop off pre or post-cycle. It also has a fully-functioning workshop with on site mechanics offering same-day repairs.

And for those eager to get to grips with the mechanics of their bike themselves, the bike cafe offers basic bicycle maintenance courses each month which can be booked online.

Top bike cafes are great hangouts, even if you’re not out on your bike but fancy being surrounded by those that are, stop by to watch a bike-themed film or cycle race projected on the big screen.

49 Old Street, London

[part title="2) Roll for the Soul, Bristol"]

roll for the soul

Get your bike serviced or repaired in the workshop whilst sipping a Fairtrade coffee or tucking into a veggie feast in the cafe next door. Roll for the Soul is a not-for-profit bike cafe, workshop and bike shop run by Bristol’s cyclists for Bristol’s cyclists - and they welcome non-riders too.

With a menu famous for its tasty hot and cold wraps and rolls, and its top secret recipe for the scrumptious Soul Burger, the cafe also serves up a range of Bristol Beer Factory beers, fruity ciders and refreshing wines.

If you find yourself in Bristol without your beloved bike you can rent one from the cycle cafe here too and the workshop also offers private bike maintenance tuition.

2 Quay Street, Bristol

[part title="3) Velo Cafe, Brighton"]

velo cafe

This eco-conscious cafe prides itself on its wildlife friendly roof, rainwater harvesting system, air source heating and solar thermal and PV panels. Of course, it only uses ingredients sourced from local eco-friendly suppliers in its menu items too.

Locals can use Velo Cafe as a meeting point before a ride and start the day’s cycling with a healthy smoothie, or end their ride here with an Apres Hot Recovery Drink.

Top bike cafes are a great place to looking for new cycling buddies. Velo Cafe organise social rides that start and end at the bike cafe and cover 20-30 miles every Wednesday and Sunday. There is also a workshop to get your bike serviced and a shop to buy Velo merchandise.

Rose Walk, The Level, Brighton

[part title="4) The Cycle Hub, Newcastle upon Tyne"]

the cycle hub

Whether you want to join a local cycling club, go on a guided ride, get a puncture fixed, hire a bike or just sip a coffee whilst flicking through a magazine, The Cycle Hub is the destination of choice for Newcastle’s cyclists.

Set beside the River Tyne, the bike cafe is a great starting point for a gentle ride along the river or for a pleasant flat start to a more intense ride. Printed route maps for all abilities can be picked up for free from the cafe’s information centre or riders with GPS devices or smart phones can download GPX file or PDF versions from the website.

The cycle cafe serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and ice creams and also organises social and guided rides for those that book in advance.

Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne

[part title="5) Your Bike Shed, York"]

your bike shed

Serving freshly ground coffee to York’s bike mad masses, Your Bike Shed gives cyclists a place to relax whilst having their bike serviced or repaired and non-riders a great space to meet up with friends for a delicious lunch.

The open plan kitchen serves up an array of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups and cakes from breakfast through to close whilst the repair shop fixes up all types of bicycles from BMXs to vintage classics.

For a spot of quiet reading, or if you fancy hosting an event in the bike cafe, the basement gallery, with it’s cluster of urban art and bike frames, makes for the perfect setting.

148/150 Micklegate, York

[part title="6) Velocity, Inverness"]

velocity

Book a workbench in the repair shop to fix up your own bike (with or without assistance) or take an evening class to learn the ins and outs of bike maintenance at Velocity.

Open seven days a week, the bike cafe serves up mugs of steaming tea, wholesome sandwiches and hearty bowls of homemade soup with big hunks of bread on the side.

Velocity also organises a series of events including film nights, quiz nights, guest speakers, music evenings, pop up dinners and social cycle rides - details of these can be found on their online calendar. The cafe is also available to hire for private events.

1 Crown Avenue, Inverness

[part title="7) Micycle, London"]

micycle

Become a member of Micycle, Islington to gain unlimited access to the workshop, nab yourself a free service, use the bike wash whenever you like and get a 10% discount on all bikes.

Different grades of membership are available to suit your needs. Micycle also offers bike maintenance courses and has a Micycle Ambulance that will pick up that unusable bike clogging up your hallway and return it to you fully functioning a day or so later.

Bianchi and Bobbin bikes are for sale in the shop and this place loves bikes so much that they will even stencil a bike frame into your coffee foam.

47 Barnsbury Street, Islington, London

[part title="8) One Planet Adventure, Denbighshire"]

oneplanet adventure

Nestled in Coed Llandegla Forest in North Wales, One Planet Adventure is the feeding ground of the hundreds of riders that flock here to try out the 44km of purpose built mountain trails the forest offers.

As well as the bike cafe, there’s also a workshop and a bike shop and the centre provides skills courses for families and individuals. Visitors to the area can hire a bike and choose to join a guided ride or set out on their own. The bacon sandwiches are award-winning too.

Coed Llandegla Forest, Denbighshire, North Wales

[part title="9) Ronde, Edinburgh"]

ronde

A bicycle shop and a cafe, Ronde is a coffee and bike lovers haven in Stockbridge. The shop sells all types of bikes from road bikes to 29ers, and sportives to urbans, as well as a range of clothing and accessories.

The bike cafe keeps cyclists going with cups of coffee, sweet pastries and steaming bowls of soup. Visitors can relax in the tranquil space and admire the contemporary photographs and prints on display or flick through a magazine.

For those trying to meet a cycling goal, Ronde can create individually tailored training plans too.

66-68 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

[part title="10) Route 2, Topsham"]

route 2 2

Located along the National Cycle Network’s Route 2, the Route 2 bike cafe, bar and cycle shop is fast-becoming Topsham’s cycling hub.

The eco-cafe opens early each day to serve up their famous breakfasts to get cyclists ready for a day’s exertion and stays open throughout the day serving coffee, tea, juices, local ales, fine wines and simple, tasty dishes.

Route 2 also has a few serviced apartments which can be rented by the night or the week and can be reserved online. Live music and open mic nights occasionally take place on Friday and Saturday nights at the cafe, look online to see when the next event is.

1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham

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