We are proud to be an independent business that is run by its owners, it means we can do things the way we want according to what we believe in.
One of our biggest reasons for wanting to run a cycle café was our belief in cycling as a whole and the community that surrounds it. Whether you are a competitive cyclist, a weekend warrior, or just use a bike for getting around town what is important is that you are keeping active (something that is increasingly important as sedentary lifestyles and the problems that come with them are a symptom of our time). Health is something often taken for granted but something that is so precious. We hope more and more people take up cycling in the future and believe that it is already something we are starting to see.
We also believe that as an inner city mode of transport the importance of cycling and the necessary infrastructure that goes along with it cannot be understated. We are proud that Bordeaux ranks highly in the Copenhagenize Index, which measures bicycle-friendliness in cities around the world. But more can still be done and the more people there are on bikes the more chance there is of this happening. This is why we believe strongly in community and want to create a hub (excuse the pun) where cyclists can meet at any time and all things cycling related in Bordeaux can be discussed. Our opinion is that the more bike and pedestrian friendly a city is the nicer a place to live in it is, which no one can say is a bad thing!
Cycling also has a low environmental impact which is an ethos that we’ve tried to build other aspects of our business around. We source a lot of our produce from local producers at Capucins market and buy our coffee in the Chartrons (meaning also that we can do our shopping on our bikes 🙂 While setting up we also aimed to leave as low an impact as possible recovering furniture from garage sales and shop closings. It might mean are décor isn’t 100% homogeneous but actually that’s the way we like it.
Aside from that the values we deem most important in everything we do from bikes to coffee are quality, durability, versatility and timelessness.