Something I have been meaning to bring online yet has been languishing, is a review portion to this blog. As I am riding on new equipment or gear or as I experience a new part of the bike culture in Denver I want to document it here. As stated this has been stalled out, not for lack, but due to my general slacker qualities.
Today we change this, and visit The Denver Bicycle Cafe.
They are located at 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, Colorado.
L. and I happened by the Cafe last fall while the Tour de Fat was wandering through Denver elsewhere. This afforded us a quiet crowd and a chance to look at the a Cafe.
As a space the Cafe is a little rough on the finish but comforting as the Third Place. Though they haven’t gone as far as couches and coffee tables, the hardtop tables and wooden chairs still invite the community into the space as both a service and a social atmosphere.
The interior is divided into a food-and-coffee side and a beer-and-mechanic side. This division works well, aside from putting the random grade-schooler adjacent to the beer. And this does happen. Pleasantly there were a couple grade-schoolers who wandered into the Cafe to take advantage of the mechanic and advice.
At the time we were in there were two barista/bartenders on duty with a mechanic staffing the bike bar. Each of the three were knowledgeable and friendly, bringing further pleasantry to the space.
The mechanic was worth a minute of people watching. During our time in the Cafe, as mentioned, a grade-school aged boy brought his bike into the shop with a flat tire. The Mechanic on-duty offered help/tools/direction as needed but mostly allowed the young man to fix his own issue. He did step in when the boy was struggling or would point out a how-to when the boy was stumped. All-in-all he approached both this young customer and later, older customers with patience and confidence. Though I didn’t step into the conversations, I could see the mechanic approached each customer where they were rather than with pretension.
At the bar we had much the same experience with the barista/bartenders. They were on the ball and knowledgeable without sliding into the pretension that can become so unpleasant. Our questions about their brews and roasts were met with as much enthusiasm as our questions about the company itself.
The tastes of the menu are going to appeal to the micro-brew fan or the coffee snob in you, with just enough food to cushion the impact of throwing back an espresso and a beer.
As Spring is fast approaching, the Denver Bicycle Cafe has a large outdoor space that is sure to endear it as a happy hour favorite.
The location offers easy sidewalk access, as well as plenty of bike parking and immediate adjacency to RTD Route 20. DON’T expect to find street parking though. The available parking is entirely dependent upon the time of day and day of week.
I think my favorite thing about the Denver Bicycle Cafe is that you can join them as you would a gym membership and have access to their entire tool bench. The prices for membership sounded reasonable to me last fall, considering the cost of tools themselves. If this interests you I would suggest calling for details.
Or just drop in to have a pint of Denver Bike and Beer culture.