Photo: Wheeler's Yard
The humble bicycle is growing in popularity as a mode of transport. It is not just any ol' bike people are buying – part of the draw is in being seen with a cool-looking ride.
With this blooming interest comes a new hybrid of eating places: get your bike serviced or shop for one, while enjoying a sandwich and a smooth cup of joe. We list three that are currently out there.
Coast and Company
A homegrown bicycle brand
Chill out in their minimalist industrial-chic cafe – concrete floors and sleek monotone furniture – whether you're after a bicycle or not. Coast and Company collaborated with cult coffee roasters Papa Palheta to bring you a sure-hit cuppa every time. They've also had chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket come up with a unique local-meets-west menu: a crowd favourite is the Rendang Hotdog ($14): thick, flavourful rendang gravy with beef chunks, heaped on a pork sausage that's sandwiched between a hotdog bun. To shop, head upstairs to the Coast Cycles Experience Centre. The sweat-averse can try the bikes out on the rolling trainer in the air-conditioned space, otherwise take them outside for a spin. The company was founded by ex-national cyclist and industrial designer Jansen Tan, who wanted to create a homegrown brand for well-designed urban bicycles – the signature, customisable model, the Coastliner, starts from $2,750. You'll find six Coast Cycles models available, plus a well-curated range of accessories from imported brands, and their own line, Coast Components. "My bikes are designed for people to cycle around the city and also as a lifestyle accessory. In order for the brand to be complete, I needed a space for people to hang out and mingle with other like-minded folks without feeling the pressure to buy anything. So I opened the cafe too," he says. We're glad he did.
Coast and Company | Address: 54 Siglap Drive | Tel: 66816681 | Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-10pm
Peloton Coffee and Juice Bar
For healthy cafe fare in a cosy space
Treat yourself to an espresso with milk (from $4) made with coffee beans from Oriole and pick from their rather small but value-for-money menu (they are looking to add more items) filled with healthy options like fruit juices, smoothies, tortilla wraps and muesli. Go for the smoked chicken ($6) tortilla wrap – it has large chunks of smoky chicken smeared with a sweet mango chutney, lettuce and tomato, encased in a crisp toasted tortilla wrap. Bike goodies include frame sets from Japanese brand Ceepo (from $2,400) and Canadian company Devinci (from $2,350), along with other apparel, bicycle parts, components and accessories. Soon, they'll be expanding the retail area and providing a bespoke bike-building service at a nearby space – you can either purchase parts from them or bring your own (there is a $120 to $150 building charge if so). Prices can start at $90 for handlebars, $800 for wheels and $2,500 for group sets. The owners of Peloton, some of whom are national triathletes themselves, wanted to start a retail space after seeing increasing demand on their triathlon gear website. They also wanted a hub where the triathlete community and other like-minded people could gather in – so what better way than to open an accompanying cafe too.
Peloton Coffee and Juice Bar | Address: #01-2008, 1 Changi Village Road | Tel: 65432771 | Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & Sun 8am-9pm
For cafe food with hipster backdrop
The first of the bicycle cafe-shops in the scene, Wheelers Yard is an Instagram playground, with hipster-cool backdrops galore – a vintage scooter, pretty bicycles and eclectic mismatched chairs are set against brick walls. The large 7,000 sq ft warehouse sits in an old industrial alley and while seats can fill up quick during peak hours, there's still lots of space around. Take a sip of their aromatic cappuccino ($5), and fill yourself with the standard cafe fare of sandwiches, cakes, burgers and brunch items. A customer favourite is the simple and comforting grilled chicken ($17.90), where you get a crisp, grilled boneless chicken leg with sauteed vegetables and a creamy mash. Want to purchase a ride? They've got a rainbow array of urban bicycles (from $1,900), customised and built in Taiwan, for your picking. You can also take your existing two-wheeler for a sprucing up at their workshop. Shop for a wide variety of accessories here too. Owner Tommy Ong initially thought of turning this old family property of a warehouse into a bicycle workshop. As the space was so big, he decided to add a cafe for customers to chill out and eat in.
Wheeler's Yard | Address: 28 Lorong Ampas | Tel: 62549128 | Opening hours: Tue-Thu 10.30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am-11pm, Sun 10.30am-10pm