A ‘cafe’ of cyclists…..

Some people ride bikes for exercise, pleasure, as a challenge, to beat their personal best…………others simply to justify the luxury coffee and large slab of cake they consume at the cafe stop. In fact, cafe stops are such an integral part of a cycling club’s routine ride that a perfect collective noun for cyclists could be a ‘cafe’ of cyclists…….

I do feel sorry for the ordinary customer, who wants a quiet coffee, and arrives to find this:2013-06-18 11.22.45

Now, roadies are usually a civilized bunch of people, but we do take up space, and some machines (trikes and recumbents) can’t be parked nice and neatly against a wall:2013-06-18 11.22.25The Olive Branch Cafe in Brixworth is owned by the Christian Fellowship, a charity that supports projects in the community, especially senior citizens. 2013-06-18 11.21.43They always make this crowd of wheelers feel welcome, and their prices are the cheapest anywhere in these parts. And venues like this make me put in the miles. There are days when I head out to do a round trip of 70-80 miles,……..just to have tea and cakes……..and enjoy the company of fellow roadies, of course. It’s worth it.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on June 24, 2013, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Tea and cake = fuel. We need fuel to cycle just as much as a car needs petrol. OK, admittedly cake probably isn’t the best kind of fuel, but it’s definitely the tastiest.

  2. Oh how I envy the lovely looking weather there! We have been having rain, rain and more rain so no bike riding at the moment. Hopefully it will be better weather soon.
    I like the idea of a “cafe of cyclists”.

  3. It coffee and banana bread in Australia, koffie and appeltaart in Nederland. Cycling wouldn’t be the same without them.

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