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Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar looking for new tenants

Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar looking for new tenants

Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar looking for new tenants

Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar looking for new tenants

Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar looking for new tenants

I was disappointed to see a lease sign on the Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar today. Unfortunately, the business never really did flourish. If I were a new business owner, what would I do differently?

  • Open early in the morning to tap into people commuting to work. Close early afternoon. Make sure your opening and closing times are clearly stated and you keep to them. Several times we rode by around 7am in the morning looking to stop for a coffee and Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar was not yet open!
  • Offer a reusable travel mug that fits in a cycle bottle cage — cyclists can grab a coffee and keep on riding!
  • Tap into the cycling market — offer some incentives for ride groups to start and finish their rides there.
  • As part of the new lease, get Brisbane City Council to construct some sound barriers between the roadway and the café. It actually was not very pleasant sitting there with peak hour traffic only metres away.
  • Provide some shade in summer — even early morning, if someone has just finished a 40 km ride, they will be looking for some shade.
  • Combine the juice and coffee bar into one booth (they used to be separate booths, meaning both had to be staffed). This will cut your staffing costs, but also allow the other booth to be used for other purposes.
  • Use the spare booth to offer bicycle servicing and tube/tyre/spare part sales — people can drop their bike there on the way to the CBD and pick it up on the way home. Offer loan bikes so that people can complete their ride into the CBD.
  • Employ a great barista! The coffee wasn’t bad, but cyclists are highly mobile so will ride to the café that serves the best coffee, has the best atmosphere, etc.
  • Get some cycling memorabilia and hang it around the place — cyclists love to look at other bikes.

Whoever takes up the new lease, I wish you well. I love to support facilities that support cyclists.

Cell Bikes singlespeed in endurance mode

I am riding the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge 100 km ride on my Cell Bikes singlespeed this weekend. I was planning to ride non-stop, so one of the challenges was getting enough fluid on the bike to stay hydrated. I stopped at Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar and took a few photos of my setup.

The Cell Bikes fixie frame has one set of braze-ons for a water bottle cage on the down tube. It does not have a second set on the seat tube like most road bikes. The solution was a set of Elite VIP Bottle Cage Clamps with a stealth black Elite Custom Race Resin Cage purchased from Wiggle. I have read that sometimes these mounts can slide down the frame tube. Because I have only had it on the bike for a couple of rides, I have tied a piece of spectra line around the top tube as an insurance measure. Over the last 70 km of riding, the cage clamps have not moved, so I may remove the spectra line after the Brisbane to Gold Coast ride.

The cage at the back of the saddle is less successful. This is a Tacx bottle cage saddle mount with a stealth black Elite Custom Race Resin Cage. The Tacx saddle mount can be set up with one bottle cage or two. I originally set it up with two cages, but even with bottles only half full, unfortunately it sagged. I set it up with only one cage for this ride, and the first bump going out of our street, it sagged again. I continued riding to see whether it would eject the bottle. Sure enough, halfway down Highgate Hill at about 50 km/h, the bottle launched from the cage. I can’t blame the Elite cage. They were not designed for saddle mounting and have performed faultlessly on my frame mounts for thousands of kilometres. The Tacx saddle mount, on the other hand, should not move from the position that I mounted it in.

The upshot is, I will be removing the Tacx saddle mount and just riding with two bottles mounted in the frame. It looks like it will be at least one stop on the Brisbane to Gold Coast ride for me this year.

Cell Bikes singlespeed at Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar

Cell Bikes singlespeed at Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar

Three bottle cages on my Cell Bikes singlespeed

Three bottle cages on my Cell Bikes singlespeed

This is the position I wanted the Tacx bottle cage saddle mount to be in

This is the position I wanted the Tacx bottle cage saddle mount to be in — an upright position would minimise the chances of the bottle being ejected

No matter how tight I did up the bolt on the Tacx bottle cage saddle mount, the bottle kept sagging

No matter how tight I did up the bolt on the Tacx bottle cage saddle mount, the bottle kept sagging

Elite VIP bottle cage clamps

Elite VIP bottle cage clamps — the spectra line is my insurance policy against the clamps slipping

Elite VIP bottle cage clamps

Elite VIP bottle cage clamps

Enjoying the view of the Brisbane River and CBD

Enjoying the view of the Brisbane River and CBD

Blackboard art at Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar

Blackboard art at Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar