Colorado Springs is a bike town, and bike advocates are working hard to make it a bike mecca. An excise tax passed in 1988 has helped fund improvements on the city’s trails and bike routes. Local bike shops cohabitate with major chains such as REI. And some of the newest stars in the biking world – fat bikes – are manufactured here. People are excited about bikes and showed up to line city streets in 2013 and 14 when the USA Pro Challenge came through. On the north end of the city, Café Velo is feeding cyclists’ appetites for gear and coffee. What’s not to love about a coffee shop that’s also a state-of-the-art bike shop? Café Velo features beans from Ozo Coffee in Boulder, CO, and they serve espresso, coffee, tea and food. For breakfast, try the house-made muffins or scones or the healthy acai bowl with soy or apple juice, granola or hemp seed. Inventive salads, sandwiches and bowls are featured on the lunch menu – Michi’s Salad features spinach, quinoa, celery, avocado, tomato and turkey. The bike shop sells Specialized, BMC, Orbea, Fuji, Cervelo, Focus and Breezer brands, accessories and clothing, and nutrition products for cyclists. Café Velo also services bikes and offers free safety checks.
What makes it great:
On-site mechanics can diagnose and work on bikes quickly here. And with the Café Velo menu, you can fine-tune your body as well – smoothies are packed with acai berries, green goodies or chia seeds. You can take home various house-made bars, cookies and even chocolate-covered acai berries. The breakfast menu features healthful offerings with beans, whole wheat tortillas, acai and organic granola and steel cut oatmeal. Lunch takes the same road with an emphasis on organic (spinach and quinoa), whole wheat tortillas, and salads livened up with Tuscan kale.
Who will love it:
Bike lovers can shop for road bikes, triathlon bikes, and mountain and commuting bikes. Riders can also schedule a body geometry bike fit, which includes a 20-point physical assessment, written report and up to one-hour follow-up appointment in the next 30 days. The accessories department features shoes, helmets, tools and bike parts, along with clothing and nutrition products. Café Velo has a group on meetup.com for training and social activities, which include weekly Saturday morning rides and women’s rides on Sunday mornings once a month. And the club has a race team and corporate sponsors.
Directions, fees and regulations:
From downtown Colorado Springs, take I-25 north to exit 153 for Interquest Parkway.
Turn left on Voyager Parkway and left on Ridgeline Drive. Café Velo is on the right, at 11550 Ridgeline Drive, Suite 102. Hours for the café are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours for the shop are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Café Velo at (719) 772-6101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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