Coffee and bikes. The two things go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s a universal truth that a “coffee shop ride” is a light coast with friends to find the best cappuccino in town. The ritual is a bonding experience within the two-wheeled community. Coffee shops are a place to relax, swap stories, and appreciate the fine art of the perfect roast. Here in California, there are countless of cycling-friendly coffee shop stops up and down the state, and we’ve spotlighted some of the most exclusive.
Tap into the cycling lifestyle by visiting one of the many Rapha clubhouses around the world, but for this article, we’re talking about Los Angeles. This spot is in Santa Monica and has all the amenities of a fine coffee house, but more. There’s live racing, panel discussions, workshops, and light meals.
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Located in Los Angeles, this is a coffee shop, fueled by cyclists, that has more than just a delicious caffeinated beverage. It’s open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is a one-stop shop for bike maintenance, group rides, and even a clothing line. Indeed a cycling microcosm, à bloc has it all and lives up to its English translation, “Flat out. Going as hard as possible.”
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Cat and Cloud
An idyllic setting, Cat and Cloud is the best spot in Santa Cruz for a cup of coffee and atmosphere that only Santa Cruz can deliver. It feels like a retreat from reality, a playground of freedom where no one gets old, and flower power is in full effect and beautiful. The city has designated bike paths and amazing trails, making it an incredible cycling destination that is topped off by a fantastic coffee shop.
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The Inland Empire has plenty of hidden gems, and Redlands’ Augie’s Coffee is one of them. Not only is the riding in the area spectacular, but historic downtown Redlands is also quaint, eclectic, and full of unique flavor. Speaking of flavor, Augie’s has your coffee drink nailed. After riding one of the Redlands Classic routes, stop by their Redlands location, just a couple blocks away from the criterium and Sunset Loop finish line, to decompress with a cup of java and take home a bag of their in-house roast to share with friends.
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Calabasas and Malibu are home to incredible vistas, vibrant wildflowers, and some of the best riding in the state. Ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and have a leisurely ride or turn into the hills to challenge yourself. Whatever you do, be sure to stop by Pedalers Fork after your adventure. It’s a full-service restaurant, bar, bike shop and coffee shop that is passionate about giving back. It’s guaranteed that each purchase you make at Pedalers Fork, a percentage will go back to the cycling community.
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Independently owned by a La Verne local, Cactus Coffee is a coffee shop that might not be cycling-centric, but its foundation is built on bringing people together. That unique atmosphere you’re always looking for with a coffee shop is right here. Opened in 2017, they already have a loyal cycling following who frequent the establishment regularly.
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After opening in 2014, Tahoe’s north shore Coffeebar has done nothing but grow into the adventure-oriented mountain communities’ hearts. More than just a coffee shop, the Italian inspired establishment modus operandi is: “hospitalians first, baristas and chefs second.” You know when you step into a Coffeebar, you’ll not only get some awesome coffee and eats, you’ll come away feeling like part of the unique culture.
Based on its Italian translation for “food,” Sausalito’s coffee shop and restaurant is family owned and proud of their deep roots in the Italian culinary tradition. When you go, you’ll find that not only is the coffee exquisite, so are their breakfast and lunch food offerings like fresh paninis, a range of delicious pastries and breakfast concoctions. Cibo’s the perfect apres-ride stop when exploring Marin County.
Andytown Coffee Roasters
A quintessential San Francisco experience, Andytown Coffee Roasters delivers excellent in-house roasted coffee and espresso with a cozy feel. With three locations in Outer Sunset and a new flagship café downtown, the bike friendly coffee and pastry professionals are constantly striving to produce the perfect cup and it shows through the shop’s popularity in the Bay Area.
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