“It has been full since we opened; it’s like there was pent up demand” It's no accident that as the number of bike enthusiasts has soared, specialist shops are popping up all over, where riders can meet, have a great expressos and do running repairs. There is potential for these retail destinations to become social centres for cycling - and adding cafe culture to the mix certainly assists with this. These accessible spaces can excite the lycra-clad experienced rider, whilst not intimidating the newbie.