On this blog we’re going to feature all sorts of urban cycling stories, reviews and news to keep you inspired about cycling in all its forms.
To kickstart our first story, I decided to check out London’s CycleLab & JuiceBar.
Opened in 2010 by Hungarian-born Krisz, CycleLab & JuiceBar is a multifaceted business that sells (and repairs) bikes, cycling accessories and other health-related goods. Plus, it offers bike-related workshops and more recently, yoga classes. Having raced BMXs from the age of seven until his early 20s and as a knowledgeable fixer of bikes for many years, Krisz is the perfect advocate for all things cycling.
What’s different about his business is that it champions new, up and coming cycling products from independent manufacturers. He’s keen to bring exciting goods to market, and is particularly proud to stock Ritte, No22 and Bombtrack.
The cafe part of the shop sells premium coffee and lush smoothies to takeaway or enjoy at their breakfast-style bar. The coffee beans come from Square Mile Coffee Roasters, and Krisz was taught by James Hoffman (of Square Mile) on how to make a proper coffee with his beans.
I visited mid-morning and immediately noticed the jovial atmosphere. The customers seemed to know Krisz and his staff, likewise Krisz and co seemed to know their customers. There was a rapport between them, the sort of rapport you only find between regular customers and passionate shop owners. Easy listening music was playing in the background, and the widescreen TV was showing live cycling on mute.
I was made a flat white, using Square Mile’s Redbrick, a 50/50 blend of Columbian and Brazilian beans, and it was damn good. I also recommend the Acai smoothie, made with bananas, apples, honey and of course Acai. It’s a sizeable helping, almost a meal in itself, and very tasty.
A lot of thought has gone into this shop. The coffee is not only delicious, but is served in 100% compostable cups. Even the lamp shades are made from cycling jerseys, hand stitched by “a lady round the corner”. And they had their first in-store yoga session the night before, which they plan to hold fortnightly.
This place is more than just inner tubes and pretty bike frames. It’s a community of easy going cyclists and healthy living enthusiasts. Go and pay them a visit!
CycleLab & JuiceBar is in the heart of Shoreditch at 16B-18A Pitfield St, London N1 6EY
Ben from the Litelok team