OK bike buffs, it’s time to take off the training wheels (and maybe pick out some looser active wear), ‘cause your balanced diet starts today! And by balanced, we mean on two wheels. Relax.
When the only fuel our transport needs is a good eggs benny, you can pretty much assume it’s our favourite way to travel, so we were all too happy to hunt down Brisbane’s best cyclist friendly spots. Strap on that helmet and get ready to roll: it’s ride or diet.
Our visits to this Riding Road spot (nudge, nudge) are becoming a vicious cycle. Do we pick the pancakes with coffee cream cheese? Do we order the hash brown stack? Do we accept the fact that those pre-brekky rides are no longer optional?
We just can’t handle(bar) the irony: this trendy cycle-inspired café was once the workshop of a local cycling champ. Perch at a table beneath the hanging bike for their famous brekky Buddha bowl, housemade granola, and fresh juices.
PSA: if the name didn’t give this one away, you’re clearly in need of a coffee. Boasting bicycle-themed digs and plenty of room to park your ride, this popular refueling spot dishes out freshly baked Italian pastries and sandwiches to daily cyclist crowds.
End of the road, start to a regretfully oversized feast. Clamber onto this famous New Farm balcony for healthy starts, gourmet toasties with blue cheese and prosciutto (we’ll have five, thanks), and cheeky salted caramel and chocolate ganache tarts. Yeah, we usually have to stop to make sure our bikes are the only things rolling.
Time to get pumped! (And we’re not talking about your tyres.) Cruise down by the waters of Portside Wharf for a post-ride meal from Treecycle’s locally-focused menu and Colombian coffee roasts.
Set your ride on Rose & Edward’s wall-mounted racks – you’ll want both hands for this menu. The cleverly-dubbed menu items – like ‘The Staple,’ their bacon and egg wrap – are so good, you’ll even forget about that helmet hair.
Due for a service? This hole-in-the-wall South Bank spot is loved by the early-morning cyclist crowd. With plenty of spots to park and enough smashed avo to have you effortlessly cruising across the Go Between bridge, this one’s right in our wheelhouse.
Lining up behind a crowd of waiting cars? Pass. Our new fuel station is the Campos local roastery, and with bike racks lined on the wall, it’s perfect for Valley cyclists running on empty. Grab gourmet plates without spending a pretty penny (or penny-farthing, amirite?), like their buckwheat pancakes topped in zucchini, prosciutto, manchego and egg.
Tyred of the bike jokes yet? OK, wheel stop.
Words by Samantha Chariton