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Friday, March 11, 2011

Will this be Franklinton Cycleworks with a coffee bar? [MSNBC Bike cafes story]

John Brecher  /  msnbc.com



By Tanya Mohn
msnbc.com contributor
updated 3/10/2011 1:09:18 PM ET
At bicycle cafés, travelers can stop for coffee, grab a bite to eat and get air in their tires or even a tune up, all at the same time. These cafés are proliferating across the country, enhancing the “in the saddle” experience for everyone from urban riders and hard-core cyclists to weekend warriors and tourists.
“In cycling culture, there is a strong connection to coffee,” said Gene Oberpriller, partner, One On One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis. “We’re the engine for the bike,” explained the former mountain bike racer, bike messenger and industry spokesman, whose café, opened in 2003 in the city’s warehouse district, he says is known for its quality bikes and service, hearty soup, low key vibe, and of course, great coffee.

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