I love bicycles and i love food too. Simple. Healthy. Beautiful. Wheeler's Yard in Singapore is a showroom for custom and restored bicycles, as well as a retail space for commuter accessories and cycling gear. It is a classic cafe with the cyclist in mind. Healthy, on-the-go upcakes, snacks, coffee and a variety of freshly made juices and smoothies. Bring your bicycle for a check-up while you sit down and enjoy some wholesome food and drink.
Part cafe, part bicycle repair shop, this newcomer’s dual identity allows diners to munch on toasted cinnamon bagels while their gears are tuned. Even non-cyclists have to admit that Wheeler's Yard's location is a pleasant breakfast spot, where fruit and honey can be chased with scrambled eggs and tempting pastries. Wheeler's Yard is quirky and informal, with the gentle clinking of spanners lending a friendly community feel.
Whether you’re stepping off on a weekday morning commuting to work, looping around the nearby park or cruising through life on a relaxed weekend afternoon, this is a bicycle friendly business where you can unstrap your helmet, peel off your gloves and wrap your palms around a warming coffee or a quenching brew.
It appears that drinking and driving do indeed mix, at least when the drink is coffee and the vehicle is a bicycle. Two consumer trends - the constant demand for high-end java and a growing number of people cycle for exercise, have combined in recent years to produce a hybrid: the bike shop and coffee bar.
How do I get in? The entrance is just round at the corner.
W for Wheeler’s in Wheelers Yard.
There is a large selection of food attempted by most cafe lovers, as well as the more usual sandwiches and baked pies.
The big room is decorated on a cycling theme and is clearly much loved by locals. On Saturday lunchtime there was standing room only, with what looked like half the nearby residents (singles, couples, families with young children) packed in to eat and drink. I can see why they love the place, due to the fact that there isn't many of such bike-themed cafes in Singapore.
Various designs of bicycles are decorated and placed on the tables. The interior has very high ceiling which give a sense of spaciousness in a land scarce of Singapore.
Located in an industrial area at Lorong Ampas off Balestier Road, in the midst of heavy industries and a old sleepy neighborhood (site is previously a rundown carpentry workshop), it fills a gap of a cyclist hangout in the area. Large space with high ceilings make this an ideal place to grab a coffee, get some work done, tune up your bike or meet up with some friends.
Vintage furniture can be found at the old-charm setting in Wheeler's Yard.
Caught sight of a pair of vintage cum retro-looking barbers' chairs too.
In the shop we have a selection of great frames and parts. With lugged joints and colourful steel tubing, they are an obeisance to the classics from back in the days.
Wheeler's Yard has a fantastic range of steel and aluminum frames. Pretty much everything you could wish for. Every bike they build is a result of a good chat with the customer on their needs.
The emergence of the cafes to changes in the retail market, which has seen traditional bike shops have been squeezed by the internet and by chain stores. Independent bike stores like Wheeler's Yard realised they needed to do more to build a community. Bike workshops have always been a social centre in cycling and what is happening now is that people are realising they need to offer more.
Some retro-looking bicycles for the kids too.
Wheeler's Yard wanted to keep their venue as the main attraction, with cycling imagery within a close second. Simplicity and an industrial look were their goals, which fits the space very well.
I think it’s safe to say that all bicycle cafe’s are not only meant for people who love bicycles. Wheeler's Yard is a place where everyone is welcome and even if the customers aren’t bicycle lovers when they walk in, hopefully they will be by the time they walk out. Wheeler's Yard is a cafe that is passionate about cycling, but is also a place where people with all interests can feel at home.
The key interest at Wheeler's Yard is to enhance and grow the culture of enjoyment around coffee and cycling, i humbly ask you to join them in their effort. Please be a frequent visitor of the Wheeler's Yard!
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