This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 128.
17 August 2016
Outspoken Cycles invited the Cambridge cycling community to join them in celebrating their recent move to their new, larger premises on Cowley Road, aptly named ‘The Bike Depot’.
Guests were entertained by a cycle-powered sound system, took part in sprint challenges on a pair of static bikes and had fun with bike-powered slot car racing. Unusual cycles – like the Circe Cycles’ reclined tandem Morphius and a seat-less ‘Halfbike’ – were available to test ride and You Can Bike Too were there showing off their fantastic, all-ability cycles.
Outspoken’s mechanics were on-hand providing a ‘Dr Bike’ repair service for partygoers’ cycles. Even the food and drink was cycle-powered! Bikes to blend smoothies and grind coffee beans, and ice creams from Jack’s Gelato’s cargo-trike. BlackBar Brewery had arrived early, towing their very tasty beer.
Camcycle members were well represented, and made the most of the entertainment whilst showing off our new banner and chatting with party guests about our work. As well as providing offices for each of Outspoken’s business arms and office space available to sublet, the Bike Depot will also act as a cycling resource centre with information available from the council, You Can Bike Too and ourselves. It is a very exciting prospect that a hub of cycling organisations may form at the Bike Depot, supporting and promoting Cambridge’s cycling culture.
Since moving premises in May we’ve been busy developing our new home on Cowley Road into a cycling resource centre, or Bike Depot. To celebrate its opening we threw a bikethemed party where members of the cycling community gathered for an evening of food, drinks and cycling chat.
Our new home is considerably bigger than our last premises and, apart from housing our cycling businesses – cycle logistics, training, events and bike maintenance – we aim to create a space where the cycling community can come to find out more about what’s happening in and around our lovely city.
We’re particularly interested in welcoming anyone new to cycling and hope to help them access all the services they need, from suggesting particular bike shops to letting them know about the many varied cycle rides going on. We’ve got lots of ideas, from cycle cinemas to evening talks. Please do let us know your thoughts on how we could best use the space.
Among the new services we shall be offering will be bike hire including ebikes, tandems and trikes, a cycle workshop and a bigger mix of maintenance training including the option to Fix Your Own Bike under the guidance of a qualified mechanic. All this will of course complement our existing services. We’d love to welcome you here so do please come and say hi and give us your feedback!
We also have an amazing new coffee trike: you can cycle it to wherever you want – no electricity needed to make the coffee of course. Park up, flick the clutch and next minute those great cycling legs are grinding the beans and pumping the water. It’s an ingenious design that we’ll be taking to events around Cambridge and beyond. Thanks to Hot Numbers’ great beans, our coffee is remarkably good too. Although the coffee bike will be out at events most of the time, we’re hoping to offer refreshments from the Bike Depot soon so you can relax while your bike is being serviced or mull over all the cycling information that’s on offer.
Our thanks to everyone who came along to the party for making it such an enjoyable evening; we hope to see you again soon.