Tokyo Bike Bar Caters To Growing Number Of Road Cyclists In Japan
The two-story community space offers a place to work out and relax for non-bike owners and riders alike, and is completely staffed by bartenders and assistants who are also cyclists
The dense streets of Tokyo might not seem like the idea place for cycling culture to flourish, but Japan’s largest city is home to a well-established and growing number of cyclists. Most of the bike riders you’ll see in Tokyo are commuters. There exists a healthy sport cycling scene, and new gym/bar space hopes to become a destination for road cycling enthusiasts to work out, grab a drink and share stories.
CYCLE:HOLIC is a two-story space located a few minutes walk from Tokyo’s anime mecca neighborhood of Akihabara. The close location relationship may attract some fans of the cycling-themed anime series Yowamushi Pedal and Long Riders! However, CYCLE:HOLIC’s core audience is road cyclists, and the space provides a number of amenities tailored to them.
The upper floor is home to the road bike training gym. The space can be used by anyone, whether they have a bike and gear or not. CYCLE:HOLIC rents cycling shoes and cycling jerseys and provides a changing room and shower.
Indoor training sessions can be done on a Zwift-powered riding simulator. CYCLE:HOLIC staff assist people with hooking up their own bikes to the simulator or they can use one of the in-house road bikes. The training gym is set up for both frequent cyclists who want to augment their outdoor rides and don’t have indoor space for a trainer of their own as well as people who want to get a ride in after work and can’t bring all their gear to the office.
The bar and social space is located on the lower floor. A wraparound, 13-seat counter was designed to promote conversation. There are bike racks available for guests to store their bikes indoors instead of out on the street. The menu offers cycling themed drinks and snacks that can help recharge or relax after a ride.
CYCLE:HOLIC offers a choice of four different protein shakes with an all-you-can-drink option. For cyclists really looking to undo the pain of a ride, the bottomless glass service extends to alcoholic drinks as well.
One last touch to add uniqueness to the experience at CYCLE:HOLIC is the staff. Bartenders and assistants are all either serious or amateur cyclists themselves and wear cycling kit while working. They’re encouraged to talk all things cycling with guests trading riding stories and geeking out on the latest gear.
Images: CYCLE:HOLIC via PRTimes