I was told yesterday that a new cycling cafe had opened very recently, called "Bike Chain" and today I went down for a look.
And a cup of tea of course, although £1.95 actually provided me a very generous pot of tea.
At the moment it doesn't feel very "bikey" - there's a couple of shiny frames hanging from the wall and various 50s pictures of Coppi types in their woollen jerseys and hidden vials full of amphetamine mixed with strychnine. It also doesn't have an ideal location from a cycling point of view; organised rides are more likely to start from Rumbles because of its location slightly out of town nearer quieter roads.
However it is doing a roaring trade from the retail park, I'm told, and soon there will be a bike shop, sports massage clinic and repair facility on the site. So I hope it goes well for them.
Not far away, behind the retail park, a little oasis of wildflowers was providing food for a high number of bees, bumbles, butterflies and a little mint moth - I think.
Further along the river, an angler on a cruiser hauled out a big bream from the castle reach while I watched.
I love living near the river.
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