In European bike-race culture, “The Broomwagon” is a mechanic van/ first aid crew that “sweeps” behind a race, picking up injured or worn out riders unable to make it to the end and fixing broken bikes that have fallen behind. It was the perfect symbol of what we hoped to become for our local bike culture.
We believe bike shops should be fun, warm places. A hub for a variety of cycling communities, as well as the neighborhood community. A place where new riders and non-riders would feel comfortable coming into a bike shop and hanging out with experienced riders and bike-professionals. How do we get there?
Enter The Broomwagon Cafe.
In designing a bike shop that was welcoming to all, we created a monster. We decided early on we weren’t going to make our bikeshop with a cafe… we had to make a Bike Shop AND a Cafe. Two independently impressive shops in one wonderfully symbiotic relationship.
Our baristas and our kitchen crew are phenomenally skilled in their craft. They churn out outstanding coffee, smoothies & milkshakes, good beer, as well as local but affordable, supremely-tasty food.
The Broomwagon Cafe is a powerhouse with just about anything you need to wake up, satisfy the gullet, or relax the nerves after a long ride or a tough day at work… Add wifi, ample seating, a sunny courtyard with picnic tables and food/flower gardens, with a kid and pet friendly atmosphere… and we have become a neighborhood hot-spot with dozens of daily regulars, every day, seven days a week. Check out our menu page for more info on what our incredible cafe has to offer.
And Broomwagon Bikes is not a typical bike shop… even forgetting that it is attached to a world-class cafe. Broomwagon’s bike service can be done right before your eyes at our bike bar. We have no back room stands. Our mechanics are out in the public view as we aim to educate and engage our customers as much as possible. Secondly we are not a “Big Three” dealer. We run our own show with the vendors we like. Our walls and our floor are only stocked what we find particularly cool and necessary. We don’t believe in stocking huge amounts of inventory, and then having to push it on our customers to keep it moving. We believe in learning from our customers about their personal riding style and helping them figure out for themselves what is best for their specific needs.
Any part, accessory, or bike you need, no matter how big or small, we are happy to consult with you, giving you our professional advice. However, if we don’t have what is right for you in stock, we have a streamlined ordering processes that can get you whatever you need. We have accounts with over 40 vendors all stocking different bikes, parts, and accessories to choose from.. we have so many bikes available to order that we hired our local web developers to build an online catalog for us, just so that we could keep them all straight. Check them out under “Shop Bikes“.
Community isn’t a sticker Broomwagon tags onto marketing banners. Community our foundation and our fabric. Broomwagon is a community, built by the community, for the community. Come join us.