The congruence of cycling and coffee is evident as you walk along Sackville Street in Collingwood toward Local Loops Cycling Club, a collective space for cyclists and coffee-lovers alike. At popular neighbouring cafes Everyday Coffee and Acoffee, you’ll often see bikes parked out the front, and lycra-clad riders sipping iced filter or double espresso shots, fuelling up for the rest of the ride.
The street already nails outstanding roasts in converted warehouse spaces, but Local Loops brings something new. In a former auto workshop, you’ll find the new flagship store of cycling label Pedla, as well as a space for spin classes, and a small coffee and snack operation called Tom’s. Local Loops also runs group bike rides on Tuesday and Friday mornings, commencing and ending at the wooden tables in the concreted front courtyard.
“I come here every morning and it feels like a bar,” says co-founder and creative director Marcin Wojcik. “Everyone’s sitting around catching up on things before going to work.”
Wojcik founded Pedla along with Justin Abrahams (founder of women’s fashion and homewares label Husk, now sold). While Wojcik was studying at the Victorian College of Arts, Abrahams asked him for help with a design for his local cycling group. Soon after, they launched Pedla, making roadwear and casual gear for cyclists. The label is now stocked in Southeast Asia, Europe and the US.
Pedla’s performance-based range includes versatile and breathable cycling jerseys, shorts, bibs, windproof sleeveless jackets and accessories such as gloves, socks and caps. Colours and patterns are designed to be timeless, and custom designs are also available. The team works with Italian microfibre fabrics and chamois materials, and their pieces feel strong and soft. They also recently collaborated with Crumpler to create a range of backpacks and drawstring bags).
“It’s kind of reconsidering how cycling can look,” Wojcik says. “It makes them a lot more functional and allows people to get amongst the environment a bit more and really tackle it.”
Multi-functionality carries through to the Sackville Street space. Fitted out by Coy Yiontis Architects (the firm also designed Abrahams’s home which he shares with wife Emma Abrahams of jewellery label Heart of Bone), a bottle-green brick facade is contrasted by a high black industrial ceiling and white walls, and there are wooden timber panels and shelves throughout. Dark steel features in the huge framed entry as well as the windows and roof trusses. And all the furniture has wheels, so the room can become an event space on demand.
Spin classes run in the morning and evening most days, hosted by The Spin Room. A casual class costs $23, and both beginners and experienced riders are welcome. “We’ve worked exceptionally hard to create an environment that embraces all cyclists,” Wojcik says.
Tom’s is run by Tom Beattie, a mate of Wojcik’s, with a small snack selection designed for fuelling up before or after a ride. “It’s classic, almost like a European espresso bar,” says Wojcik.
There are toasties with tomato and smoked mozzarella, and meatballs with Napoli and Grana Padano. Sweet options include chocolate-and-walnut brownies and fruit toast from organic Fitzroy bakery Fatto a Mano, and biscotti.
To drink there’s Genovese coffee and Capi sodas, or try the Aperitivo Cold Brew – coffee mixed with grapefruit flesh and rind. It’s an unusual combo, but makes for an excellent post-ride pick-me-up.
“You come here on a Friday and see 30 people roll up after a ride and you get that sense that it’s really community-building. It’s nice to have people engage,” says Wojcik. “It feels good.”
Mon to Fri 10am–4pm