Third Wheel began when barista Tom Radford was looking for extra work at South Beach Cycles and spied its empty courtyard. Having honed his coffee skills at cafes such as Hush and Grumpy Sailor, Radford jumped at the opportunity to open his own business.
Joining forces with Georgia Barbera, the two spent five months preparing a simple menu and revamping the courtyard to create Third Wheel. The cosy veranda with ocean views is a great spot to hang while the bike shop tinkers with your chain and pumps your tyres. Inside, a mix of recycled furniture creates a homely atmosphere.
Barbera and Radford’s love of quality coffee has made it the prime focus. They use a mocha blend from local roaster Crema, for a smooth chocolate-y flavour. Between October and February, Third Wheel also offers cold drip and cold brew from a rotating selection of single-origin beans. Both are a great way to cool down after a long cycle.
But if a light breakfast, a homemade cake or a midday sandwich is what you’re after, everything on the menu is locally sourced and reasonably priced. Hungry cyclists often stop by for a German sourdough sandwich or a bowl of Bircher.