Since the pandemic began, Malaysians have seen a rise in the interest of outdoor sports. Which is understandable, because small closed spaces where social distancing is impossible can be a COVID-19 breeding ground.
After being cooped up indoors multiple times for what felt like years, we started seeing people hiking more, running, picking up tennis as a sport, and cycling. With the cycling community growing larger, the need for places where cyclists can get their bikes serviced and grab something to eat while waiting is also rising.
Here are some of the best places to check out if you’re into this sport.
1. The Basikal, Bangsar
Located on Jalan Bangsar, The Basikal is a humble but equally-renowned cycling shop and one of the best local bike specialists. Avid cyclists can come here to get their bicycles serviced, repaired, and shop for parts for your two-wheeled love. They also conduct weekly cycling classes, and there’s also a little cafe where cyclists (and non-cyclists) can grab a quick bite and a cuppa!
Address: 89 Jalan Bangsar, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 645 9560
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 9pm
2. Gateh, Subang Jaya
While Gateh Bike Cafe doesn’t offer bicycle parts or services, this outdoor bike-themed cafe heavily promotes the sport and its culture. The cafe is also pretty well-known within the cycling community around the area. Serving some delicious local delicacies and note-worthy drinks, this cafe is worth visiting if you’re in the area.
Address: Lot 176 Jalan Kuala Sungai Baru, Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +6011 4023 4341
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 6pm to 12am; Closed from Monday to Thursday
3. Kayuh CA, Rawang
Kayuh CA dubs itself a lifestyle bicycle cafe that offers food, your bike needs, and more. A mere 20-minute drive from KLCC, it is more than just a bike shop and cafe, as they also provide cycling tours, bicycle valet, repairing services, and even a bicycle service station!
Address: 40-G & 40-1 Jalan 3/1 Setia Eco Templer, Templer Park, 48000 Rawang, Selangor
Contact: +6012 328 0378
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 6pm; Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 8pm; Closed on Monday
4. The Bike Artisans, The Row
Sitting right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and what used to be known as Asian Heritage Row, The Bike Artisans is perfect for novice and seasoned cyclists alike. A product of a passion for cycling and the craftsmanship of hand-made bicycles, anyone can find their dream bike here. The staff are friendly and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Besides carrying cycling products and limited-edition apparel and accessories, they also provide services for your two-wheeled transport. While there’s no cafe situated right in the shop itself, Common Grind is just a few steps away, which serves coffees and cakes!
Address: 36G & 38G The Row, Jalan Doraisamy 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 908 5930
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm; Closed on Sunday
5. #FIVE by Char Line, Bukit Damansara
At #FIVE by Char Line, cyclists get together, hang out, and ride in a group! The casual rides are held daily, and riders of all levels are welcome. Located in the upscale neighbourhood of Bukit Damansara, the cafe offers some delicious breakfast and lunch staples (the Beef Fat Fried Rice is just divine). Riders can also relax in their garden while getting essential services for the bikes.
Address: 43 Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 7490 5327
Opening hours: Daily, 7am to 4:30pm