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Roll For The Soul to offer coffee, cake, bikes and cycling advocacy

Coffee, cake and cycling. The three C's that make up the holy alliance of a great Sunday morning out.

Being West Country folk, we might be biased here, but we can't help thinking that this Crowdfunder project for a bike shop -cum- cafe in Bristol sounds just the ticket.

It's not just about the cake though; Roll for the Soul aims to be be a community-focused bike café for Bristol, the focal point for cycling in the city, celebrating and supporting a unique cycling culture.

Rob Wall, who's working to get the project off the ground, says: "It'll be for Bristol cyclists, by Bristol cyclists, which also means trying to attract non-cyclists to show them what they're missing.

"Roll for the Soul will provide quality food and drink; cycle-related events; information; sales, repairs and servicing; workshop space; and will advocate for cycling.

"It's a not-for-profit... and will use any surplus revenue to support and promote cycling in Bristol, in partnership with other social enterprises."

The cafe has provenanace too - Roll for the Soul was trialled for a week at the Bristol Cycle Festival earlier this year, and proved a great success.

So what's the catch? Roll for the Soul needs to raise £90,000 to open, £12,000 of which needs to come from crowdfunding.

Look Mum No Hands in London has been instrumental in helping Rob develop a detailed financial plan, and the money raised from donations will go towards kitchen equipment including a refurbished espresso machine (definitely essential!), oven and hob, plus chairs, tables and cash registers.

The project's nearly a third of the way to being funded, but still needs donations. There are some great rewards on offer, including invitations to the opening night, printed ilustrations and t-shirts.

To donate or read more, click here.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.