A south London-based business that provides a fitness and social hub for cyclists is turning to crowdfunding to finance its plans to expand to other locations as well as to roll out an online coaching platform.
Among the services offered by Cadence at its existing premises are a workshop, a Wattbike studio, bike fitting, fitness testing, sports therapy, and custom insoles.
It says that according to a recent Strava survey, it's cycle cafe is the second busiest such establishment in the capital, and the location also offers yoga and Pilates classes as well as selling Giant bikes and accessories.
It was founded by keen cyclist Frank Beechinor and his riding buddy - and GP - Ray Vella. The pair came up with the idea when they were planning to go out riding but were unable to find a place to meet up.
Beechinor said: We have come a long way since we wrote the business concept on the back of a napkin. Sales are now running at over £80,000 per month and this extra investment will allow us to expand the business and set us on the road to achieve our ambition of becoming the UK’s largest network of cycling hubs”
You can find the campaign on Crowdcube here.
The fundraising platform is the same one through which another south London-based business, cycle clothing brand Vulpine, raised more than £1 million having initially set a target of £500,000.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.