Cycling and Coffee: A Perfect Match

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January 10th 2018, at SHIMANO BIKE NYC

At either end of the bridge throughout all five boroughs, you’ll find a coffee shop. It’s no coincidence that coffee shops are so prevalent in New York City as they provide a quick stop for cyclists to enjoy an energy boost as they commute to work and school or as they go for a cruise on a sunny New York day. At our recent Shimano’s official pop-up store, SHIMANO BIKE NYC, we partnered with Regalia Company, providers of specialty roasted coffee beans for the store. We found this partnership to be a match made in heaven and cyclists around the city enjoyed stopping in the look at our bikes but also to pick up a good cup of joe.

Coffee and cycling have gone hand in hand together for decades with Italian espresso machine manufacturer Faema sponsoring a pro cycling team all the way back in the 1960s. Caffeine is one of the best performing enhancing drugs for cyclists and studies have shown that low doses of caffeine (~200mg) can positively affect endurance, alertness, and overall cognitive performance during activity. While navigating the busy streets of New York City, a little extra sharpness can definitely come in handy!

Drinking coffee after a ride has also been found to improve recovery and glycogen levels also. A group of Australian researchers tested this theory among a group of cyclists over a two-day period. The first day, they biked until exhaustion and were given a low-carb meal to deplete glycogen stores. The second day, after their ride they were given a high-carb drink with added caffeine. The group that took caffeine experienced a 65% increase in glycogen levels after four hours, and the researchers surmised the result from increased blood flow from the caffeine.

Drinking coffee also adds a social experience that brings the entire cycling community together. While the SHIMANO BIKE NYC was open, we had cyclists from all over the city come in to enjoy a nice cup of coffee but also to share in the experience with one another and learn about each cyclist’s story.

So how much coffee is right for you? It all depends on your tolerance and your body type, but studies find that low doses of around 3mg of caffeine per 1 kg (~1.2 lbs.) are optimal for most cyclists. So, before you go on your next ride, or even after, feel free to pour up a hot cup of coffee to boost your performance and post-ride recovery!

Paolo Maliksi, Founder of Regalia Coffee:
“Regalia Company is a NYC-based specialty coffee roasting company, with the intention of wholesaling and distributing coffee and cascara to local and international markets.

Roasting coffee at a consistent and very-high level requires immense skill and attention to detail. We are here to bring the craft back to craft roasting.Coffee and cycling have a long history of amiable interests, and NYC’s history speaks volumes. You’ll find a cafe at either end of the bridge throughout the five boroughs, and that’s not by coincidence! We are proud to partner with Shimano in this pop-up, and hope to do more in the near future.”

Regalia Company:
Instagram: @regaliacompany

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