Like most things it all started with an alley cat...
Having spent time studying in London and the Netherlands, Dan has always been immersed in cycling culture; where all journeys were faster by bike and there's a mutual respect between riders and drivers. Upon returning to Bournemouth in 2013 however Dan realised things were different here; drivers viewed cyclists as a nuisance and the council did little or nothing to make any change. And so Velo Sur Mer was founded, a cycling group, running monthly cycling events in Bournemouth and the surrounding area to raise awareness and encourage more people to get out on their bikes and explore. It kicked off with 'The South Coast Shuffle', Bournemouth's first ever alley cat and we've been tearing it up ever since. The community has rapidly grown, into a family, stretching all along the South Coast and even up into London. This family needed a place to call their own and so in September 2014 Dan built a temporary cycle cafe 'Velo Domestique', Bournemouth's first and the cycling community's new home.
For four months Velo Domestique fixed bikes, hosted cycling film screenings and served delicious Boscanova coffee. It was in this pop up that Robin entered the Velo Domestique team with his now infamous 'Bombay Bicycle Grub' supper clubs. We were founded last year in Boscombe as a temporary pop up and we discovered there was a permanent need for Velo Domestique and that we would have to be back...
We ain't just a fad.
Southbourne is where we are rolling up our sleeves and refurbishing a place to call our own. We are firm believers in doing things right, things shouldn’t be fads or trends and that’s why this time we’re here to stay. Built by riders, for riders, Velo Domestique is not just a cafe, not just a bike shop, it’s a hub for our fast growing community of cyclists - even if you don’t have a bike, we’d like you to join.
If you’re tired of poor service, overpriced bikes and food as well as condescending mechanics, then we are your answer. We’re not here to tut because you left your bike in the rain for a month or you don’t know how to say ‘Quinoa’. We are here to help you, provide you with advice, feed you, inspire you and do everything we can to keep you rolling. As a community space for cycle enthusiasts, the casual cyclists and even the non cyclists, we aim to provide you with affordable service but not at the expense of quality.
This time around as well as the locally roasted Boscanova coffee that you’ve come to love we will also be serving soulful seasonal dishes that excite the senses. We plan on seeing the return of our underground supper clubs as well as new weekly culinary workshops with Robin, on how to do the simple things well. Brunches, pit stop lunches and indulgent sweet treats will adorn our menu with exciting changes throughout the year.
We've got a lot of Soul but not a lot of cash.
Velo Domestique was built on a shoe string budget, with this plan we were set to move in last week, unfortunately due to council planning delays that shoe string is now set to break. We've saved, oh how we've saved, to try and make this a reality, we've already built half the furniture and fittings ourselves. We were ready to go but the financial cost of this delay could bring it all crashing down around us, which is why we need your help.
We didn't want to just ask for money or take out a loan and hope for the best, which is why we've decided to do this. Through kickstarter we want to offer you return for your pledges, give you something for your help. More than this we want you to feel a part of this project and become a part of our family.
Risks and challenges
Thanks for reading this far.
We've invested our time and all of our money into making this happen. We are committed to the growth and success of this project and we are finally in a position to make our vision a reality. Your support will not only make this possible but show that we have the backing of the community we want to serve.
There will be challenges, as there are with any project but we have the grit and determination to do all we can to make sure these can be overcome.
We are transforming this 100 year old shop into a modern and functional cycle cafe with all the facilities required to provide the best service possible. We will be fitting new toilets as well as a kitchen, building a bar, bicycle racks, seating and furniture and expanding our current workshop equipment. We have the knowledge and skills required to provide you (the community) with efficient bike repairs as well as fantastic food every day, we need your help to make it possible. We've called in favours and contacted long lost relatives to save fit costs where possible not to mention we'll be doing most of the labour ourselves.
We're confident the delivery of all rewards should be completed by the date specified in the items description, but if delivery is expected to be delayed for any reason, we will update all of those who have pledged!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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