For the first time in months, I was finally able to return to riding out in the Mall of Asia complex today. It was a perfect day: chilly to start with and just warmed up nicely as I completed 50 kilometers on the bike and ran 3K.
Most people would then pack up their bikes, change out of their sweaty gear, and head home to shower and change for work. But in this traffic-congested city, that extra step of going back home before going to work can easily add another hour’s worth of travel to your commute. I used to have the luxury of showering in a nearby gym, but since I no longer work there, I needed another option.
Bikers’ Cafe opened last year as part of the Seafood Island restaurant in the San Miguel by the Bay complex on Seaside Boulevard, just across the SM Mall of Asia. Raymond Magdaluyo, the restaurateur-turned-triathlete who masterminded the Bataan International Triathlon last year, conceived Bikers’ Cafe as a place where triathletes and cyclists could shower, eat, and hang out.
The place opens at 6am daily and offers free shower, free bike cleaning, and free bike parking. They serve all-day breakfast that’s priced quite reasonably: my pancakes with sausage and egg came in at only P160 and were super yummy especially after the workout I had.
Naturally, what sets Bikers’ Cafe apart from other establishments in the area selling breakfast is its offer of a free shower! This felt especially good because riding beside the ocean leaves me feeling sticky and icky.
There are a lot more items on the menu and plenty of days I want to hit the road instead of the bike trainer. I’m so glad there’s a place like Bikers’ Cafe for people like me. I’ll be back next week!