New Trend of Bicycle Cafés in US

March 22, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. cycling (n.) [sahy-kling] – the act or sport of riding or traveling by bicycle, motorcycle, etc.    
Example: Cycling in countries like China and Japan can be a wonderful experience.
Additional Info: The first actual bicycle was developed in 1817 by Karl Drais. Cycling is a good aerobic activity which is also good for the lungs, and helps the heart.

2. draw (v.) [draw] – to attract somebody or something
Example: Television advertisements should we well thought of to draw attention.
Additional Question: What TV advertisement sticks most to your mind?  Why?

3. branded (adj.) [bran-did] – identifiable as being the product of a particular manufacturer or marketing company
Example: Celebrities use mostly branded products.
Additional Info: In Fashion some of the most expensive brands are Gucci [goo-chee], Louis Vuitton[loo-ee v-uh-tahn], Chanel[shu-nell], Burberry[BUR-bur-ee], Fendi, Christian Dior[fEHn- dee], Prada, Christian Louboutin[l oo - b oo - T AE n], Versace[vur-sa-chee], Hermes. In general the top three most expensive brands are Tiffany (jewelry), Rolls Royce (cars), Rolex (watch).
4. influence (n.) [in-floo-uhns] – the power to affect a person, thing, or course of events
Example: My friends are my greatest music influence.
Additional Question: Who do you think is your greatest influence? Why?

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Gene Oberpriller, a former mountain bike racer who is now a bicycle café owner, said that coffee is part of the cycling culture. It is common for cyclists to have coffee before a ride as it gives them more energy.  

Bicycle shops used to be a usual place for coffee among bicycle riders and the emergence of “specialty cafés” is definitely something new, Oberpriller added.  

Biking “specialty cafés” are part of the growing cycling culture in “biking-friendly cities” in the United States.

These bicycle cafés try to think of creative ways to draw customers. Some have bike-inspired artwork displays. Others sell high quality bicycle parts and branded clothing for bikers. Most provide an opportunity for cyclists to repair their bicycles, and pump air.

European biking and café cultures are said to have been great influences for American bicycle cafes.

David V. Herlihy, author of the books about the history of cycling, said that traditional shops where European cyclists meet up for coffee are very common.

Follow-up (optional)
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What is the article all about?

Viewpoint Discussion
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Discussion A

·         Are there biking cafes in your city/town?
·         Have you ever visited one?

Discussion B

·         What do you think are the good effects of riding a bicycle instead of a car?
·         Do you think riding the bicycle is possible everywhere?

March 22, 2011