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Fixed Gear Coffee opened its doors in August 2018. The philosophy of Fixed Gear Coffee is to bring the best of cycling and coffee together at the bottom of the Cauberg. It was the mission of the founders Brian Megens and Shivani Achrekar to create an all inclusive place wherein everybody, from non-cyclist to World Tour pro, feels welcome. Fixed Gear Coffee is a place where people come in, with or without their bike, to enjoy a cup of coffee with some homemade cake, to admire our bike collection, photography work, fix their bike, or to check out our latest arrivals of cycling apparel. For more info about our single origin specialty coffee, our homemade cakes, the brands that we have in store, or our rides & events check out the website but even better, drop by our place. We hope to welcome you very soon!

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Coffee before Cycling is a way for us to express how we feel, see and experience the upcoming coffee & cycling culture. The foundation of this culture for us is that it is all inclusive, everybody is welcome regardless religion, race, sexuality, or level of bike riding. Due to the diversity in this culture everyone for themselves finds their own balance between riding/training hard and time for being social during bike rides or when having a coffee stop. With Coffee before Cycling we host rides, events, and do collaborations with creatives and like minded brands. No matter what, always Coffee before Cycling!

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For someone born in the ’90s Brian already has quite some careers in sport on his CV. From international top youth darts player, to kickbokser, to pro cyclist. In 2011 Brian was part of the famous Dutch Continental Cycling Team Jo Piels, he transferred in 2012 to the internationally renowned Rabobank Continental Cycling Team. However, in the years that Brian should have made his move to a World-Tour team, a crisis hit the pro cycling world and Brian decided to replace his bike for study books. He came to Maastricht for his Bachelor and Master degree. During his studies Brian developed himself as a freelance photographer and he also rediscovered the love for the bike. For 2 years Brian travelled the world to race fixed gear criteriums for several brands which are currently also present in the shop. After getting his Master degree in Media Culture Brian decided that it was time for the next step in his career and combine his passion for cycling, coffee, and photography. At the bottom of the Cauberg the perfect spot was discovered and what started as an idea became reality in August 2018. Brian is responsible for the making sure that we only get the best cycling apparel and accessoires in our shop and to make sure we all look good on the photos.

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Having lived on 4 continents, Asia, Africa, North-America, and Europe, Shivani is a true global citizen. She came to Maastricht for her Master degree in Public Policy at The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute. As a graduate, instead of following the beaten track filled with internships, Shivani decided to join the Fixed Gear Coffee ship. When creating the menu of cakes Shivani rediscovered her interest in cooking and baking. At Fixed Gear Coffee she is responsible for all our delicious homemade cakes and of course she has her share in the specialty coffee. For the best Latte Art in the house you have to ask Shivani.