The Twin Cities Coffee Cycling Culture will be loosing a staple in the community when CRC closes in a couple weeks. Is this a sign of the times? I mean Arby’s at Southdale Mall is closed too now that I think about it. But, who needs Arby’s? CRC, for those of you reading from out of town are the initials for Cars R Coffins. This hole in the wall has served as the office space for many an entrepreneur, outfitted the biking hordes and brewed a boat load of coffee over the past 5 years.
I was not what you would call a regular, but Hurl knew my name. You know a place has soul when the owner remembers you. Some places you just wish the best because they have done their very best. This is that kind of place. It drew people who love bikes. In a town that has a “bike culture” I think that was not enough for CRC. Some years ago, my favorite Motorcycle cafe “Bettys’ closed it’s doors suffering the same fate. And the motorcycle culture mourned. Maybe, when we think how life takes many twist and turns we understand how an ending is the beginning of something else.
I asked Hurl what his impression was about the local scene. If he thought any money was going to be made from bicycling this year. He said, “I don’t even think about it at all. I’m going to go ride my bike for a week.” So for now CRC and the energy this place gave to our city is going molecular. Can you imagine? CRC energy spawning permutations, sprouting momentum for bicycling, as soon as Spring time is sure to come.
There really is symbolism of freedom when we ride a bike. Take a ride to the coffee shop next time. Buzz down to the store on your bike. Ride as much this year as you can. Everyday back to back. Make it your thing. Do it and do it more. Drive your car less and ride your bike more.