New to the scene and providing a unique combination of services – more on that “unique combination” later. First off, Fit & Fuel Cafe is the creative genius of the folks that bring you one of the best bicycle shops in the country, Naples Cyclery. The idea of the cafe is to bring a coffee shop that serves great coffee and offers healthy preparations of traditional fare as well as alternatives to people, athletic or not, who care about what they are putting into their system.
The man behind the scenes at the cafe is Elliot Tobin, who has a pedigree that includes training at Cordon Bleu. This isn’t the only qualification that makes Elliot knowledgable about how to fuel your body – he is a strong cyclist and a well trained triathlete in his own right. Feel free to ask Elliot questions about nutrition while you are there because he is in his element at Fit & Fuel Cafe to feed you and talk about swimming, cycling and running at the same time.
The hours are 6:30 am to 2:30 pm for all 7 days of the week. Hence, the menu is oriented to breakfast and lunch items. Think homemade, think fresh baked, think healthy and think generous portions. Check the website for Naples Cyclery and click on the tab for Fit & Fuel Cafe at the right hand end of the tool bar. You’ll be able to review the menu on that site. The cafe is located in the Pavilion Shopping Center just a door down from the bike shop.
Okay, here’s the part about the unique combination of services that is offered at Fit & Fuel. We covered the “Fuel” topic above. Here’s where the “Fit” part comes in: at the back of this store is a state-of-the-art bicycle fit studio directed by Dave Harris, the “Guru of Fit.” This service is offered to everyone, regardless of your brand of bicycle or where you bought it and regardless of your riding level.
As every experienced rider will tell you, the proper fit on a bicycle is all important no matter how serious you ride, how fast you ride, how much you ride or what kind of bike you ride. Having your bike fit to you by a professional like Dave Harris is the best thing that you can do for yourself. You will be more comfortable, you will be more efficient and you’ll deliver more power to the pedals than ever before.
A fit session includes video analysis of you on the bike and believe me, it is enlightening to see your own pedal stroke and position from both a front view and a side view. You will be pleased with the results of a proper bike fit. Call Naples Cyclery at (239) 566-0600 and ask for Dave Harris to find out more information, cost and how to schedule an appointment.
Fit & Fuel Cafe
819 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, Florida 34108