Olivier Loevenbruck, a native of the Côte d’Azur, returns home from an extended stay in Dublin to launch his new venture, Cyclozophy.

A keen cyclist, born on a bike on the French Riviera some 25 years ago, Olivier (pictured above) always wanted to work with bicycles with the ultimate goal of setting up his own shop. In March 2013, he knocked at the door of Café Rothar, a community bike shop in Dublin City. He ended up volunteering there for 6 months, fixing bikes and welcoming customers with his strong French accent.

Anne, the manager of Rothar, helped him out a lot, firstly with the basics of mechanics, then with some background on how to manage a bike shop…and also to learn a bit of the Irish way-of-life!

Cyclozophy envélo-vous on the French Riviera

Moving back to France, Olivier succeeded in making his dream come true with the launch of Cyclozophy, a “House of bicycles on the French Riviera”. It will be a Bike repair café, offering DIY and recycling elements. A crowdfunding platform will be used to raise the seed money, running from February 23rd to March 28th.

Olivier loved his stay in Dublin. If you pass by his shop in Cagnes-sur-Mer, you can be guaranteed as warm a welcome as he experienced in his adopted city.

No stout though, just coffee!

Cyclozophy for bike repair on the French Riviera

 

All images courtesy Cyclozophy

 

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