Who would have thought you could turn a tin shed into a thriving business? Damian Auton, that's who. Damian, a passionate bicycle lover, came up with the idea a little over four years ago and has created one of the cleverest little businesses we have seen for some time.
The Cog is conveniently located on the Warburton Trail in Warburton itself, on the very edge of the beautiful Yarra Valley. The 'Warby' Trail is a 4okm long converted railway that runs through spectacular bushland with sweeping views of the Yarra Valley and surrounding ranges, and is only about an hour east of Melbourne.
The cafe offers pretty much everything a Warby Trail user needs to have a great day out - hot and cold drinks, energy bars and some of the best muffins we have ever had (Damian perfected his muffin recipes during the four months he waited for the council to approve his permit).On Sundays, the busiest day for the cafe, they also bake two varieties of mouth-watering egg pies. Nothing tastes as good on a cool morning after a ride than a hot cappuccino and a freshly baked raspberry and white chocolate muffin.
Apart from the refreshments, the Cog Bike Cafe offers some serious gear for cyclists. They even make their own bikes and as well as being superbly crafted, they also have personality, as each bike is hand-painted and named. If you don't have your own bike, that's okay too - they offer a bike hire service with very reasonable rates.
Honestly, we can't recommend the Cog Bike Cafe highly enough! It's got personality, position and purpose. If you haven't done the Warby Trail yet, then make sure when you do you stop by The Cog Bike Cafe and enjoy their hospitality, delicious snacks and bike repair! A truly winning combination.