Dave and Myles don’t look like café owners. They look more (respectively) like a lumberjack and a poet from the romantic era. Both have lovely scraggly beards, sparkly (and a bit tired) eyes, are stupidly slim (it’s almost enough to turn you off your banana bread… but not enough) and together they are one half of the Mocan and Greengrout café - the other half being brothers Nectar and Johnathan Efkarpidis. As well as being brothers in arms (when it comes to taming mobs in need of coffee) Dave and Myles are also incidentally brothers in law. It’s a big brother fest.
I’m not going to go on about the beautifully crafted little café that Myles and Dave run, which has some of the best coffee in town, an awesome seasonal menu cooked up by the likes of The Honorable Sean McConnell and Bernd Brademann, and definitely THE nicest fit-out my eye holes have ever seen (no shit). While the beautiful café is very much part of the story, I’m going to go on about bikes.
The Mocan Brothers men make bikes under the name of Goodspeed. As you would expect, hot daaaawg these bikes are locals. The frame is locally made by the boys from (fairly) local steel (from Melbourne) and designed to be made with parts of other older bicycles ferreted from the Canberra region. Myles explains that the frames are “for a modern road geometry” (which is normal person speak means they are made to go faaaaast, and are strong like a bull).
Myles and Dave take pride in the fact that the bikes are locally made, and want it to be a local experience too. The act of hunting for and collecting bike parts to make into a beautiful new shiney does make it your own bike – much more so that saving up to buy one off the production line, even if you do get to chose the colour. And the process of getting face to face with the person that has made your bike means you get to learn some tricks on how to fix it and modify it.
The mentality of riding in lots of places in Australia is also something the boys would like help tweak. Its true elsewhere in the world (like the place with the tulips, and the place with the va’ fa’ un culo) bike riding is just a thing you do – you’re not a “rider” in lycra hot pants; or an uber-dude with the latest number from whichever designer has decided to cash in on the continual ebb and flow of bikes being ‘hot right now’ – you’re just a guy/girl getting around on a bike, because it’s a nice way to get around, and you’ve got somewhere to be.
The little café is the place that has allowed the boy’s bike dreams to come true – it’s allowed them to grow a network, a market, and added the human element to their machines. “We wanted to deliver something that could grow moss” Myles explains, the café has helped them add the layers needed for all things to be good.
In Slovenian mocan means ‘strong’, or ‘often used’…people might refer to the tractor as the mocan…
Oh yes, we got a Goodspeed Hotel Hotel bike!
That is all.
MYLES AND DAVE
(FIRST THREE IMAGES © LEE GRANT)
GOODSPEED BIKE PORN
THE LITTLE CAFE