In creating BFF Bikes, Annie and Vanessa didn’t merely create the only women-specific bike shop in the Midwest—they created a community of cyclists who would support and encourage each other regardless of ability. Whether a woman is riding with children, commuting downtown, racing around the country, or doing all three, BFF Bikes is a space where she can find what she needs.
BFF Bikes hosts the largest women's racing team in Chicago—BFF Bikes Racing. The team has had a wildly successful beginning, including being named USA Cycling’s 2015 Women’s Club of the Year. The team is made up of women competing in all levels of cycling through many disciplines including road, cyclocross, mountain, and track.
This is more than a bike shop. It's a community that no matter what level of cyclist you are, everyone is welcoming and encouraging! Oh, yeah, and they have great bikes, gear and service!
/ leslie w. /
At the Shop
ANNIE BYRNE, OWNER
Annie started riding as a bike commuter, which led to longer recreational rides, which led to racing. That led to opening BFF Bikes. She wants to spread the love far and wide and ALWAYS excited to talk to people about upping their biking. She’s also on the Board of Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling.
KELLY O'BRIEN, Owner
Kelly used to commute 30-plus miles a day, but now she's a recreational rider and occasional racer, ready to take on any distance for donuts. She enjoys planning routes, petting dogs, and pretending to be best friends with Taylor Swift. She's madly in love with her sparkly red Liv Langma and super excited to be the shop's Liv Ambassador!
ANGELA CHAN, SERVICE MANAGER
Angela Chan has years of experience as a mechanic and shop manager which is the role she is filling for us here. We are very excited to have her. She’s also an artist and worked for a year on an outsider art project in Georgia.
oLIVIA BARRETT, SALES ASSOCIATE
Olivia is a recreational cyclist who always has a big adventure brewing, bike or otherwise. She’s learning mechanics in her spare time and likes finding new, ever weirder ways to use retired bike parts. She’s a member of the queer community, and pretty darn spoked on inclusion.
Ren di martino, Mechanic
Ren is a recreational cyclist and former courier with years of experience as a professional mechanic. They love to push the limits of what you can load onto a bike and have a meticulous eye for combining form and function. When they aren’t wrenching at the shop or serving coffee to the residents of Logan Square, they’re probably at the beach or at home tending to their houseplants.