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, BFF LIFESTYLE COORDINATOR
Kelly got her father’s hand-me-down road bike so she could train for a triathlon. Soon she was hooked on cycling. She has been a year round bike commuter from her home in Rolling Meadows. She’s now on our racing team and helping customers at the shop.
Michelle Handren, Sales AssociatE
Michelle has years of experience as an endurance coach training and inspiring cyclists and triathletes. She also has the very serious disease “upgrade-itis" which causes her to be obsessed with bikes and all the gear associated with them. BFF is part of her recovery program.
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.
Jeremy Bloyd-Peshkin, Mechanic
Jeremy has the MOST interesting past job of anyone who’s worked here before: a diesel engine mechanic at the South Pole! He’s also obsessed with bikes and we’re happy that he’s sharing his obsession with us as a mechanic.
Jeremiah Aviles, Mechanic
Jeremiah is our resident bmx bike lover and problem-solver extraordinaire. He’s puts the verb MacGyver to good use and loves sharing his tips and tricks with customers. When he’s not at the shop, he’s likely working on his own bikes or playing video games competitively.