BFF Bikes
 
 

come ride with us and meet your new bff! we host a wide variety of rides for every type of cyclist. we want to be there on your first group ride, or help you suffer on your training day.

 
 
 
 
 

Our Rides

Beginner Group Ride

SUNDAy, APRIL TO NOVEMBER

9AM DEPARTURE FROM BFF BIKES, 20-30 MILES

We are stoked you want to try out group training rides. Which is why we now have group rides just for you. The first Sunday of each month, starting in April and going until November, we will have a group ride leaving the shop at 9AM. The pace will be determined by the slowest rider in the group, however be prepared to keep a good pace. Length will be approx. 20 miles. If the pace is fast, we might go further, if slow, shorter. Before the ride starts we will go over the basics of ride safety so please be on time. Things you will need:

  • Road Bike—Don’t have one? Ask about borrowing a Liv bike for the ride!
  • Helmet
  • Flat repair kit
  • Phone & ID
  • Credit card or cash for coffee, etc
  • Water Bottles
  • While not required, we recommend wearing clipless shoes, a cycling jersey, and padded shorts


Hammertime Training Ride

SUNDAY, APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

8AM DEPARTURE FROM BFF BIKES, 45-75 MILES

Join the BFF Bikes Racing team on their fast-paced, 45 mile Sunday training ride. The team’s goals for these rides is to increase speed, gain fitness and improve group riding skills. We ride in a rotating paceline and practice advanced riding skills. The speed ranges between 18-22mph as we ride out of the city. We pick up the pace once outside of Chicago and have designated interval and sprint points. There will be a sweeper who will be riding along with the slowest riders to ensure they make it to the turn around spot. We stop in Highland Park for a quick coffee break before turning back.

The team’s training ride is a challenging ride, but we encourage and expect a range of abilities. It’s common for the pack to fragment into smaller groups. If you can’t stay with the leaders, someone will be there to ride with you to the the turn around spot. However, do try to stay with the group! If you do get dropped, come back the next week and see how much longer you can stay with the pack. Soon you’ll be leading everyone during a sprint!


BFF Bikes to Beer

SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, MONTHLY

9AM DEPARTURE FROM BFF BIKES, 15-60 MILES

Every month, join fellow bike and beer enthusiasts for a casual cruise for brews! We will select a different brewery for each ride, ranging from local favorites in the city, to lesser known suburban spots. Depending on the selected destination, routes will include roads, paved trails, and/or mixed terrain trails. Routes will be posted on Strava in advance so you can plan accordingly. The average pace will be determined by the group but usually falls between 13-16mph. We will break for beer and lunch before returning to the shop. Most rides will have an option to take the Metra back to the city. This is a fun, social ride open to all. Whether you have a road bike, hybrid, cross bike, or fat bike, you are welcome as long as you’re comfortable riding the designated distance!

 

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Upcoming Rides

 

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Real support and camaraderie for the women’s cycling community. BFF is an excellent resource if you want to take your riding to the next level. 

/  Caroline R.  /