BFF Bikes is set to open in March, and—drum roll, please—it will be the first bike shop for women in the Midwest. Stores for female cyclists have been popping up for the past few years in other cities (New York, Boston, and Portland all have theirs), so it's about time Chicago caught on.
The Bucktown shop is the brainchild of best buds and biking enthusiasts Vanessa Buccella and Annie Byrne, and the free-wheeling duo intends it to be a destination for locals and tourists alike.
What does a women's bike shop have that a plain-old bike shop doesn't? Buccella and Byrne plan to stock their boutique with women's cycling clothes—not just in pink, mind you— and dressing rooms to try them on in. They'll also employ female staffers, carry brands that can't be found elsewhere in the Midwest, and host bike rides, workshops, and fitness classes open to women only (sorry, guys.)
· BFF Bikes [Official Site]
· All Fitness Week coverage [Racked Chicago]