Vanessa found Annie when recruiting women bike racers. Annie got hooked on racing and a friendship formed during many long car rides to races near and far. From Chicago, to Iowa, Saint Louis and Milwaukee they got to know each other. Vanessa, the impetuous one, dialed up Annie in January of 2013 to say she had a brilliant idea: Create a bike shop in Chicago especially for women! Did Annie want to help? Hell yes she did! And with that two women, brought together by bikes, took a leap of faith that there were enough Annie’s and Vanessa’s out there to make their idea a reality. And thus, BFF Bikes was born.