January 27, 2015
By Ellee Thalheimer
In the February issue of Adventure Cyclist (availbable here, members only) Ellee Thalheimer looked at Gladys Bikes, a female-focused shop in Portland, Oregon, and owner Leah Benson's take on cycling retail. Here are a few other female-focused shops around the country, as well as a look at women's cycling groups in bike-mad Portland.
Pedal Chic, Greenville, South Carolina: The first shop specifically for women cyclists of all levels and backgrounds.
BFF Bikes, Chicago, Illinois: Annie Bryne and Vanessa Buccella, inspired by their love of racing, founded a bike shop for women.
The Unlikely Cyclist, Costa Mesa, CA: Orange County’s women-specific cycling boutique empowering all women, regardless of age, size or ability, to excel in the sport of road cycling.
Zuzu Pedals, Port Washington, Wisconsin: A women-oriented shop with the motto to enjoy a groovy bike life.
Dashing, New Orleans, Louisiana: A modern bicycle boutique powered by women, for women.
Portland is a leader in cultivating resources that encourage and support women in cycling.
Portland Society: A networking group of professional women who are passionate about cycling and making Portland a better place to live, work, and ride.
Elly Blue Publishing: An independent publisher and distributor with a focus on feminist nonfiction about bicycling. They publish the Journal of Bicycle Feminism.
Wheelwomen Switchboard: An online community, started in Portland but now utilized nationally and internationally, where women in bicycling can connect and share resources using two kinds of posts: asks and offers.
Womens on Wheels: Empowering women to travel by bicycle and feel the biking joy.
Let’s Race Bikes: An initiative of like-minded racing women and teams in Oregon who’d collectively like to see more ladies out on the road.
Sweetpea Bicycles: Frame builder and bike fit expert Natalie Ramsland specializes in creating custom bikes for women.
Photo by Meghan Nolt