Bike Stop Cafe History
Established in 2010
Cycling advocates Tony and Jodi opened the Bike Stop Cafe to provide St. Charles and the metro St. Louis area with a sustainable bicycle shop alternative just off of the Katy Trail. Their mission was to provide customers of all walks of life, reasonably priced bicycles, service and healthy foods. Promoting alternative transportation and healthy lifestyles, they set the example in St. Charles by recycling and composting over 95% of their waste. Giving back is an important part of their mission. Each year the Bike Stop Café refurbishes and donates bikes to students, who participate in the many outdoor adventures they host each month. Don't miss out on their weekly rides which encourage new and returning riders to get rolling! They understand that every purchase we make has a social consequence, therefore they hope you choose to frequent businesses who make a difference.
Meet Jodi and Tony: Owners of Bike Stop Cafe & Outpost
Jodi and Tony are outdoor/environmental advocates. They are committed in their lives to live well and promote active living. Jodi is a Science teacher and PhD student who teaches in North City and St. Charles Community College. Tony is an enthusiast of Midwestern single-track and out-of-bounds, multi-surface free-riding with over 25 years of riding experience.Together they teach mountain biking 101, bicycle maintenance, composting and organic gardening.
Meet Lisa: Kitchen Manager, Super Mom, and Cat Herder
What do you do at the Bike Stop Cafe? My official title is Kitchen Manager. Basically, I am responsible for everything that goes on in the kitchen: cooking, ordering, inventory, and herding cats (a.k.a. managing teenage employees)..
Tell us one cool fact about you. I was the Bike Stop’s first employee. Since we are a family business and I am Jodi’s little sister, I fit the job description perfectly.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? This may not sound adventurous by some people’s standards, but when I was a teenager I drove all the way to the Arkansas border on a whim to buy a bottle of NEHI grape soda. It was totally worth it.
Tell us about your family. My little man, Jude, is 7 years old and completely hilarious. He’s a handful and is on the autism spectrum, so I think I qualify for a Super Mom badge on many days. My partner, Danny, is awesome, supportive, and just all-around great. We think we’ll keep him. I would need a lot more space to tell you about the rest of my big, crazy family.
Anything else you’d like to share? I want our customers to know that we truly care about our community and about them. We want them to eat fresh foods, stay healthy, and ride often! We consider them part of the family
Meet Dave: Volunteer Extraordinaire
What do you do at the Bike Stop Cafe & Outpost?
I am the volunteer leader of the Bike Stop’s charity bike team, something I have been doing for about three years.
What got you involved?
I have been riding for years and I enjoy participating in charity events. I met Jodi and Tony a few years ago and really liked their approach to the world: eat well, ride often. I like that they care about the community and the environment, they compost and recycle, and care about eating well.
I have a good job and a great family and I feel that giving back is important. I thought that this might help Jodi and Tony’s business and I could give back doing something I love. Basically, everybody wins.
Tell us more about the charity team.
We do four main charity rides per year: Tour de Cure, Bike MS, Pedal the Cause, and Cycle for Life. This year we also participated in Cranksgiving and we add other events that sound interesting.
We have about 24 team members right now. Each team member is required to participate in one of the four main rides and raise the required funds for the charity. In return, the Bike Stop provides team members with a jersey or swag bag and a team party.
I am proud to say that we have raised more than $15,000 this year doing what we love: riding bikes.
If there is one message you would like to share with the Bike Stop community, what would it be?
It might sound cliche, but my one message is “pay it forward.” Each of us should find a way to give back to our community. And, although this is more than one thing, I also want to say that safety while riding is extremely important. Following the rules of the road helps keep everyone safe out there!
If you would like to join the Bike Stop Cafe & Outpost’s charity team, visit our Facebook page for more information.