The Unlikely Cyclist Bike Shop in Costa Mesa

Before the Unlikely Cyclist became a popular SoCal bike shop in Costa Mesa, and a go-to resource for beginners to advanced female cyclists, it was the title of Lisa Kanno’s cycling blog which she started after buying her first road bike in 2011. In her first post, she wrote, “ I am not a “typical athlete, and have had many physical challenges along the way, but I ADORE cycling.” Nearly a year after her buying her first road bike, she decided to take the plunge and invest her future in her passion for cycling – she would open a bike shop that catered to women bicyclists in Southern California.

The doors of The Unlikely Cyclist officially opened October 12, 2012. Since then, Lisa has continued to create a shop that is the go-to place for women cyclists. The Unlikely Cyclist is decorated with vintage posters and cycling jerseys, giving it a real SoCal vintage vibe. Lisa also sells shop tees and stickers that display her sense of humor. She was inspired to create the shop mascot of a cat riding a bicycle when she heard someone say that the challenge of getting women in a group to do something is like trying to “herd cats.”

The Unlikely Cyclist maintains an inventory of bicycling apparel in a variety of sizes ranging from S-3X, and of bicycle types that include Bianchi Sport bikes and PUBLIC city bikes (they’re the only shop in Southern California that stocks that brand).

Lisa hosts weekly club rides with a strict “no-drop” policy and bike clinics of interest to all riders. She also offers her bike mechanic’s services as well as frequent instructional clinics so that women are able to fix their own bicycles. Employees and customers alike seem as close as family and Lisa welcomes women of all riding abilities and interests.

Learn more about club rides and the shop at Team Unlikely Cyclist (Orange County Women on Wheels) and