About Bucephalus Bikes

About Bucephalus Bikes2016-11-08T01:03:25-05:00


Shop owner, Alejandro (Alex) Añón, who is an architect by profession, has a passion for bicycles and a commitment to getting more people out riding them. He and his wife with their four sons, have been living car-free for over 19 years. Bucephalus Bikes grew out of his desire to promote the bicycle as a valid method of transportation and support the individuals and families who see bike riding as a means to greatly improve the quality of life in our community.

Our shop is known for its excellent and conscientious service and repair. And we welcome the opportunity to service older bikes, giving them new life. At Bucephalus Bikes, we believe that repairing and rebuilding bicycles revitalizes, not only the “machines”, but also the people riding them.

Additionally, Bucephalus Bikes’ practice of refurbishing bikes and selling them at affordable prices reflects the shop’s commitment to sustainability. As in other industries, many new bicycles are poorly designed and manufactured cheaply. Therefore, they cannot be repaired effectively, are “thrown away”, and a new one is purchased. Bucephalus Bikes aims to break this vicious cycle that disregards our resources and our environment.


Bucephalus was the name given to Alexander the Great’s horse.  According to legend, Bucephalus was an exceptionally loyal horse.  Alexander had a special bond with him and the pair sparked a cult in which it was expected that great leaders have a favorite horse.   The literal meaning of Bucephalus is “ox head” from the ancient Greek words, bous and kephale.

In the 1930’s, Fred Birchmore,  a man from Athens, Georgia, traveled around the world on a bicycle.  He named his “two-wheeled companion” Bucephalus.

In 2009, we adopted Bucephalus’ name for our new bicycle repair shop in Evanston, IL. Whether you are planning to conquer the world, ride around it, or simply trying to get some exercise while getting places, Bucephalus Bikes is a shop all riders can depend on for their cycling needs.
Alexander Bucephalus
Fred Birchmore & Bucephalus