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VIDEO

Welcoming Everyone: All Bodies on Bikes

Video Shimano
Date Mar 29, 2021

Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky are bike riders on a mission - a mission to change the perception of who rides bikes. All Bodies on Bikes, a Shimano Originals film, follows Kailey and Marley on a two-day bikepacking trip along the Corvallis to Coast Trail, a 65-mile route through the gorgeous Oregon Coast Range. The pair, who both self-identify as fat, bond over their love of bicycle adventure and their shared desire to build a more welcoming and diverse cycling community.

Filmed in the summer of 2020 using COVID-19 safety precautions, All Bodies on Bikes dives headfirst into hard conversations about society’s obsession with weight, growing up fat, and issues of disordered eating. It also explores how the bicycle community can bring people together to support one another. 

Kailey and Marley write, consult, and present workshops on body size inclusion in the cycling community, and have created an “All Bodies on Bikes Resource and Discussion Guide” to accompany the film. Both acknowledge that discussions around weight and size can be emotional, and that this subject can be challenging for many people to discuss. The “All Bodies on Bikes Resource and Discussion Guide” includes suggested reflection questions and links for additional information and further reading.

This project is about the joy of riding a bike, and Kailey and Marley want to make sure that everyone has the chance to share in that joy. So, hop on a bike and climb that big hill in town, hit up the local bakery for a tasty treat, or organize a group ride!

Whatever you do, we hope you have fun. 


Director: Zeppelin Zeerip
Producer: Zac Ramras
Director of Photography: Michael Brown
Editor: Michael Brown
Sound Design: Avery Sandack
Animation: Studio Dialog
Starring: Kailey Korhauser
Marley Blonsky
Music: Easy Giant
Rigger: Kyle Metzger

Native Lands: Duwamish, Coast Salish, Kalapuya, Chemapho, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Alsea, Tillamook, Siletz, and Yakina.

Additional Thanks: Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Black Rock Mountain Bike Association, Velo Orange, Free Range Bike Shop

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Frorider
+6 Simon Apostol bushtrucker Pete Roggeman Todd Hellinga meloroast Moto Master
Frorider  - March 29, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

Exercise = health.  I think it’s great to see videos and photos that encourage everyone to ride, no matter their age, income, BMI, favorite color, or shoe size.

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wishiwereriding
+4 Simon Apostol Pete Roggeman meloroast Moto Master
John Keiffer  - March 29, 2021, 6:45 p.m.

or race, religion, sexual preference.

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Abies
+3 Pete Roggeman meloroast Rosy Metcalfe
Simon Apostol  - March 29, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

Thanks for sharing. Kailey is so cool. And I’m glad to see the comment section here isn’t filled with fat phobia and sexism like on a certain other website...

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BigBlueRootdown
+5 Simon Apostol Pete Roggeman meloroast Grif Moto Master
Adrian Glover  - March 29, 2021, 8:21 p.m.

Bike manufacturers need to take notice of the message here.. 250 lb weight limits on frames and wheelsets are ubiquitous. If you search online forums, you can find that people who are heavier come on and look for advice all the time about exactly this. There are manufacturers who don't put these weight limits up, and seem to be just fine... I totally understand when we're talking about components that are built to be very light, but average mountain bikes and wheels should be up to the extra forces involved in a heavy rider.

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DaveSmith
+2 Pete Roggeman meloroast
Dave Smith  - March 29, 2021, 10:47 p.m.

This is a great story, well told. Meaningful and real. Love it.

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meloroast
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meloroast  - March 30, 2021, 9:57 a.m.

Awesome! Thanks for posting this. Nice to see riders in all shapes, colours, sizes... 

I hope manufactures of bikes and gear take head. The fact that I mostly buy "Large" at 5'8" and 150lbs is nuts and just means there are very few options for those that don't fall into the "norms".

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