Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky love bikes. They also self-identity as fat. You got a problem with that? They sure don’t. What they do have a problem with is rarely seeing images of people with bigger bodies riding bikes. Both thought they were mostly alone as serious riders taking on big distances. When they met on social media, they realized there were obviously more bikers out there who probably also feel alone for having something other than the idealized cyclist body. So, they’ve made it something of a personal mission to reach out to anybody who rides a bike, regardless of what they look like, to let them know, hey – we see you, we’re with you, let’s ride. Shimano liked what they’re doing so much, they partnered with Kornhauser and Blonsky to make this fun and illuminating film (below) following the two cyclists as they embarked on a 65-mile bikepacking ride through Oregon.
Photos: Courtesy Shimano/Thomas Lisbin