Body image and bicycles: in conversation with Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky

Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky
(Image credit: Zeppelin Zeerip)

It’s been just over two weeks since Shimano launched its film ‘All Bodies on Bikes’, which followed self-proclaimed fat cyclists Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky on their first bikepacking trip together from Corvallis to the coast. At the time of writing, the film has reached almost 150,000 views, and both Kailey and Marley have been overwhelmed with the positive reaction they’ve received.

We caught up with them to find out what kind of response they’ve had from viewers, and to delve deeper into the important message the film carries: that all bodies on bikes are acceptable, regardless of their size or abilities.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike