Shimano launches ‘All Bodies on Bikes’, a film celebrating riders of all shapes and sizes

All bodies on bikes is a video about bikepacking and body image
(Image credit: Shimano)

"To be a cyclist, you just have to be a person riding a bike", chuckles Kailey Kornhauser, who made waves this time last year when she appeared on the front cover of Bicycling magazine. While we’re used to seeing svelte ‘cyclist bodies’ depicted in the cycling media, Kailey’s cover was a breath of fresh air. Almost a year on exactly, she stars alongside fellow bikepacker Marley Blonsky in a brand new 13-minute film by Shimano called ‘All Bodies on Bikes’, in which she strikes up a much-needed and overdue conversation about body image in cycling.

“One of my favourite things about bikepacking and bike camping, is it can be accessible to whatever level you’re at,” says Marley. The film follows the duo as they bikepack the 100km Corvallis to the Sea route over two days, and while Marley acknowledges that some cyclists will easily do that route in one day, she’s quick to point out that “there’s no one way to ride a bike.”

At the time of writing, the video has racked up over 27,500 views in under 20 hours since it was released, and the response on social media has been incredibly positive. The video is speaking to so many people struggling with their own body image while trying to enjoy the outdoors by bike, and we think this video adds enormous value to this much-needed conversation.

Mildred Locke
Freelance writer

Mildred previously worked as a review writer for Bike Perfect. She enjoys everything from road cycling to mountain biking, but is a utilitarian cyclist at heart. Determined to do everything on two wheels, she's even moved house by bike, and can regularly be found pedaling around Bristol and its surrounding areas. She’s spent over four years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project, and now sits on its board of directors. Her expertise comes from previously working in a bike shop and learning the ins and outs of the industry, and she's previously written for a variety of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. At home on slicks and knobblies alike, her ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch, followed by a gourmet campfire meal and an overnight bivvy beneath the stars.

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

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg