Name: Michelle
Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Discipline: I’ve kind of ran the gamut in terms of cycling disciplines. I started out riding track bikes, got into bike polo, then found CX, realized MTBs were super fun so I got a hardtail, got a BMX bike, worked as a messenger, raced tracklocross, did a handful of bike tours, and then upgraded to a full suspension MTB which I ride mostly these days. Who knows what’s to come for me in the future!

What does riding mean to you?

Riding means so many things to me and it has changed a lot for me too over the years. Riding has been my outlet to a great community worldwide. I’ve traveled worldwide to Japan, Europe and Italy with bikes and met so many diverse, wonderful folks who share with me their favourite spots and a little glimpse into what it’s like to live and ride there.

At the same time, it’s how I can explore and learn about the place where I currently live, and express deep gratitude and acknowledgement for the Indigenous communities that have lived and tended to the native territory I reside on for time immemorial.

It’s also a way I take care of myself mentally – I find riding to be meditative and a great way for me to relieve my anxiety and be present. It’s also a vessel for me to push my limits, from doing something like a really hard endurance ride or big jump, I can track and see my progress individually.

What is your favourite set up?

These days I have been on my Santa Cruz Bronson non-stop. I guess it doesn’t hurt that I’m now surrounded by redwood forests with countless trails that are close by. I just swapped to flat pedals recently after having ridden clipless for so many years and I’m super stoked on it. I find it helpful to have them when trying to session things in a tight spot and also great for when I need to bail out.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes, what are your thoughts about it?

Most definitely! A lot of other sports are too, and there has been an increase in non cis-male ridership these days, but regardless of that, I think the most important change I would like to see is just an overarching goal of the sport being more welcoming. Less clique-y, ‘holier-than-thou’, aggressive, etc.

Cis-males are not going away and it’s on them to be more supportive and inclusive of other folks who are getting into the sport no matter who they are. Don’t make assumptions about their skill level, bike knowledge, or treat them differently. Cycling is a great activity for everyone and the more diverse representation and awareness around the toxic, aggressive attitudes in the sport we have, the more we can truly have a welcoming cycling culture.

Any riding plans for the future?

My hope this year and to just work on my mtb skills by sessioning more. I want to get more comfy on drops and doubles on the trail so I’ve been working on some jumps in my backyard. I’m also really looking forward to heading up north to Oregon this summer to mtb and dispersed camp up there – I love the riding up there so much, the trails are so fun and challenging!

Ride like a girl is a series of interviews with WTNB (women trans non-binary) riders from around the world. If you would like to be contributed drop us an email.


Name: Olya fon Fursman
Location: Born in Moscow region. Currently in Sochi, Russia.
Discipline: fixed gear

What does riding mean to you?

It’s a way to feel free and stop overthinking. A way to regain your sense of self and feel happiness. A way to relieve anxiety. A way to remind myself that I can do whatever I want.

It’s also community of the same people with fire in their chest, who are in eternal search and growth. It’s great that wherever you are by the bike you can always find same people as you are.

It’s a lifestyle. During lockdown I worked as a messenger with my friends. I remember this time with a smile and gratitude.

What is your favourite set up?

I don’t care what’s under my ass as long as it can be ridden. Now I have a 49/18 fixed bike.

There are plans to buy a road bike to climb the mountains more easily.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

I love men. Praise to the bike, I made a lot of friends from the cycling community. They have been and remain a great support for me. When I punched a wheel, they came to my aid. We didn’t even know each other then. When I fell, they were there. When I need advice, I know that I will always be prompted / helped / supported by them. And when I travel to another city or country, I can always have a couch at someone’s home for the night.

I think the problem is the existence of cycling snobbery, which has no gender. Not the dominance of men in the environment.

Any riding plans for the future?

Any place is revealed in a completely different way when you are on a bike. I really want to go on a cycling trip to Asia and the USA. Maybe work as a messenger there.

Or maybe to Brazil. Why not! There are so many roads and new people waiting us ahead.

Also I want my b_d_s_m_cyclingclub to grow with more stuff and collaborations.

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Name: Jule
Location: Rostock
Discipline: offroad / tracklocross / cyclocross / messenger

What does riding mean to you?

Riding the bike means to have absolute freedom. Independence plays a big role in my life, I guess that’s the reason why I am drawn to the bicycle. The sport gives me the aspect of being physically active and reaching new goals and limits as well as it puts me into a meditative state which helps me being creative during my day to day job. 

As an artist you sometimes need the distance and space to “Get bored” in order to create new ideas and see things from a different perspective. 

What is your favourite set up?

My favourite set-up is probably my Boltcutter, which is a super light carbon gravel bike, together with my bikepacking gear. That way, I have the freedom to cycle long distances and can pitch a tent in the evening wherever I am. 

I never really ride on roads anymore, because I need to be close to nature, so over the period of time I went off-road more and more and never regret a trip through the forest. 

On the other hand I like my job as a messenger and cruise around the city on the Omnium bike. The city streets are a big playground for me and I do like my little shortcuts through the park for the off-road fun in between. 

When I am not on the Omnium bike, I ride my tracklocross bike, which is so fun. It’s a fixie with wide tyres and a riser bar. I use it in the city but also ride in the forest with it. I like all my bikes. 

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

Yes, it’s male dominated. It is changing right now though. I see a lot of womxn out there, riding, talking about it, creating spaces. And that’s what it comes down to. Womxn need other womxn as a role model. It works the same for me. I recently started mountain biking and I follow a bunch of womxn on instagram to learn from them and see how they got into the sport. I am not really interested in how men do it. 
We need to encourage womxn to ride their bikes.

Any riding plans for the future?

Since Corona kind of changed all of my plans, I started to enjoy the region I live in more and more. I am living by the coast, so I did ride all of the off road routes along there. I recently discovered mountain biking and dirt jump riding. We have a park here in Rostock, which I will go more often now to practise.

I guess I found my freedom in a smaller scale around my city. I can’t imagine the life next year with or “after” corona, but my plan is to ride more in east and south Europe and concentrate on mountain biking. 

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Name: Laura Robles
Location: I was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. Currently living in Long Beach, California.
Discipline: I mostly ride fixed gear and road but also have a gravel bike.

What does riding mean to you?

Cycling means community to me. I have had many hobbies and interests and nothing has fulfilled me as much as riding bikes. It could be a very independent sport but when you put yourself out there and surround yourself by other bike riding individuals there is no greater connection.

The freedom that comes with cycling is a given, the independence you build when you go on adventures is part of it, but the one thing that I’ve found through it all is like minded individuals that share the same passion. Whether it be to build strength, to meditate on long and difficult rides, for the views or the beers after, I’ve found that through cycling I have found new ways to understand and relate to people who enjoy riding bikes as I do.

What is your favourite set up?

I have the most fun riding around fixed on a 46×16, clipped in with flat bars. This set up is my go-to for all types of riding.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

This isn’t something that takes up space in my mind. Whether it is or isn’t, what I focus on is “how can I inspire other women to do more for each other”. As a woman in cycling I have always felt supported and encouraged by the men in the cycling industry. The biggest obstacle for me has been finding a place within the women in cycling. This has opened my eyes to the type of work women need to focus on doing for each other, rather than focusing on how many men are out here doing their thing.

Through the pandemic I have done endless work to bring together a community of female cyclist of different level experience to ride together and build friendships, to uplift and encourage each other because that’s how we will break the stigma that “women belong at home resting”. As women in sport we can’t only pay attention and uplift the strong ones on podiums, we have to learn to extend a hand to the women who are looking to get into the sport, the women who are curious but may be scared. Through sharing knowledge and support with each other we can help bring female participation into all kinds of sports.

The only change will come as we push ourselves to treat other women with love and help them find a space for themselves within us. Women are out here doing great things already but nothing will change unless we invest and develop the youth, the curious, the ones that need an extra lil push.

Any riding plans for the future?

I’ve made a commitment to ride with the ladies in my community every Sunday. Other than that I just plan to have fun with any ride that I do. Not many events to travel to so I’m happy just finding new routes within my city and new friends to share views with. There seems to be a comeback in alley cat races so you can catch me at the local ones cutting traffic and running red lights.

Appendix: Laura makes bags and here is a little about them.

Handmade with love in Long Beach, CA out of @lauraimnot and @izzyballs home, the LOC Morral is the bag you never knew you needed. It will carry just about anything you can think of- your beer and chips, your tubes and snacks, your cats- and it is even capable of folding down to fit inside your jersey pocket. This bag was designed with bike riding in mind as well as the everyday casual use. Each bag is crafted to be one-of-a-kind.

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Name: Marta/Krokiet
Location: London/Warsaw
Discipline: I come from track bikes and courier background, but since I got into bikes with gears OFF ROAD IS KING.

What does riding mean to you?

Everything. Honestly, I do not know who would I become if not my first fixed gear. Riding my bike gives me freedom and strength, and it also brings food to my table (yet again, after 6years of being an ex-anger). It is also a bit like spending time with my best partner, friend, psychologist or whoever your bicycle is to you.

It is my daily life. It makes me want to be better and push my boundaries to the next level. Always push! SIŁA! It totally keeps me sane in these crazy times. Sounds sweet and lush, but believe me, sometimes I am grinding my teeth or even having a little cry. Although after every challenge is done, I feel like a queen of the world. Best feeling ever!

What is your favourite set up?

In the past, I would probably say that anything with two wheels is great. But after being glued to the saddle for so long, and hanging out with bike mechanics, I developed a few crushes and preferences. I love all my bikes, don’t get me wrong BUT nothing beats my two off-road bikes. Since falling in love with woods and mud, the quality of my cycling performance and my bicycle life has changed drastically.

My touring bike can take me anywhere. As I was on a small budget at the time, I decided to get a Marin Four Corners (500 quid for the whole bike? Sick! Viva Chain Reaction!). If you are a small person (150/60cm tall) this tiny frame will definitely suit you well. Trust me, it is not that easy to find a small, not super heavy and not too expensive frame. Within time, I upgraded my gear a little and, decided to swap the groupset for simple 2×9 drivetrain with vintage Ultegra cranks. Let’s face it – it is a good, reliable, worldwide known system that is also easy to fix (in comparison to complicated million speed/electronic gear). Wheels are Hope 650b, tubeless. I know there is a massive dispute about tubeless tyres, but they work for me!

My second beast is Cannondale Caadx that serves me best during fast and technical cross rides. It can be easily converted into a ‘road-bike’ kinda thing.  Shimano groupset and Hope hubs again, DTswiss rims for a change. Did I already say how much I love Hope?

I would like to thank all of the very many good people that ever helped me with my gear! Love you all my bambucinos!

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

The world is kind of male-dominated. Personally, I never felt dominated in my cycling community. To be honest, for most of my cycling life, I have been surrounded by guys, and I believe it pushed me a lot to simply become faster.  My friends would always encourage me, kick my ass when needed and patch my wounds if I crashed. Thanks to cycling, I have gained many good friendships, mostly but not only with a male.

If you ask me about the industry and racing, of course, I think it’s male-dominated. This goes down to our culture and the women’s position in society. The first cyclist ever was a male, the first racer was a male,  women weren’t even allowed cycling for quite some time. In some countries, they still are not… How can we expect that male and female cycling will be at the same level? Is this fair? It is not. Is anything fair in this world? Nope. I am happy that WTNB cycling is becoming more popular. I think things already started to change and I only hope for the best. Future is female and ***** ***!

Any riding plans for the future?

Always! Big plans on hold, waiting for Corona to piss off. Maybe my next trip is not going to be extremely long/warm/scenic, but I do plan some touring on my own. As corona is still ‘raving’ around, it will have to happen in England. Plenty of magical forests and even some hills around. By the way, I use to hate climbing uphills, and now? Can’t wait for a steep rocky path! It is most likely going to rain, but hey! Always push your limits, even in winter. Just gotta remember to check if your sleeping bag will keep you warm enough! Also, bear in mind that nothing is waterproof if its raining cats and dogs for three days consequently;)

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Name/location/discipline

I’m Jasmine Naea, I live in LA, I ride and race road and fixed gear in crits.

What does riding mean to you?

Riding my bike means everything to me, it means freedom, it means power. The bike makes me feel in control and it makes me feel like I’m flying. 

What is your favourite set up?

Currently my favourite set up is my All-City Cosmic Stallion, it’s a 1x 11 speed. I use it for fun when I’m not racing, and for commuting.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

The cycling community is totally male dominated. In some spaces or communities it’s an issue because gender equality is often overlooked. In our community we focus on inspiring new women to ride with us and become comfortable on the bike. I personally have never felt pushed out or discouraged by any men. I think that even men are aware that there is only a small amount of women and I feel they want that to change too. I believe in change, for equality, and not just in the bike scene/community. I believe as women, we have the power to control all aspects of our future if we work together. 

Any riding plans for the future?

The future seems so uncertain and I’m okay with that, I currently want to ride to my favourite mountain this weekend with a good friend. As for next year I’m praying for a full season to prove my abilities and upgrade my road category. But even if COVID prevents us from having another racing season, I’ll still commute and explore, with my favourite people.

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Name: Exe Irl (they/them, il/y)

Location: Montréal (My base is here, but just love to be on the move, obviously, now, with Covid, of course it ever changing)

Discipline: All of it. I ride pretty much all kinds of bikes, I rotate in between them. At some point this summer I had 6, now I’m down to 3 working ones, I got a Fuji track (left to me by my friend Fionn who left Canada), I got this new Bassi bikes HOGS BACK (made here in Montreal), it’s a gravel/touring beast, and last but not least I have a Trek work truck.

What does riding mean to you?

Riding quite literally got me out from a lot of toxicity in my life. It’s a way for me to expend all my energy, feel free, have meaningful solo time, heal my brain… it helps me get back into my body, it expends my awareness, it also brings me closer to a community that has similar feelings and that’s what matters the most to me. Riding is empowering. I bring myself to places. I choose where I go, and truly, I do not feel the limits of it, I could just leave with my bike and go off-grid if I wanted to. It gives me freedom. Feeling empowered in this scrappy world right now is something to feel grateful for! I could explain this for a while but it would take way too long…

I was riding a lot before being a bike messenger and some day, I was going to my previous workplace (commuting) and I had this huge realization that what I really loved doing most in my day was biking around in the city, and that’s kind of how I took the decision to quit that job and start doing bike delivery.

I now work with Chasseurs Courrier in Montréal and couldn’t be happier to have met such an incredible community and be able to work in an environment that feels right for me. 

Riding brought me to many different places, (and I wish to go way further), it brought me to meet messengers and riders from around the globe and I truly cherish the fact that I have community in many different places because of that. Biking is an extension of myself and I absolutely couldn’t live without it. In fact, if I can’t ride for a bunch of days (for any kind of reason) it makes me go absolutely mad. Riding is a need, a love, and something I couldn’t go (happily) without. 

What is your favourite set up?

Thats such a hard question for me. Theres so many sick set-ups out there, some that I would like to try in the future but haven’t brought myself to them yet…

A part of me will always have the biggest kink for the rattest bikes out there. The Fuji track that I got from my pal is definitely the most rat bike I’m riding at the moment… it’s called the FOOL, had got an insane amount of paint and stickers on it, had been welded where the seat post is… it’s a whole kind of a beast with lot’s of life to it. I think my fave bikes are the ones that got many miles to it, that big rat energy.

I also do love my new HOGS from Bassi, it’s a 42 1/11 ratio, got that SRAM Apex and NX transmission, 650b x 47 Dynamico tires,  64,5 cm wide handlebar from Crust…. It’s definitely my most fancy bike yet, and I do absolutely LOVE riding it, you can go on crazy adventures with that one, and riding big miles feels like such a smooth ride.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your thoughts about it?

That’s a tricky question for me because, as part of the queer community, and as I am trans/non binary, I feel it’s hard to talk about it by using binaries. But yeah, I do think that the environment I hugely cis-dude oriented and has been (historically) modelled mainly for them. I mean, we just need to look at the « biggest » road races, like Tour de France, and how it’s literally just for cis-dudes. There’s been femme communities out there trying to prove that YES, non cis-dudes can absolutely do the same amount of riding and should, without any doubts, have a place in all communities, in all races, in all events, in all shops, doing mechanic, having accessible knowledge, and not always feel like they have to pass by a cis-dude to get by… (that’s maybe by personal experience but I’ve felt that way before for sure, and I don’t wanna be blind to it).

In general I feel like it’s changing, more and more, and, personally, I started being a bike messenger because, amongst all, I was absolutely pissed off that most of the community was dominated by cis-dudes. I feel empowered to be a queer trans-non binary boy being absolutely able to smash as hard as other « males » out there… all in all, I feel like ALL genders should have equality to resources, knowledge, space (working with bikes, racing, going to events). We should most importantly work together to establish a safe-inclusive space for all. A bunch of collectives out there give me hope, like SHE36 in Germany, the queer polo community in Montreal (and also the huge queer biking community present here), WTF bike explorers, the all femme-messenger company Queens Bicimensajeras in Bogota, that are absolutely all killing it. There’s way more out there… But yes, there’s still work to do but I definitely think it’s happening… and will keep going towards inclusivity.

I think it’s all about encouraging queer/non-cis dudes to be part of the community that it can grow stronger, and be more diverse. Our company, Chasseurs Courrier, encourages WTNB people to work with us and that’s a really good way to create visibility and make space for empowerment. I’ll stop myself from writing a novel on the subject but there’s so much to write about… 

Any riding plans for the future?

Well I do hope that I can go bike places soon, I’ve been riding this summer inside Canada, and it has been amazing, my next goals are to go back in Europe and ride in a bunch of places while I’m there, but of course, no idea when I will be able to do that so for now I’m riding for work and doing small camping trips/rides inside Quebec.

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Name: Fatima Minor

Location: Moscow, Russia

Discipline: Fixed gear

What does riding mean to you?

Speed ​​and independence. I bought my first fix with the intention of quick moving across the city and being less in the underground, because Moscow is a constant rush for me. It takes 4 hours of commuting by train every day. Endless waiting for transport is also an issue.

But I didn’t expect the bike to completely change my life. When I realized I am addicted to the bike, it was too late. I spend the same 4 hours on commuting, but on the bike now. So the day is never wasted, whatever it is.

There was a point of time, when I forgot how to walk, because I rode my bike to work, to gym, home or just to laze around. My friends were surprised and asked how I can ride so long distances so fast. Now I want to admit that it rarely came easy for me.

Moscow is a rather hilly city and sometimes roads are not the most pleasant. But this is the whole thrill! Constant overcoming of oneself, constant struggling, constant training – these gives a feeling of freedom and independence. The more difficult the path, the more interesting and joyful it is despite you realize it only at the end of the path. So, here’s my motto “If you’re dead – keep going”.

And of course, a bicycle unites the world. I figured out this over time, when I met and got acquainted with the most interesting bike lovers around the world. In short, the person who invented a bicycle is a great person.

What is your favourite set up?

Fixed gear. My first bike was a fixed gear and it is still a fixed gear. Moreover, as a beginner, I bought a Fuji, and had been cycling on it for 4 years and only recently I’ve changed it to a less heavy Aventon. I like being tied to a bike in the truest sense of the word.

As I said, I bought it as a mean for faster and more affordable traveling around the city. I’d been cycling from 20 to 30 km per day. But when I put an end to short stops during cycling, I started to ride from 40 to 90 km per day.

My friends advise me to buy road bike for a long distance. But I am not intimidated by long distances on the fix. By now, the maximum distance I’ve ridden was 150 km on the route from St. Petersburg to Vyborg. And I’m going to ride even more. I am very inspired by people who travel on a fixed gear or go to the mountains on a fix. They’re tremendously strong and enduring!

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

My take on this matter is that men dominate cycling, as well as many kinds of sports or other areas. But that’s okay for me, I’m not a feminist lol. Perhaps this was a problem a long time ago, when women were oppressed, but in the modern world I think it is all right, at least I have not encountered it.

On the contrary, I began to notice there are more and more women cyclists. And that is great trend!

Any riding plans for the future?

I was going to go to Spain this year with my fix and have a ride from Barcelona to Valencia. This would have been the beginning of my first journey on a bike. But the virus broke everyone’s plans. So I keep the same plan for next year. 

And also I do plan to buy a road bike to ride really steep mountains.

To be honest, I never thought that I would ever think about cycling. And that a bicycle can give such intense pleasure and even can change your worldview.

A bicycle makes you strong not only physically, but also spiritually. It allows you to enjoy your path, your own strength and the beauty of surrounding environment. All that is required of you is not to give up and try hard. A bike is a marvelous invention in all respects.

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Name: Julia Ida Pantkowska 

Location: Barcelona (I’m actually originally from Poland but grew up in the in Manchester UK I’ve been living in Spain for 3 years now. Right now in Barcelona)

Discipline: I really love cyclocross and gravel, currently you might spot me in the city with a Omnium cargo though. 

What does riding mean to you?

It’s another way of expressing myself, getting all my energy out and turning it into something positive. Not only it gives me freedom and confidence but makes me want to work on myself and constantly improve. 

I use my bike to commute and also I have a bike messaging company Early Bird Courier based in Barcelona so it’s a way of living. I’m a firm believer in green living and a practitioner of zero waste. I’m also a huge fan of bikepacking and going out into the forest, being in one with nature, as the city can be a busy place… 

I believe that riding is another form of art just like a painting. 

‌Riding my bike gives me motivation and happiness and I love it when you can share this with somebody else… 

What is your favourite set up?

Actually I have a couple of different bikes, at the moment I’m using Stevens Super Prestige Ultegra di2 with DT Swiss wheel, I also love using the Omnium Cargo Shimano XT – it is just incredible, can move mountains with this bike. Thanks Omnium for creating this beast.

Do you think the environment is male dominated?

Yes, I really think it is, this is the reason why I have decided to start my own messaging company with my boyfriend as the cycling world is so male-dominated. And this is one of the main reasons why I really want to make an impact within this industry. I believe that us girls we are strong and the world needs to know about i! We got this!

Any riding plans for the future?

Well there are so many that I have planned, however, I’m now concentrating on Early Bird Courier, it is something that I have put a lot of love and effort it. So, for now, we will stick with delivering in the city and supporting a small company. And of course, more bike packing trips in the near future.

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Name/location/discipline

Amanda Bryan and I hail from Bellingham, WA (USA) but I currently live in Fayettville, WV. I enjoy many different disciplines of the sport but I mostly identify as a mountain biker. My riding preference is more on the gravity spectrum of MTB’ing but I also really enjoy multi-day bikepacking adventures  or spending an afternoon at the local pumptrack.

What does riding mean to you?

This, to me, is a really big question. Bicycles gave me a purpose and riding gave me an outlet that I didn’t know I needed. Before I discovered mountain bikes, I was pretty lost. I was living in Seattle, WA half-ass going to college and working 4 part time jobs. Burning the candle at both ends is an understatement.

Then I discovered mountain biking and it brought me back to being curious about the natural world. Riding brought me back to being a kid that spends all day in the dirt, in the woods. Bicycles made me think about mental health and its relationship to my physical health. This incredible machine introduced me to an amazing community that networks globally!

Riding my bike has given me the opportunity to travel the country and create a family that spreads across the US. My bicycle has taken me to foreign countries and has allowed me to experience other cultures all from my saddle. Riding to me means choosing freedom and mental health and community.

What is your favourite set up?

I don’t have a favourite so I’ll share a few if that’s ok!

  1. I love my full-suspension bikes with all my heart but nothing rides like a steel Kona Honzo. The geo and material of that bike is designed for pure shredding. It’s snappy and playful and wants to be in the air and feels the most at home on steep, chunky terrain. Even though Kona markets it as a all-mountain hardtail, which it is, it’s my weapon of choice for XC days and long pedals. I rock the Tenet Bodem C bar with a 25mm rise and cut at 770mm length. That’s combined with a Chromag BZA 35mm stem. I have Hope pro 4 hubs laced up to WTB rims that sport Maxxis Minions front and rear.
  2. The bikepacking rig of choice for me is a Kona Unit X. I have the 2020 model that shows off a beautiful champagne gold and might be my most favourite thing about this bike. Its current setup is a pair of Soma Osprey swept back handle bars for wrist comfort and 29X3.0 WTB ranger tires. I took this bike on the 300 mile Cape Loop route at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, at the beginning of the year and the tires were clutch for all the sand. The Unit X rocks a PackNW frame bag at all times that is a custom, handmade frame bag by a women own and lead business out of Bellingham, WA. Almost all of my bags for bike trips are made by Hilary at PackNW.
  3. I feel I have to talk about my cruiser townie bicycle. I own a 2015 Humuhumu. That’s short for the original name Humuhumu Nukunuku a Pua’a – after a Hawaiian native fish – and is one of the most cool looking cruiser bikes, ever. It has a heavy moto influence and is set up single speed. I have the teal frame and I dressed it up with custom purple glitter decals and purple cog and chainring along with purple cable and housing. It always turns heads when I’m pedaling around the city or have it parked outside the pub.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

I do think the cycling industry is male-dominated and I believe that it hurts the cycling industry as a whole. Most companies are owned and operated by a white, cis male population and most upper level, management positions are held by cis men. The majority of bike shops are owned my cis men and the majority of folks that are employed in bike shops are cis-gendered men.

I am currently employed by a bicycle company and I am the only female on a sales team of 11 in the USA. Part of my job is to visit bike shops across the United States and I am often the only woman in the shop and on shop rides. When I get to walk in to a shop and work with a non-cis male owner or manager, I get stoked! When I get invited to a women’s ride or a FTW ride, I feel safe and that energy space fills the tank. I don’t just think it should change, I think it has to change. We need to see more non-cis men in leadership roles and more of those folks at the table, at all times.

Any riding plans for the future?

At the time of writing this, the USA is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide so most of my big riding plans are on hold but I have a MTB trip to Oaxaca, Mexico with a group of women riders that I’m really looking forward to. I’ve also got a bikepacking trip in the fall in Idaho with one of my best friends. Besides those bigger trips, I can’t wait to travel across the country and ride in new places with new people!

Ride like a girl is a series of interviews with WTNB (women trans non-binary) riders from around the world. If you would like to be contributed drop us an email.