Athenas Unite

A Conversation for Plus-Sized Women Who Ride

In the bike world, there’s a range of body types that are commonly accepted and products are designed around that narrow set of specs. So who is left out of that spectrum? Plenty of eager riders, many of whom feel marginalized.

The organizers of Athenas Unite, a conversation for plus-sized women who ride bikes, say this disparity is, “quite simply a bummer.” They note that difficulties in finding gear and apparel can make it unnecessarily challenging to start riding, or stay riding.

Sam Scott, an avid cyclist and self-described woman of size, planned this event to provide an opportunity for people to gather, share stories, share tips and get to know one another. “At the very least we hope that it’s a productive space to share, listen, laugh and build relationships,” she says.

Plus-sized women are invited to attend and the organizers say they have a broad and inclusive definition of what that means. “If you identify as a woman, and plus-sized/of size/fat/etc you’re welcome to come.”

There will be snacks and beverages, so Gladys Bikes asks that you RSVP in advance so they know how many people to expect, but last minute arrivals will by no means be turned away. RSVP to

Wondering what Athena refers to? Check out this article.)

Event Basics

Tuesday, November 18
Gladys Bikes, 2905 NE Alberta St, Portland [map]

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