About Femme Cyclist

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Hi there, welcome to Femme Cyclist! We started this site because we noticed the lack of women-specific media in the cycling industry.  It seemed like a lot of the big websites and magazines catered to men, and any articles by or for women were treated as a side-niche. 

The intent of Femme Cyclist is two fold.  First, to create a safe-place and space for women in cycling.  Second, to encourage and inspire women to enter and continue in the sport.

We celebrate all forms of cycling because, quite frankly, they are all rad.  Whether you enjoy mountain biking, commuting, road cycling, cyclocross, bike touring, or unicycling — we are here to support you.

At Femme Cyclist, you’ll find tips and how-tos, product reviews, and stories. All with the intent to inspire you and help you have more fun on your bike.

The Faces At Femme Cyclist

Wondering who the heck we are? Here ya go!

Core Team

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Kristen Bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @kristenlbonkoski

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Debra Bonkoski

Debra is our do-it-all gal. She helps manage social media, sorts thru your questions and comments, and occasionally jumps in to test and review gear as well.

When she’s not helping with the Femme Cyclist community, she’s teaching junior high math, camping, and cruising around town on her electric bike.

Recurring Contributors

Terry Coolweather on Bike Full

Stacy Ann Smith is a New England-based cyclist who strives to stay upright on her bike.  She is the founder of Sascy Cycling, and her mission is to encourage women to love their body and focus on what it can do, not what it looks like.  When Stacy’s not cycling she is teaching high school history and eating pizza with her husband and son.

IG: @sascycycling

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Jane Gerritsen bought her first mountain bike at age 52 as “retirement prep” and since that time, the mountain bike community has opened up her world to new goals, new adventures and best of all, new friends.  She is most grateful for her time at home, where she is learning to renovate her garage, try new recipes, write, and of course, plan her next mountain bike adventure.

Malorie Gage has been mountain biking, road, gravel cycling for many years. She lives in Colorado where she’s raising two tiny humans and balancing biking and motherhood.


We are always looking for submissions from rad women cyclists (that’s you)!  If you have a story you’d like to tell, or if you’d like to write a review of your favorite bike/helmet/pair of bike shoes, shoot us a note at kristenbonkoski@bpcole.org.


Are you a bike brand that would like to see your product featured on Femme Cyclist?  Send us a note at kristenbonkoski@bpcole.org for a Media Kit.


Have a question?  Feel free to shoot us a note.  We will either respond to you directly or write a new post about it.  If you’re wondering about something, somebody else probably is too.