What kind of bike do you ride?
An old Raleigh Grand Prix with the squeakiest brakes you've ever heard
How long have you been biking?
Since I moved to Portland a little over 3 years ago.
In what ways do you use your bike? (to/from work, on leisurely rides, to get groceries, pop wheelies...)
In the summer it is my main mode of transportation...when it starts raining my bike gets a bit more familiar with the basement.
How do you carry everything you need when you ride your bike?
I don't carry around much throughout the day - just a small tote bag that I can strap around my back when riding my bike.
Any tips for staying comfortable in the rain?
Your outermost layer makes your ride in the rain much more bearable if it is light and water resistant. Also, GLOVES & hood or hat.
How do you feel about helmets?
The importance of a helmet cannot be stressed enough. Though I will openly admit to not wearing one some of the time…and I don't even really know why. I also think it is important to not just buy the first helmet you come by, but rather to spend some time figuring out which kind works best for you.
What advice would you give someone who's thinking about adding a bike to their transportation mix?
Don't wait 3 years to get a raincoat, as I did! Also, don't let anyone convince you that you aren't able to wear the clothing you enjoy wearing because of your commute with the bike. There are always ways to make things work comfortably and not have to wear rain gear all day long.
What inspires you?
Doing things I've never done, seeing things I haven't seen.
You mentioned that you're about to finish art school - tell us about your photography and that awesome trip you're going to take!
Next term will be my last at the Art Institute of Portland. I'm majoring in Photography & Design and am focusing specifically on travel-based photographic essays. Come April, when I am free from the realm of school, I will be leaving Portland to travel around the world for approximately 3 months. My itinerary is Iceland, Greece, India and Cambodia!
What’s the best place you’ve visited up until now?
Since I am just beginning to expand my travel knowledge, I would have to say New York City has been my favorite so far. It is so vastly different from southern Idaho where I grew up and the amount of creativity that is happening around every corner is unreal.
Please tell us a bit about your personal style.
A tasteful combination of both modern and vintage design - inspired by everything from 90's bodysuits to men’s dress shirts.
Do you believe in marriage?
In certain situations and after a very significant amount of years, yes. Where I am from, it is unusual for me to not be married or even have children at this point. My mother was married at 19, as were both my grandmothers and sister not long after. It is upsetting to me when the act of marriage is taken lightly, or pursued after an insignificant amount of time, as it so often is. So, yes, I do believe in the act of marriage... but, I don't believe in the way that I have seen the majority of the people in my life pursue it.
Can you give us a few top 3 lists? Favorite books, songs, movies and neighborhood haunts, please!
Books - The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan & Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Songs - Sweet Thing by The Waterboys, Cruisin' by D'Angelo & Just Friends by Musiq Soulchild
Movies - Cinema Paradiso, Cashback, Melancholia
Haunts - Palace, Backtalk, Stumptown at the Ace Hotel & Luc Lac
What will you be doing in five years?
Traveling, finding success in my chosen field, learning different languages, writing and always documenting my experiences through my photographs.
Can we see your work somewhere in the meantime?
@haileyetheredge on Instagram
Hailey is wearing the Classic Dress in Black