Cheri’ Ben-Iesau has spent her life behind bars, bicycle bars.
Cheri is a New Orleans based artist and writer who was born in Los Angeles, CA. She joined the Coast Guard in 1986 and spent the next 25 years crisscrossing the US for work. The Coast Guard brought her to Louisiana in the ‘90s, where, after marrying a local boy, she made New Orleans home. Cheri’s earliest memories of bikes was having to ride whatever machine she and her siblings could cobble together from junk they
found. Schwinn was the name in bikes back then and a Varsity, well, that was the Rolls Royce of bikes, but a complete, mechanically sound, matching bicycle was out of the family’s socioeconomic scope. Still, early on she knew a day on a bike, any bike, was her kind of day.
Cheri’s bike experiences include work commutes, cyclotouring in Canada, Australia, Mexico, Spain and the US, and racing in the Texas State Mountain Bike Series. She currently has “only” four bikes and the most recent
addition was, finally, that Schwinn Varsity.
Features about Cheri’ and her art have appeared in Louisiana Homes & Gardens, Professional Mariner, and the Times Picayune. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, or on her web page, www.ben-iesau.com.