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  • ridein

    No bathroom break epigrams?

    • ummm…

      ha!

  • Amanda Martinez

    “If it were more fashionable and/or socially acceptable, we’d all shave our heads.”

    Or you can do whatever you like with your hair or lack thereof despite what others deem as “fashionable” and “socially acceptable”. You’re already defying a norm by being a woman on a bicyle, so please continue to keep doing what makes you feel good, regardless of the small minded folk who want you to adhere to a certain standard of beauty while you ride.

    • winkybiker

      I’m always a bit puzzled why professional athletes seeking that last 1/10th of a percent, have long hair. Isn’t a it another “marginal gain” to keep it short?

      • Anne-Marije Rook

        Specialized did some hairstyle windtunnel testing and found that (aside from super short hair) a long braid down the back is actually the most aero hairstyle. More aero than a bun or a pony tail.

        • Luke Bartlett

          I think I read somewhere that when Laurent Fignon was beaten by LeMond in the final time trial in a tour, his ponytail time penalty was in the order of time by which he lost the yellow jersey. (Maybe backed up by science, probably also due to Lemond’s TT bike and Fignon’s fairly standard roadbike). If only he knew of the long braid!

        • winkybiker

          So wear it super short, rather than choose the “least worst” long-hair style. Cooler, too.

    • Capt Agg

      Pixie hair is hot said this guy! Cut it you’ll go FASTER! :):):)

      • Chloe Lasseron

        Honestly I don’t think the 2 secs of time you save with a shaved head is worth having a hair style you don’t like. This from someone who’s had every hair style from a mohawk to long hair and everything in between. Most of us don’t get paid to race bikes, so wear your hair however you’d like.

        • Capt Agg

          OK. : ) I just like the pixie look. But your look is pretty good too!

    • ummm…

      you think that being a woman on a bike is defying the norm? how so?

    • Samantha H Agastin

      Fashionable… Some actresses have/ had that look and it was defined as very hot! Though so many men shave and no one ask them why… Women get to deal with people unasked opinion, questioning ( are you going crazy? Free diver? Lesbian? Jailed omg!? Illness?! + their insecurities…)
      Do what works for you! Life too short… People either love it or hate it and voice it ( like I asked or comment their lousy style… ) some people surprise you by not judging or liking what is not their style, others disappoint you. Some tell you how courageous you are and that hey get your statement…. Wow I just shaved because I love it!

      • warnschild

        Those actresses weren’t cyclists though who maybe want to make a statement – to themselves as well as to others – with regard to female appearance: In our day-to-day life, we have to compromise a lot during training and racing (and how much more so must that be the case for pros), and at least to me it’s a good feeling to wear my hair long and get at least some opportunities to show off beautiful skirts and dresses etc.

  • david__g

    Hey, the gel thing applies to everyone. I look like a three year old at dinner time after I’ve had one.

    • jules

      I don’t have too much problem with gels. You’ve just got to suck it all out to prevent the sticky mess.

      I’m being serious here.

      • winkybiker

        Yep, it’s an art. Keep sucking and squeezing until it’s clean. Stops your hands sticking to the bars. If the little tab comes right away from the package (it also an art to part tear it with your teeth so it stays attached), tuck it under the leg band of your bibs, rather than stuff around trying to get that little bit back into your pocket. Just don’t throw it on the ground. I keep new gels/bars one side and empties in the other. Pump and phone in the middle.

      • velocite

        I don’t have a problem either, but that’s because I carry my gel in a little squeeze flask. And no, I’m not a triathlete, I just don’t like the sticky mess.

      • ummm…

        BEHAVE!

  • Capt Agg

    – Beating your male riding buddies is so darn satisfying. Whether it’s right or wrong, it is hard not to feel that streak of girl power satisfaction.

    I am a guy and I have been shamed by chicks many times. Being up to 30Kgs lighter is a massive advantage – Use it – it makes me want to work harder to catch you! So its win win! ;)

    • Dave

      Only if the difference is 30kg of flab. Lose that and you can get back ahead!

      • Capt Agg

        Yeah Hi Dave.. I am about 176cm at 77 Kg… Most chicks that outrun me come in about 55Kg up to maybe 185cm. Physics always outruns stoopid. I wasn’t being sexist. I was being realistic – ur clearly stoopid, drunk, sexist or all 3.. enjoy your lowered status (now world famous) The tallest lady who outran me (who will always have my RESPECT) is about 195cm and still at less than 75Kg and she left me for dead. My “flab” is less than ADF commando minimum BMI and can ride 100Km at 23Km/h, 70Km at 27KM/h. Thats not great, but that’s not what what we are talking about is it?

        • Ant

          Oh my, that hit a raw nerve didn’t it? I think Dave was meaning that it’s not about weight so much as power to weight ratio – and being a male with our higher levels of testosterone we have a bit of an edge there. Which is why the girls so badly like to smash us.

          • Capt Agg

            Actually, I got it completely.. It seems u and Dave missed that that’s exactly what I just said… Power to weight. Most fit
            female cyclists actually have a power to weight advantage up to a certain threshold of training. So, you were observant on one hand and as blind as the rest on the other… at least you got halfway there,,, I was trying to say that I am NOT up to the standard of a lot of the ladies out there, and that is driving me to compete harder to keep up… seems most want to see it from the other perspective… Glass infrastructure anyone?

    • ummm…

      i get why women would be “satisfied” beating a man, but I’m not sure it is such an achievement. There are probably hundred of thousands of women that can beat me. The mountain doesn’t know your gender.

    • warnschild

      I actually beat women even though I apparently don’t look as if I might be able to. I’m quite small and not that narrow-framed as they’d expect in a woman to beat them. It’s not all about weight in the weight-to-watt-ratio calculation, and I love to make proof of that once in a while.

  • winkybiker

    Apart from the couple related to menstruation, these all seem like uni-sex truths to me.

    • Dave

      Ah, that reminds me:

      #19 – cyclists are not exempt from being targeted by Buzzfeed-style lists of factoids.

      • velocite

        This sort of article is a bit like ‘Who’ magazine in dentists’ waiting rooms. I never read them.

        • ummm…

          ya just did!

          • velocite

            Quite right!

        • Unbelievable

          What are you doing down here then? :-)

          • Dave

            Waiting to get his teeth checked out.

      • winkybiker

        Yeah, I’m not sure these puff-pieces do much to advance the status of women’s cycling. But I guess that’s not the point.

  • ummm…

    ride selfies? faux pas

  • Lisa Eriksson

    Wow you guys!
    Times like these we need that “No boys allowed”-sign!
    Can we not just have our own “dentist waiting room”-worthy “Buzzfeed-style lists of factoids” without y’all men coming here getting your testosterone heated up and #mansplaining the shit out of it?!

    I enjoyed this list a lot, it’s funny and I nodded in agreement to almost all, and it’s nice knowing that I’m not alone on these things! Yay for bulletpoint lists! :)

    Also,

    “– Going commando after a long ride is a common yet unspoken treatment for saddle sores.”
    Yup, once went a full week commando at my office job to air it all out after a particularly long and grueling time in the saddle. Holla! for flowy summer dresses! ;)

    • Anne-Marije Rook

      Thanks Lisa!

      • warnschild

        I know some of it, like the commando-thing (had to look that vocabulary up though as I hadn’t known the expression in English before :D ), but not others. For example, I don’t know all of that one-time-per-month problems since I’ve started to go for menstrual cups instead of traditional stuff. It’s way better!

        However, I miss a pee-break-without-any-trees-and-bushes-in-sight matter. Or the other-women-envy-me-for-how-much-I-can-eat thing :P

  • Leanne Barnard Lange

    Contrary to manufacturers beliefs we do not like all that is pink!!

    • warnschild

      YES, YES, YES! And we don’t like to pay more for less!

      I don’t need a different gear ratio, not even other cycling frames (mostly uggly ones and not suitable for tough riding), but I actually DO need break levers (on my MTB) that can be adjusted to my very short fingers AND in the same time work on very technical terrain (which, for example, Shimano XT does not at all)!

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