Amateurs discarding bidons

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  • ugarizza
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    On my spin out today, the number of cyclists on really nice bikes made me think that with all the money washing around amateur cycling, have we got to the stage where there are reports of amateur cyclists throwing their empty bidon away mid-ride?

    I’m not talking about amateur races, I mean just a casual Sunday ride, for example.

    I’m not knocking it either, if anyone has done it, well why not?

    Actually I might try it next time I’m out and am near other cyclists (I’ll go back and get it later, obviously)

    Klunk
    Member

    eh? what would be the point? is their mum waiting up the road with a replacement ?

    Premier Icon joemmo
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    Even if it’s not true I’m prepared to get outraged at the hypothetical possibility that it could be a thing.

    ugarizza
    Member

    I’m thinking just for effect? Another marginal gain for the pro look? πŸ˜‰

    ugarizza
    Member

    Actually, the idea of a family member or friend with a food bag is another good idea.

    km79
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    What’s a bidon?

    mikewsmith
    Member

    So to be clear you haven’t seen it happen, not sure if it is happening but think it might be?

    ugarizza
    Member

    Ha, it’s a water bottle.

    allthepies
    Member

    km79 wrote:

    What’s a bidon?

    It’s a waterbottle, I don’t know why the OP didn’t say water bottle, perhaps they’re French.

    ugarizza
    Member

    Mike- yes, it’s just conjecture at this stage.

    mikewsmith
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    seen bottle by the side of the road? Occasionally see one here or there but that would normally be down to dropping it by mistake or bouncing out of the cage

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I’ve seen parents teaching kids to do this at u8 and above circuit mtb races.

    Inappropriate IMO.

    ugarizza
    Member

    Thanks Kryton, I thought it would be done at some level. Everything pro seems to filter through.
    I agree with you, if people are teaching their kids that, then it’s not right!

    ugarizza
    Member

    Km79, you’ve come away with a bit of French so you got something out of this:)

    JoB
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    watched a rider leave two water bottles at the bottom of Ditchling Beacon before strava-ing the shit out of the climb*
    considered moving them a bit, for bantz

    *hardly bothering the leaderboard

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    Im just confused why is called a bidon?

    Premier Icon cloudnine
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    Are they teaching them the proper hurling a bidon technique..?
    I bet they arent.. amateurs!

    mikewsmith
    Member

    ugarizza – Member
    Thanks Kryton, I thought it would be done at some level. Everything pro seems to filter through.
    I agree with you, if people are teaching their kids that, then it’s not right!

    But it’s massively different doing it in a closed circuit race where people picking them up to a road. Though please pop back when you see somebody actually doing it….

    Im glad I wasn’t the only one who thought whats a bidon? Is it related to bidet i.e squirty bottle?

    They’ve been throwing inner tubes away for years, probably cost about the same as a bottle.

    Snipers. It’s the only way.

    thecaptain
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    I hang them in trees beside the bags of dog shit.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    There’s a triathlon around Cannock Chase every year. Water bottles (bidon-shaped) get handed out at Marquis Drive. If you grab a bottle, what are you supposed to do with it if your two cages are already occupied by empties?

    rene59
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    what are you supposed to do with it if your two cages are already occupied by empties?

    Exchange one of the empties for the full one? Or is that too difficult?

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    Too difficult at speed, yes. That’s why you might throw one away.

    Or are you suggesting I’m hard of thinking? πŸ˜‰

    rene59
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    I’m no triathlete but surely there is a large bin or something you can chuck your empty into before grabbing a replacement? Those empties can then be cleaned and reused next race handed out full?

    ads678
    Member

    So are we talking about about closed circuit racing or littering here?

    I’m finding it difficult to be outraged about something that doesn’t actually seem to be happening.

    ‘m finding it difficult to be outraged about something that doesn’t actually seem to be happening.

    Your obviously not trying hard enough.

    ocrider
    Member

    km79 – Member
    What’s a bidon?

    It’s a fancy word to use instead of gourde

    PeterPoddy
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    Im just confused why is called a bidon?

    It’s French. It’s meant to make you sound superior to others. It’s actually very pretentious.

    MSP
    Member

    There’s a triathlon around Cannock Chase every year. Water bottles (bidon-shaped) get handed out at Marquis Drive. If you grab a bottle, what are you supposed to do with it if your two cages are already occupied by empties?

    Triathlons are notoriously tough for littering, instant expulsion from the race if a marshal spots you discarding bottle or gel wrapper outside a feed zone. It is a shame most other events are not half as strict.

    MrSmith
    Member

    I was disgusted at all the co2 canisters left on the road by lazy litterbug cyclists until I recently found out it’s kids whizzing Laughing gas 😳

    ugarizza
    Member

    My use of the word bidon is getting a bit of a hammering πŸ™‚

    In my defence, I thought it would be de rigeur on a cycling forum.

    Oh #@#@, I’ve done it again!

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    My local circuit race has a complete ban on throwing water bottles. Riders used to do it in the last few laps to “save weight” as they built up to get their prestigious 27th place in the sprint. Then one hit the fence, bounced back into the road and took out half a dozen riders.

    Instant DQ if you’re seen throwing it no matter how “careful” you are. Start with a bottle = finish with a bottle.

    What’s a bidon?

    It’s what French people, professional cyclists and pricks call water bottles.

    I’m assuming the OP is in one or other of the first two categories…

    oldtalent
    Member

    Im running low on bidons, where was this op so I can go & collect them?

    ugarizza
    Member

    Ha, I stand by the use of bidon and am neither French nor a pro.
    I’ll ignore the other category πŸ™‚

    I wouldn’t use the word at home, or even with the people I ride with.

    But I secretly like it and have no shame about that, I just need to be more careful about where I use it πŸ™‚

    (@oldtalent – I don’t know but if I find out, they’re mine! Could be like used golf balls on a course if it takes off)

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    Im just confused why is called a bidon?

    Same reason hat is chapeau and peloton is, er…

    Anyway as for bidons, I couldn’t care less what you call them, but discarding them is littering.

    Premier Icon DezB
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