Dear Bike Lemming,
Do women need to adjust anything, you know, down there while riding? I ask because on a ride the other day I saw a woman reach down in to her shorts at a stop before taking off.
Dear Gender confused,
Thank you for writing to the lemming. The lemming usually does not address issues such as this, he can provide insight but suggests contacting the MellowVelo for a definitive answer as she is a woman and she rides.
That said, are you sure that she wasn't a he? If you are sure then there are many reasons you might have seen a woman reach in to her shorts at a stop before continuing a ride. It might be possible she was applying chamois cream (pronounced shammy creme).
Possibly more probable is that she was doing long-term saddle reviews for female anatomical saddles and was checking for numbness. Women can suffer from the same numbness men can and you'll probably see her review in an upcoming issue of Bicycling. Either that or she was adjusting something.
Dear Bike Lemming,
Now that Levi Leipheimer put on his "Gran Fondo", is "Gran Fondo" going to be the next big buzz word on the charity ride circuit and cycling in general for 2010?
Vorrei essere un pilota moto
Dear Vorrei essere un pilota moto,
Thank you for reaching out to the lemming. Yes, it is the lemming's prediction that "Gran Fondo" will become the big buzz word in cycling for 2010. Expect to see a bunch of "Gran Fondos" popping up all over the country. As you may know "Gran Fondo" is said to mean "big ride" in Italian, although not literally. I should note that "Gran Fondo" will be a big buzz word in every country but Italy, there the buzz word will be "big ride" and you'll see "big rides" popping up all over Italy, because "big ride" means "Gran Fondo" in American.
Some other buzz word you should watch out for are:
malaking sumakay - which means "big ride" in Tagalog
tequila grande - which means "big tequila" in Spanish
Rosie O'Donnell - which means "big ride" in all languages
大型車 -which means "big ride" in Japanese
đi xe lớn - which means "big ride" in Vietnamese
سوار بزرگ - which means "big ride" in Persian
büyük yolculuk - which means "big ride" in Turkish
μεγάλη βόλτα - which means "big ride" in Greek
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