We female cyclists are a fairly large audience, now - but there's still a little bit of ignorance out there.
Well meaning as they might be, here are just a few of the comments that sometimes make our blood boil...
Does the man in your life fix your punctures?
What makes you think we don't fix his?
Of course, fixing a puncture isn't an innate skill for any sex - here's our easy to follow how-to.
"Just like the men's version, but made to fit a woman"
Well, yea, we figured that from the "female specific" bit in the title, but tell us more about what this bike will do for us...
Other women apologising for being unfit/rubbish
"You'll have to wait at the top of every climb for me"
"I'm rubbish at descending"
"Sorry I'm so slow..."
Go for a ride with a group of women, and you very often hear self-depreciation before the off. Confidence is a huge part of performance, so if you're guilty of this one, drop the excuses, relax, and let yourself enjoy the ride! It WILL be more fun.
A woman walks into a bike shop. Silence. Only it's not a joke.
All to often we hear stories about women being either ignored, or asked if they're buying something for a man-friend when they enter a cave of bikey delights.
Thankfully, that's changing with the new breed of female friendly bike shop - but it still happens!
You're pretty fast, for a girl....
Thanks to TWC reader Abbie for this one!
We direct anyone making this comment to #LikeAGirl. Simples.
Are you going to be ok without a compact?
Yes, we really do have a friend who was asked this when she hired a bike, with a double chainset, for a training camp. The concerned onlooker was worried she'd struggle without smaller gears.
She promptly dropped the offender on every climb. Mwhaha.
I got a "pass" from my wife/girlfriend to do this event...
We hear this one bandied amongst the men at club rides all the time.
We know, going riding with you means you prefer to think if us as a-sexual, but actually we find hearing you talk about your partner like a prison guard makes us feel a bit like smashing that pie you're eating into your face...
Cycling will really help you lose weight
Of course, this statement is entirely correct, if you are taking on fewer calories than you're burning, and trying to drop a few pounds.
However, many of us cycle for sport, to get around, or just because we love it, and don't particularly want to be advised on weight loss, thank you!
Do you have trouble finding jeans?
What are you saying!?
Cycling does tend to result in a slight waist and toned thighs, but not to the point you'll actually be bursting seams.
Check out "Will Cycling Make Your Thighs Bigger?" for more detail...
Male cyclists whinging about shaving their legs
We've been de-fluffing since we were in our early teens, it's really not that difficult...
"Vets and Women"
This one is common in cyclocross racing, and road racing to an extent. There's a race for senior men, juniors, and one for "vets and women". Because of course women are handicapped by sex in exactly the way all men over 40 are handicapped by their age.
We're not actually sure who should be more offended, or what women over 40 are meant to do...
The whole "lucky saddle" cat cat call phase seems to have blown over, but we're still bubbling from the irritation...
Actually, any comment about our bums...
We get it, we're riding in front of you, and you're enjoying the view more than you would if we were a bloke. Don't vocalise it, ever.