One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A container for water or other liquids, particularly as used by cyclists.‘never ride with an empty bidon or a full bladder’
- ‘He goes to the back of the peleton, collects ten bidons for his team, speeds to the front and takes the lead again going up a category 1 mountain.’
- ‘After crossing the line, he talked of the hard time he had on the ascent, as he couldn't drink after he lost his bidon after 8-9 km.’
- ‘I believe that the tiny Tour de France winner Jean Robic - almost sixty years ago, mind - used to take bidons of lead on descents to weigh him down.’
- ‘The last time I washed my bidon with dishwasing detergent, I couldn't get rid of the taste of detergent.’
- ‘Thankfully for him, he got a huge help from Panaria's Paolo Tiralongo, who gave him his bidon as Ivan passed the Sicilian on the false-flat section.’
- ‘He crashed in the final 15 kilometres of Dwars door Vlaanderen after a bidon was caught up in his front wheel.’
- ‘Those adipose fans who line the route with camper vans and picnic tables would not bat an eyelid if they discovered that, instead of cold tea, the riders carried rocket fuel in their bidons.’
- ‘The driver offers him a bidon but Millar declines and pushes on to catch up to the bunch.’
- ‘The comely waitress standing by the door asked my friend if he would like his bidon filled.’
- ‘The peloton entered Jean de Florette country to the highpitched chattering of cicadas, with the domestiques making constant visits to their team cars to refill their riders ' bidons.’
Mid 19th century: French.
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