The Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang

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  1. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Kath just E-mailed me this, by way of 'Wifely duies' - said she thought she ought to be able to
    "Better communicate with [me] with regards to my passions", heheheheh...........

    The Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang
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    Auger v. to involuntarily take samples of the local geology, usually with one's face, during a
    crash. See face plant.

    Bagger n. one who always agrees to ride, party, gather, etc. but rarely shows. bag v. to fail to
    show. "Tom swore he'd be there but he bagged."

    Brain sieve n. a helmet featuring more vents than protective surface.

    Brand whore n. a rider that will only buy high-end parts/gear with name recognition. Wouldn't be
    caught dead using LX level parts or wearing a pair of Nashbar shorts.

    Chinese toe cuffs n. see toe clips.

    Clipless adj. misleading name for a pedal-and-shoe system where the clips or cleats clip onto the
    soles of special shoes. Called "clipless" because they replaced toe clips.

    Death cookies n. fist-sized rocks that knock your bike in every direction but the one you want to
    proceed in.

    Drillium n. any part with lots of holes drilled in it to make it lighter.

    First blood n. credit to the first rider in a group who crashes and starts bleeding as a result

    Foot fault n. when a rider can't disengage his cleats from the pedals before falling over. See
    horizontal track stand.

    Fred n. 1) a person who spends a lot of money on his bike and clothing, but still can't ride. "What
    a fred -- too much Lycra and titanium and not enough skill." Synonym for poser. Occasionally called
    a "barney".

    Gravity check n. a fall.

    Gutter bunny n. a bicycling commuter.

    Impedimentia n. all the junk on a bike that impeeds performance and looks bad.

    JRA n. acronym for "Just Riding Along," a phrase universally uttered by people bringing both halves
    of their frame and the remains of their fork in for warrantee replacement.

    Unobtanium adj. describing a bike or accessory made from expensive, high-tech material. A play on
    "unobtainable" and "titanium." n. a piece (of god knows what) that has come off from the inside of
    something else and rattles around, impossible to retrieve to stop the rattling. E.g. a piece of weld
    comes off of the inside of a bike frame.

    Vultures n. spectators who line up at dangerous obstacles in hopes of seeing blood.

    Weight-weenie n. a MTB owner (not even necessarily a rider) who is more concerned with how many
    milligrams a certain component saves off the bike's total weight than with how to be a better rider.

    Yard sale n. (from skiing) a horrendous crash that leaves all your various "wares" -- water bottles,
    pump, tool bag, etc. -- scattered as if on display for sale.
     
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  2. Kanotspell

    Kanotspell Guest

    > The Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang
    > -----------------------------------------------------
    >
    <snippy snippy> BSO n. acronym for "Bicycle Shaped Object". Devices advertised as "Bicycles"
    commonly found at department stores. From a distance they can easily be mistaken for actual
    bicycles but upon closer inspection they are revealed to be unridable. Also commonly refered to as
    a Walgoose or Huffy.
     
  3. Bb

    Bb Guest

    On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 13:56:42 +0100, Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    >
    > Kath just E-mailed me this, by way of 'Wifely duies' - said she thought she ought to be able to
    > "Better communicate with [me] with regards to my passions", heheheheh...........

    Looks like a subset of http://world.std.com/~jimf/biking/slang.html, which has been around for years
    (and apparently not updated).

    --
    -BB- To reply to me, drop the attitude (from my e-mail address, at least)
     
  4. John Morgan

    John Morgan Guest

    > Unobtanium adj. describing a bike or accessory made from expensive, high-tech material. A play on
    > "unobtainable" and "titanium." n. a piece
    (of
    > god knows what) that has come off from the inside of something else and rattles around, impossible
    > to retrieve to stop the rattling. E.g. a piece
    of
    > weld comes off of the inside of a bike frame.

    You better ask Oakley about this one... I think you may be in copyright violation. =)

    -John Morgan
     
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