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    Common abreviations?

    I'm updating the New Posters thread to include a list of acronyms and abbeviations commonly used here. This is what I have so far:

    LBS - Local Bike Shop
    FD - Front Dérailleur
    RD - Rear Dérailleur
    mech - Mechanism, usually a dérailleur and associated parts
    DS - Drive Side - the side of the bike with the chain et al.
    NDS - Non-Drive Side - the side of the bike without the chain
    nnT - e.g. 34T - the number of teeth on a chain sprocket, usually used as the size of the sprocket

    Please enlarge on the inadequacies of this list.


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    Not included. I want to stick to ones that are fairly unique to a Bike Mechanics forum:

    TT
    TT
    brifter
    BMX
    fubar
    Last edited by DMF; 01-12-10 at 03:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    what does dmf stand for?

    lol !!

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    BB =bottom bracket
    DB =double butted
    CW =clockwise
    CCW =counter-clockwise
    c-c =center to center
    c-t =center to top
    HTA =head tube angle
    STA =seat tube angle
    TT =top tube
    HT =head tube
    ST =seat tube
    NM =Newton meters
    +1 =ditto
    Last edited by Al1943; 01-14-10 at 01:16 PM.

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    "mech" = mechanism is usually limited to UK posters. The same people who refer to tyres.
    dt = downtube. Usually refers to shift levers mounted on the downtube of the frame.
    bb = bottom bracket
    qr = quick release

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    Park BFW - Any large wrench, whether or not made by Park Tools.

    Also, not exactly acronyms, but some reverse sounding terms that are helpful to remember if you're new to cycling:

    Clipless pedals are the pedals that you clip into.
    Tubular tires are the tires without separate inner tubes.

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    "granny" = the smallest chainring on a triple crankset.

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    BB and QR for sure.

    Still considering the others.
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    OLD Over Locknut Distance. Comes up frequently when people ask about upgrading shifting.

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    BCD: bolt circle diameter
    STI: Shimano total integration

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    BCD: bolt circle diameter
    STI: Shimano total integration
    Add;

    SPD = Shimano Pedaling Dynamics. Shimano-speak for their "clipless" pedals and, by analogy, the bolt pattern used on most mountain bike and touring shoes.

    MTB = Mountain Bike

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    SSFG=single speed fixed gear.
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    dp = double pivot brakes
    sp = single pivot brakes.

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    This makes me think there should be a cycling dictionary. Anyone seen one?
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    What about MILF
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    What about MILF
    Wrong forum.

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    20 posts and no one has brought up HTFU???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    20 posts and no one has brought up HTFU???
    Again, wrong forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    What about MILF
    GILF...anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SneakyKing View Post
    GILF...anyone?
    Hmm.
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