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Old 01-12-10, 04:19 PM   #1
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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
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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

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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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WW weight weenie
A-C axle to crown
OTB over the bars
IIRC if I recall correctly
CX cyclocross
FTW for the win
ano anodized
HRM heart rate monitor
FS full suspension
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BCD: bolt circle diameter
STI: Shimano total integration
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BCD: bolt circle diameter
STI: Shimano total integration
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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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20 posts and no one has brought up HTFU???
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GILF...anyone?
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IGH-internal gear hub
ERD-effective rim diameter
Al-aluminum
Ti-titanium
CF-carbon fiber
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