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    Advice - bicycle, cycle, bike?

    Advice - bicycle, cycle, bike?

    I am still doing some writing.

    http://www.ourwebs.info/bicyclingaboutparkerindex.htm

    I know that "real bikers" ride motorcycels, or so I think.

    So, when writing a paragraph in a bicycling-specific article referring to bicycles, should I always say

    "It is fun to ride your bicycle on trails"

    or would this be allowed

    "It is fun to ride your bike on trails"

    or, what about

    "It is fun to ride your cycle on trails"

    Now, please, someone, don't start a debate over whether or not it is fun to ride your XXX on trails.
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    I would say since it is in a bicycling-specific article , say bike. They will know what you are talking about. jmho

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    Hi,

    IMHO, 'bike' or 'bicycle' are fine in this context. 'Biker' is not OK when talking about cyclists.
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    Once you've eliminated all possible confusion (by reference to bicycles, placement of the piece, etc.) use bike and bicycle as you like. "Cycle" as a noun, however, does not bring a vehicle immediately to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Hi,

    IMHO, 'bike' or 'bicycle' are fine in this context. 'Biker' is not OK when talking about cyclists.
    So, "cyclists" or "bicyclists?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdanel View Post
    "Cycle" as a noun, however, does not bring a vehicle immediately to mind.
    I think this is especially true in the US; in Europe, not so much. What say you, Stapfam?

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    I don't want a pickle - just want to ride my BICYCLE
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    So, "cyclists" or "bicyclists?"
    Either. Just not "biker".
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    I don't want a pickle - just want to ride my BICYCLE
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    So, "cyclists" or "bicyclists?"
    Yes!
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    I think you need to depend on common sense and context. There will be times when "bike" means "motorcycle."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    So, "cyclists" or "bicyclists?"
    As a person who had done a bit of editing: Either but not "biker".

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    Around here "bikers" means guys on Harleys. So I would go with bicyclists or cyclists.

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    My wife stated in our Christmas newsletter insert that I was a biker. I changed it to cyclist.

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    >not "biker"<

    Not so fast. It's appropriate to call someone who rides a mountain bike a "mountain biker." Not "mountain cyclist" or "mountain cycler" or "mountain bicyclist."
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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    >not "biker"<

    Not so fast. It's appropriate to call someone who rides a mountain bike a "mountain biker." Not "mountain cyclist" or "mountain cycler" or "mountain bicyclist."
    Hey!! This is getting confusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    >not "biker"<

    Not so fast. It's appropriate to call someone who rides a mountain bike a "mountain biker." Not "mountain cyclist" or "mountain cycler" or "mountain bicyclist."

    You are presenting something different than the OP. You have added a modifier that changes the meaning. Even then it is not clear cut whether the phrase "mountain biker" refers to a person who rides a pedal powered mountain bike, or one who rides a motorcycle that is specifically configured to ride in the mountains.

    In Denver's context "biker" would not be the best choice. On the other hand in your context there would need to be some clarification on just what what was meant. That could be anything from establishing the context in the overall publication to a specific sentence or two defining the term.

    Of course, I could be wrong. After all just because I've done a fair bit of editing doesn't mean my style is the OP's style. In the end, as long as he does a decent job of laying a contextual foundation it really doesn't matter what terms he uses. The readers will be able to figure it out without a lot of cerebral strain..

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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    >not "biker"<

    Not so fast. It's appropriate to call someone who rides a mountain bike a "mountain biker."
    There's a difference between "biker" and "mountain biker". See below:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
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