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    I'm a relative noob when it comes to biking and biker slang. Thought it would be cool to start a glossary thread.

    Some ones that I liked ...

    Trikes, Cagers, Bicycle Thugs

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    * "Woolah," which is a hollowed cigar filled with marijuana and crack
    * "Kibbles & Bits," which is a term used to describe small crumbs of crack
    * "Rave," which describes a party designed to enhance a hallucinogenic experience through lights and music
    * "Wild cat," which is a term for methcathinone mixed with cocaine
    * "Z," which indicates one ounce of heroin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    * "Woolah," which is a hollowed cigar filled with marijuana and crack
    * "Kibbles & Bits," which is a term used to describe small crumbs of crack
    * "Rave," which describes a party designed to enhance a hallucinogenic experience through lights and music
    * "Wild cat," which is a term for methcathinone mixed with cocaine
    * "Z," which indicates one ounce of heroin.



    LSD - which stands for "Long Slow Distance", of course.
    Weather today: Hot. Humid. Potholes.

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    goathead (nasty thorns) sorry wrong thread i got the drug slang thread
    ment to put is in the bike slang thread

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    Huck - drop with 0 style.
    girly out - easy side of the trail bypassing the scary section
    rail - take a corner perfectly at full speed with no loos and sometimes and increase in speed
    skinny - narrow bridge usually 6in a narrower that overpasses, well, anything we feel like
    fatty - ... Guess ...

    BTW I am a mountain biker...my slangs don't usually apply to roadies

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    wheel, timber truck, and birotate chariot are old slang terms for bikes. I don't think they're in vogue expressions.

    I call tires "skids" for some reason and sometimes a bike's a "sled" or the "devil sled" but I don't know what that's all about either.

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    "Monkey" which stands for MONKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Ex. you are @#$%^&*@ Monkey

    Question : How much did you pay for those bibs.
    Answer: hmmmmm..........What a Monkey!

    etc
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    Granny gear = the one I'm in going up a hill
    Banana seat = those seats on Schwinn Stingray bikes
    Fred = new/inept rider
    False flat = one of those sneaky flat stretches of road that's actually a gradual uphill
    Drafting = wheelsucking
    Wheelsucking = drafting

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    dork disk - the plastic doohickey between your gears and the spokes on the rear wheel

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    SuckABug which is what usually happens to me while I am pulling up a long hill

    Suckingwind: Verb meaning to be out of breath (usually just before SuckABug)

    Pied Piper: To have the leader of the ride go down, and everyone behind him/her go down in a big pile.

    Blue Ticken: What my wife tells me I am doing when I get into my blue riding shorts and jersey with my blue helmet. (I feel bad for anyone riding behind me, because that just cant be pretty
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus
    dork disk - the plastic doohickey between your gears and the spokes on the rear wheel

    What does doohickey mean?

    Is it similar to a thingamabob?

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    What does doohickey mean?
    doo-hick-ey (noun)
    Gadget
    An unspecified gadget, also called a hickey
    (informal)
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    What does doohickey mean?

    Is it similar to a thingamabob?
    it's more like a whatchamacallit.... but different

    "dropped" - to be overtaken and left behind

    "cager" - driver of car/SUV

    "roadie" - rider of high end road racing bike in full team kit absolutely obsessed with making that bicycle as light as possible usually succeeding by leaving all the cash in their wallet at the LBS in exchange for carbon fiber upgrades, often dropped by children on 1st bike with training wheels still attached

    "carbon fiber" - a material designed to make you faster by making you lighter - primarily in the wallet.

    "commuter" - legendary breed of god-like cyclist with lungs like a thoroughbred and legs like a Cummins diesel, often seen as a mere blur flying by as they casually cruise UP a 20% gradient at a comfortable 25mph on a 60lb hybrid, into a 30mph headwind, on their way to work (yes, I'm a fulltime commuter )

    "lbs" - local bike shop, a place that sells many things some of which are cycling related

    "bmx" a 3/4 scale model of a real bicycle, primarily used by teenagers to block the front door of the LBS

    "U-lock" - the weapon of choice of the urban commuter, used in similar fashion to a mace in the middle ages. Particularly effective against agressive junkies not wearing head protection. Some bike messengers have been known to practice it as a martial art.

    "blinkie" - receptacle to temporarly store flat batteries untill you find a garbage bin to drop them in

    "biddon" - french word for 'beer bottle'

    "chain" - a device designed to keep the streets clean by attracting every single particle of dirt to itself for a 10 foot radius as you ride.

    "rear derraileur" - device designed to tell you when the spokes in your rear wheel have come to the end of their service life by jamming itself into the wheel and thus preventing you from riding your bike on potentially dangerous rear spokes.

    "windows" - a 32 bit graphics shell on a 16 bit patch for an 8 bit operating system written for a 4 bit CPU by a 2 bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition (ok, not cycling related, but I really like it)



    ...I'm too young to be this cynical

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    Fred = new/inept rider
    To expand: New rider with no real skill but all the toys.

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    Obliterati- n. Collective name for drivers excessively occupied with things going on in their car, to the severe detriment of those outside their car.

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    Hey, Great! Some of these I have never heard.

    Obliterati...that's great!

    OK, here's some of my faves:

    Gutter Bunny: A commuter (what I am).

    Boing-boing. A fully suspended bike.

    Yard Sale: What happens when you crash and send your belongings all over the trail or street.

    Desert Pinstripe: What you get applied to your body if you pass too close to a cactus, ocotillo, or other thorned plant.

    Desert (or Mountain) Seasoning: What you get added to your Power Bar or banana if you drop it.

    Pimp: Anyone in your riding group who owns a bike shop and tries to sell you the latest gadget, thingabob or whatchamcallit, WHILE YOU ARE ON A RIDE.

    Chainring Tatoo: What you wind up with on your calf if you unclip and collide with your leg.

    Horizontal Trackstand: What you perform if you forget to unclip at a stop. Count on performing at least one in your cycling career, usually right after getting clipless pedals.

    Gravity Check: Self-explanitory. Usually results in a Yard Sale.
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    Dork Levers = those extra brake levers that allow you to use your brakes, sort of, when your hands are on top of the bars instead of on the drops.

    Skunk stripe = that stripe you get up your back from riding in the rain without a fender.

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    Bling: What shiny but not necessarily more useful parts give to a bike, in the owners opinion.

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    "I.F."
    "passed in stereo"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    "I.F."
    "passed in stereo"
    IHOP: A bunny with a pancake on its head.

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    "squishies" - the bits that crimp over your cable ends
    "conan" - any bike racer with unshaved legs
    "core sample" - what unplugged bar ends do to quadriceps in a crash
    "beer cooler" - old-style foam helmet, sans hardshell
    "butt plug" - that shagged-out last guy in a paceline who WON'T rotate forward or take a pull
    "water truck" - guy peeing while riding off the back of the pack
    "crop duster" - same as above, i.e., "dusting the crops"
    "rocket pants" - full-on team kit worn for poseur points, i.e. issued as a challenge to the group ride: "Got my rocket pants on today, boyos!"
    "cat 5 tattoo" - chainring grease marks on inside of right leg; previously known as "cat 4 tattoo" prior to addition of 5th category
    "streaker" - ill-advised solo breakaway, more commonly called a "flyer"
    "pounding" - full-tilt crazy riding, usually in double paceline, notable for heart-rate noticeable in everyone's forehead
    "squirrel" - the this-way-that-way guy who can't seem to stay steady in a paceline or pack
    "bikini" - a triathlete or multi-sport rider participating on the local group ride

    God, there's so many. I'll post more as I think of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    Dork Levers = those extra brake levers that allow you to use your brakes, sort of, when your hands are on top of the bars instead of on the drops.

    Skunk stripe = that stripe you get up your back from riding in the rain without a fender.
    I've heard of the skunk stripe, but we usually call it a "skid mark" or a "skiddie" for it's resemblance to same. The "dork levers" are more commonly called "suicide levers" for their notable tendency to bend rather than stop the bike.

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    Chainring Tatoo: What you wind up with on your calf if you unclip and collide with your leg.

    OR... If your standing over your bike talking aimlessly to your ride buddies and don't notice that you've given yourself a "Chainring Tattoo"

    "Cheese Grater" - That stretch of rode was a cheese grater on my tires.

    "Haulin' The Mail" When a rider or a paceline is just setting a blistering pace. Usually in this instance you are having a good day and don't feel like your working that hard to go fast.

    "Washboard" - Grooved/Grinded pavement
    Just Do It..

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    cycle17--

    Good one, "haulin' the mail." I've heard that one.

    Washboard is also called "shake and bake" around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    Dork Levers = those extra brake levers that allow you to use your brakes, sort of, when your hands are on top of the bars instead of on the drops.
    "Back in the day" we used to call those brake levers "Suicide Levers" because if you had any play in your brakes, the levers didn't work well.
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