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    Helpful Terminology, Abbreviations, Lexicon and Acronyms for Bike Forums

    Iíve trolled this site for a long time but just recently started posting and admittedly have some trouble with the terminology that's thrown around. Hereís a start to a Bike Forums to English dictionary. After youíve explored the forums, come back here and post what youíve learned!

    BF: Bike Forums

    dork bands: the bands bike commuters wear around their pant legs to prevent grease stains

    dropped: getting left behind by the group or other rider because youíre too slow

    Fred: no idea what this means but from context of posts I know itís not a good thing

    LBS: local bike shop

    mod: a moderator on this message board; it appears to be a bad idea to tick them off or swear in front of them

    MTB: mountain biking; mountain bike

    newb: newbie, beginner, negative connotation toward clueless

    noob: newbie, beginner, negative connotation toward clueless

    +1: when replying to another poster this signifies you like what they said

    roadie: a road biker

    super mod: better than a regular mod?

    TDF: A little bike race over where they make wine and fancy cheese (Tour de France)

    This!: another method of drawing attention to a post, Iíve seen it used in admiration and ridicule.

    weight weenie: someone who is obsessed with the weight of their bike, their body, or both. ďI just paid $500 for this new component to save 10 grams.Ē Thatís a weight weenie.

    I donít know what these mean: FTW, HTFU, sigs

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    Moving thread to General
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    Fred: no idea what this means but from context of posts I know it’s not a good thing
    If you are a Fred, you're generally proud of it.

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    I don’t know what these mean: FTW, HTFU, sigs
    FTW = For the Win
    HTFU = Harden The F*** Up

    I'm assuming FTW is the same as everywhere else I've seen it.
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.

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    FTW does not equal WTF.

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    Thanks! Makes more sense now. I'm a Fred for sure but not sure if I'm proud of it.

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    You missed references to the 41, the 33 and the 217.

    These are all shorthand for great Chinese entrees.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    Thanks! Makes more sense now. I'm a Fred for sure but not sure if I'm proud of it.
    But there's nothing more fun than explaining to everyone at the charity ride what you're carrying in your panniers and all the stuff strapped onto your handlebars.
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    super mod: better than a regular mod?
    Super mods get to wear capes.

    The "super" means that we have access to more functions, such as dropping the ban hammer.


    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    I don’t know what these mean: FTW, HTFU, sigs
    sig = signature, the space at the bottom of your post that you can customize.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    So Tom only hires people that are nutty? Is part of the requirement to be a moderator on this site is that you have to be nuts??
    Forum Guidelines *click here*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    Iíve trolled this site for a long time but just recently started posting and admittedly have some trouble with the terminology that's thrown around.
    Sounds like you have confused trolling with lurking.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post

    dork bands: the bands bike commuters wear around their pant legs to prevent grease stains
    Also includes those yellow wrist bands that read "Livestrong"
    Litespeed, lasts a lifetime.

    Specialized Tarmac, lasts a lifetime, or until it breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    TDF: A little bike race over where they make wine and fancy cheese (Tour de France)
    Not sure how it's spelled but according to Bob Roll it's pronounced "Tur Day France".
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    Cycling-Terminology thread from the Road forum ...

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ora-of-newbies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nermal View Post
    Sounds like you have confused trolling with lurking.
    Yes apparently so. I'll add it to the dictionary!

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    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    Found some more... I'm beginning to feel like a BF anthropologist. Dig another layer down and discover a whole new civilization.

    tire suck: someone riding your @ss to draft (sorry super mod, don't hurt me)

    pulling: intentionally allowing someone to tire suck you

    pcad: somewhat of a local legend from what I can tell. Best guess is that this is a BF member patentcad who has over 47,000 posts

    century: a 100 mile ride

    Anybody know what MUP is? In context, "I was riding the MUP the other day..." multi-use path maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    MUP? multi-use path maybe?
    Exactly.
    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobsled View Post
    Also includes those yellow wrist bands that read "Livestrong"
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahut View Post
    That's a pretty narrow minded definition for Fred. I'm a Fred and proud of it.. but that definition comes across as derogatory to me. I much prefer the Wikipedia article.
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Level 2 View Post
    Found some more... I'm beginning to feel like a BF anthropologist. Dig another layer down and discover a whole new civilization.

    tire suck: someone riding your @ss to draft (sorry super mod, don't hurt me)

    pulling: intentionally allowing someone to tire suck you

    pcad: somewhat of a local legend from what I can tell. Best guess is that this is a BF member patentcad who has over 47,000 posts

    century: a 100 mile ride

    Anybody know what MUP is? In context, "I was riding the MUP the other day..." multi-use path maybe?
    Verily I say unto you, you can say ass. -umd

    umd = BF Jesus, but he resurrected at another site that doesn't seem to have much traffic.

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    And it's more commonly called wheel sucking. Some one drafting in a group or behind another rider and not going out in the wind to take a pull. This is a violation of Rule 67.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    That's a pretty narrow minded definition for Fred. I'm a Fred and proud of it.. but that definition comes across as derogatory to me. I much prefer the Wikipedia article.
    As is your prerogative. It certainly is more forgiving for those who don't like the other. However, such preference has you dancing to the forbidden beat - ergo, a Fred.

    TO be helpful, the ultimate "roadist" is a singularly minded individual, with absolute disdain for his fellow man.
    It isn't a definition, it is a state of mind. Only a few, select elitists ever achieve it. Many try - most fail.
    HTFU.
    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    I've been on internet forums for years and came across a new one (to me) in the last week: QFT (quoted for truth.)

    Basically you quote someone's message, and add the QFT statement as a way of saying "I agree completely with that post."

    As near as I can tell it's the functional equivalent of saying "This".
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    Correction.
    Century: A 100X ride. Can be 100 anything. Miles, kilometers, or my personal favorite.............. feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
    I've been on internet forums for years and came across a new one (to me) in the last week: QFT (quoted for truth.)

    Basically you quote someone's message, and add the QFT statement as a way of saying "I agree completely with that post."

    As near as I can tell it's the functional equivalent of saying "This".
    +1 is shorter, still.
    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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