Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Bikes: a lowrider BMX, a mountain bike, a faired recumbent, and a loaded touring bike
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Just to mention a few that come to mind:
Tube - Tube has two meanings, 1) there are the Rubber Inner Tubes that hold air in the tires, and 2) the Metal Tubes that make up the frame of the bicycle; we are not supposed to call them "Pipes", like plumbing pipes, but that's more or less what they are.
Frame - I say "Frame", and people think "skeleton". Just to clarify, the Frame is made of Metal Pipes, not bones.
Speed - I say "this bike has 21 speeds" and I get asked back "What are the speeds?" I can NOT give an answer in MPH, or km/h , that would depend on the riders Cadence , or the revolutions per minute of the feet on the pedals, "Speeds" are Gear Ratios. Generally , a 21 speed bike will work like this: In First Gear, one turn of the pedals gives one turn of the rear wheel. In Seventh Gear, one turn of the pedals gives TWO turns of the rear wheel. In 15th gear, each turn of the pedals gives THREE turns of the rear wheel, and in 21st Gear (or speed) , each turn of the pedals gives FOUR turns of the rear wheel.
That's my short list of Cycling terms I wish people would learn.