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    Random Question That Has been Bugging Me.....

    OK, when people write down the specs of their bike, why is the fork always written as plural? For example "Here is my V-!0 with Super-Monsters" or "Check out my sweet bike with Dirt Jumper III's on it." I mean theres not more than one fork on the bike. Just curious.

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    They probably do it because they see others doing it. There's no telling where it started. I've also noticed some bikers refer to derailleurs as "derailyers" as opposed to "deraillers", which is what they are; they derail the chain. The French spelling, which we all go by for some reason, seems to have many confused as to the correct pronuniation.

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    Maybe it is the same reason that you say "I wetted my pants". How many pants did you wet? In the dictionary, pant is the entry, but pants are used. Some words have the same meaning in plural or singular. Fork looks like a word of this sort...

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    It should be fork as in the kitchen utensil.
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    Exactly what I was thinking, mariano. Also, perhaps it has to do with a pant having to legs and a fork having two legs. I broke my FORK. I have dirt JUMPERS On it (2 legs). Thus, I can also ride with 1 leg of the fork and say I have a DIRT JUMPER on it. I can impress my friends, verbally, by snagging a fork that got cut in half by a reckless dirt jumper. I have a "lefty" on my bike. Not "I have lefties, on my bike".

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    I think RST Gilla Plus T5 100mm fork sounds better then RST Gilla Plus T5 100mm forks... Maybe some people think of a fork as one "side" of the fork... hm. Confusing.
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    Drunken, people don't say "I got forks". They say the name of the fork in a plural or posessive form.

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    I've never done that.
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    Forks have tines in the kitchen.
    Bike forks have blades? The fork has two blades.
    Who cares really, there are worse language usages.
    That's gross! =That's 144!?
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    do you reckon that it is becasue the drop-outs look like the prongs on a fork, and there are two legs, so two sets off drop-outs, so they say super monsterS because of this?
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    Is it just me or does this argument come up about 2-3 times a week?

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    I'm confused. I have always heard (and I'll assume were talking hard-tails here) "I have a(n) *insert over-priced name brand* with a Rock Shox SID World Cup, Psylo, Duke whatever. I have never hear one refered to as "I have a Specialized Stumpjumper with a Rock Shox SID World Cups." That really sounds dumb. If they are talking about a full squishy, then I can see it, because Rock Shox makes a SID rear shock too.

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    I have a specialized with Rock Shox
    I have a specialized with Rock Shoxs << I go with this one

    Maybe it comes from adding the word "shocks" and transfering the plural to the brand:

    I have a specialized with Manitou shocks
    I have a specialized with Manitous

    I guess it is the same as "clip" and "clipless". Pleople got used to say "clipless" to the shoes and pedals that actually CLIP together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkie820
    If they are talking about a full squishy, then I can see it, because Rock Shox makes a SID rear shock too.
    They do? I only see the Ario and the Bar on their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariano
    I have a specialized with Rock Shox
    I have a specialized with Rock Shoxs << I go with this one

    Maybe it comes from adding the word "shocks" and transfering the plural to the brand:

    I have a specialized with Manitou shocks
    I have a specialized with Manitous

    I guess it is the same as "clip" and "clipless". Pleople got used to say "clipless" to the shoes and pedals that actually CLIP together.
    aren't they called clipless b/c they don't have a toe clip???
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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    aren't they called clipless b/c they don't have a toe clip???
    Yes, but when you go to you bike store and ask for clipless pedals, doesn't it sound wrong?

    clip (v): to hold in a tight grip // clipless ??

    In the future when toe clip pedals will be hardly seen, are you still going to call them clipless?

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    No, it doesn't sound wrong...they're clipless, meaning no toe clips and straps, how would clip and strap-less pedals sound? LoL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cryogenic
    They do? I only see the Ario and the Bar on their website.
    I think the older (2004) Trek Fuel 98-100 had full SID. Maybe not, but I think. I can't find the archives on their site.
    Edit: Found it!
    FRAME OCLV 120 Carbon/OCLV Carbon stays

    SUSPENSION RockShox SID World Cup

    WHEELS Bontrager Race X Lite

    DRIVETRAIN:
    crankset Shimano XTR 44/32/22
    rear derailleur Shimano XTR

    SIZES 15.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5"

    COLORS Carbon Cloth
    Shimano LogoBontrager Logo
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    FULL SPECIFICATIONS

    FRAMESET:
    FRAME: OCLV 120 Carbon/OCLV Carbon stays
    Frame available.
    FORK: RockShox SID World Cup
    REAR SHOCK: RockShox SID XC

    WHEELS:
    WHEELS: Bontrager Race X Lite
    TIRES: Bontrager Super X folding, 26x2.1", 49/48

    DRIVETRAIN:
    SHIFTERS: Shimano XTR
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano XTR
    REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano XTR
    CRANKSET: Shimano XTR 44/32/22
    CASSETTE: Shimano XTR 11-34, 9 speed
    PEDALS: Shimano 520, clipless

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    HANDLEBARS: Bontrager Race XXX Lite
    STEM: Bontrager Race XXX Lite, 7 degree
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    Case in point...... first sentence..........
    total newb question (front suspension adjustment)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoFly
    Case in point...... first sentence..........
    total newb question (front suspension adjustment)
    I swear if they mad me a mod I'd have to change a few things around here....
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    Okay, this is about the dumbest, most pointless thread I have ever seen. Obviously we all need to work on our English grammar skills, because a FORK is singular. Example: I have a Rock Shox Judy TT FORK on my bicycle. I want to buy a Rock Shox Duke XC. I would then have two FORKS. Would you you say my rear derailleurs is a SRAM X.7s? NO!! Raiyn, help me out here.

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    Whats that supposed to mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    I swear if they mad me a mod I'd have to change a few things around here....
    What is that supposed to mean?

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    Same reason it's called a "toothbrush" instead of a teethbrush. Hillbilly termage I suppose....
    Wait a minute, I'm a Hillybilly, so that can't be the reason.... Sorry

    Who CareZ ?

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    I call them (it?) forks. but sometimes I say fork.

    how about the thing you put your grips on? you know, your handebars? it's only one as well. yet I never hear anyone complaining that people say bars instead of bar.
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