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Old 07-23-18, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by chicagogal View Post

could also be “off the back,” ie. dropped.
Classically the Lanterne Rouge .. like a red tail light .. finishing last, but finishing..

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KDO = Knocks Dirt Off - Flipper reseller who does nothing to improve the bike before reselling.
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Old 07-23-18, 11:03 AM
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The TURTLE!! Falling over both feet clipped in.
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Old 07-23-18, 11:12 AM
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Fred - Cyclist who doesn't look like a "real" cyclist.
Ninja'ed - Riding at night without any lights or reflectors, and often while wearing dark clothing.
Dork disk - The plastic guard on the rear wheel which keeps the chain out of the spokes if overshifted. Having one makes you look like a Fred.
Clyde or Clydesdale - Male cyclist who weighs over 200 lbs. See Athena.
Athena - Female cyclist who weighs over 150 lbs.
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Old 07-23-18, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
half-wheeling rider in front's back wheel is roughly parallel to rider in back's front wheel. Dangerous to the guy in back and rude if the guy in front is doing it on a recreational or club ride. Don't ever be a half-wheeler.
When I was training with the medium-size boys (and some very fast girls) many years ago, "half-wheeling" meant leading the rider next to you by a half wheel and continually and sadistically winding up the pace on a training ride. I also think this definition is given in Jack Simes' 1976 book, "Winning Bicycle Racing," which I still have on a shelf somewhere.

Here is a whole treatise on the subject

I could very easily be wrong, but I think this is an expression that is in the process of changing its meaning, as has "begging the question."

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Old 07-23-18, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
I’ve seen a few requests for explanations of the slang tossed around here. I got on the search engine and noted that it has been years since BF has had a thread on it. So if I might:

​​​​​41 an archaic but occasionally used term referring to a forum in which arguments about chain lube, bike saddles and whether to wave at cyclists who wave at you can rage for hundreds of posts.

shelled/fired out the back/dropped running out of steam in a group ride and watching the other riders vanish over the horizon.

droped the hamer, busted guads, dailed up to 400W, giving the look a millenial with poor English skills (might have been his second language) bragged about his street racing prowess. It is likely that his victim had no idea he was supposed to be in a race.

​​​​​​​Tombay an honorary title given to Over 50 cyclists when they forget to unclip at a stop, at which time they go into a horizontal track stand. Almost always happens in front of beautiful women 20-30 years younger. Derived from tomber, French for to fall.

​​​​​​​Cat 6 racing informal street racing, usually between Freds and Poseurs. It is not necessary for both participants to even know they are supposed to be racing as long as they look like they need to be taught a lesson.

​​​​​​​death cookies smallish rocks on a trail that divert a mountain bike wheel away from the course intended by the rider.

​​​​​​​HTFU originated in Australia by Chopper Jones, it is a friendly exhortation to toughen up a bit and stop complaining.

​​​​​​bonk a moment in the life of a cyclist when every bit of glycogen and readily accessible fatty acids have been expended. All nonvital systems such as gut and legs shut down, and vital functions such as brain and lungs go into minimal activity. This almost always happens at least 20 miles away from home or car. Road kill begins to appear edible. It is rumored that other cyclists have been cannabalized on very long rides when bonks occur.

​​​​​​​bent legs converting one’s legs to better ride recumbents, which require less core strength but more gluteal recruitment. Usually takes a few hundred miles to acquire.

​​​​​​​This is for starters. I’ll add to it from time to time. Please feel free to contribute.
Oh, god, I remember that guy. His username was CannondaleR600, or something like that. A real hoot.
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Old 07-23-18, 12:59 PM
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Bike Snob has a bunch of good ones:
"Crabon"
"Curate" used in creative ways
"Cat 6 racer"
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Old 07-23-18, 01:39 PM
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Kegs: quadracep muscles.

Beer connoisseurs will notice the reference to quadruple ales produced by the Trappists, AKA quads.

https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/142/


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Old 07-23-18, 01:41 PM
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Suitcase of courage

Did no one mention MAMIL?

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Seeing Elvis: hallucinations at the end of a long ride.

Chewing the tape: wiped out at the end of a long ride.

Shredding the gnar: riding difficult singletrack with great speed and skill.

Dinner plate: big ring.

Hitting the tuck: running out of gear on a long descent and getting into an aero position.

Slackened the line: When a rider at the front of the paceline can't hold the pace and slows.

Jumping the line: Pulling out of a paceline and going to the front. Usually done by someone annoyed that the line has slackened.

Dangle: riding out in front of the main group for an extended period of time.

Lost hope: when the group which just dropped you disappears around the corner or over a hill never to be seen again.

Sit up: Slowing, taking it easy. Sometimes used as polite way to describe getting dropped as in, "The pace was high so I decided to sit up."

Yard sale: when you crash and your stuff goes everywhere.

Locomotive: The big guy who rides really fast for a long time at the front of the paceline.

Sweaty Teddy: Someone who perspires so much that it showers riders behind him.

Check up: Suddenly hit the brakes.

Drop kick: When a rider in a tight pack stands to pedal and slows momentarily causing riders behind to bunch and possibly check up.

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Old 07-23-18, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
When I was training with the medium-size boys (and some very fast girls) many years ago, "half-wheeling" meant leading the rider next to you by a half wheel and continually and sadistically winding up the pace on a training ride. I also think this definition is given in Jack Simes' 1976 book, "Winning Bicycle Racing," which I still have on a shelf somewhere.

Here is a whole treatise on the subject

I could very easily be wrong, but I think this is an expression that is in the process of changing its meaning, as has "begging the question."
This is brilliant, and hilarious. Thanks!

I always felt for him, getting hammered after a Norba National or World Cup, by your sponsor. That is a pretty weird situation.



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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Oh, god, I remember that guy. His username was CannondaleR600, or something like that. A real hoot.
I think those were 2, R600DuraAce and Ryanf IIRC.
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Old 07-23-18, 02:16 PM
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Athena - Female cyclist who weighs over 150 lbs.
One of my friends could kill you for this - she's a great rider and around 153 (but she used to be 138 some years ago).
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Old 07-23-18, 02:22 PM
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Sweaty Teddy: Someone who perspires so much that it showers riders behind him.
Almost as unpleasant as Snot Rocket.
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Salmoning--weaving closely between other riders and pedestrians at speed on a MUP.
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"Full squish" - front and rear suspension
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
When I was training with the medium-size boys (and some very fast girls) many years ago, "half-wheeling" meant leading the rider next to you by a half wheel and continually and sadistically winding up the pace on a training ride. I also think this definition is given in Jack Simes' 1976 book, "Winning Bicycle Racing," which I still have on a shelf somewhere.

Here is a whole treatise on the subject

I could very easily be wrong, but I think this is an expression that is in the process of changing its meaning, as has "begging the question."
No that's still what it means. I've never heard OP's definition until now.
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I've always used "wheel sucking"/"wheel sucker" as a blanket term for close riders and drafters in general.

Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Salmoning--weaving closely between other riders and pedestrians at speed on a MUP.
Salmoning is going the wrong way in a bike lane/path/street. Like how a salmon swims upstream.
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What is a 'bent'?
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What is a 'bent'?
Recumbent bike.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
When I was training with the medium-size boys (and some very fast girls) many years ago, "half-wheeling" meant leading the rider next to you by a half wheel and continually and sadistically winding up the pace on a training ride. I also think this definition is given in Jack Simes' 1976 book, "Winning Bicycle Racing," which I still have on a shelf somewhere.

Here is a whole treatise on the subject

I could very easily be wrong, but I think this is an expression that is in the process of changing its meaning, as has "begging the question."
This is exactly right.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Salmoning--weaving closely between other riders and pedestrians at speed on a MUP.
I thought salmoning was riding against traffic, as in the way salmon swim upstream?
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"Half-wheeling" can mean riding with your front wheel up the the rear axle of the next rider in a pace line or peloton, .... it is considered to be a poor-taste expression of impatience with the pace, and it is ridiculously dangerous, because the slightest waver by either rider causes the riders and most of the people behind them to hit the deck.

"Salmoning" is riding upstream----that is indeed the defining characteristic of salmon. (Well, that and breeding in the same place they were born .... not so much a cycling thing (that I have heard.)

"Wheel sucking" as I understand it, is getting on someone's wheel for a tow and staying there, never taking a pull. It is bad in a competition setting, and inexcusable on the road in a casual setting. In competition, it is a valid tactic, if one that doesn't make friends. On the road it is rude and stupid ... at least have the decency to talk to the person you plan to follow. I have the habit of standing up randomly, particularly if my heart or my lungs say "Rest Now! Right Now!" and anyone on my wheel is going to hit me. Which neither of us would appreciate, i am sure.
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I thought salmoning was riding against traffic, as in the way salmon swim upstream?

I've always heard it in reference to paths, and weaving implies jumping from lane to lane, so spending a lot of time going counter-traffic, but also riding too closely to the other "fish".

Like most slang, YMMV.
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