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Old 08-07-12, 03:47 PM
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Biking for Newbies Thread?

Is there a "biking for newbies" thread on this site? Or somewhere else I can learn all these abbreviations and terms? Thanks for any and all suggestions.
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Old 08-07-12, 03:48 PM
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What abbreviations or terms would you like to know about?
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Old 08-07-12, 04:27 PM
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We can't even agree on whether to measure the parts of a bicycle in inches or millimeters so we do some of each. What makes you think we might reach an agreement on abbreviations?
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Old 08-07-12, 04:35 PM
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Just stick it out for a while. You'll learn all you need to know in a bit.
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Old 08-07-12, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by gh29er View Post
Just stick it out for a while. You'll learn all you need to know in a bit.
I've been around here for over a year, and I still don't know all the terms and abbreviations. I just recently learned what AFRAP means (As Far Right As Possible/Pracitical). I read about users referring to "The 41", and I'm still not entirely sure what that means - though I think it has something to do with the Road Cycling subforum.
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Old 08-07-12, 04:48 PM
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FWIW, here's an exhaustive list of acronyms used on the internet and messaging, many of which are used on BF:
http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php/

Might be useful to you, or not. YMMV.
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Old 08-07-12, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ChrisM2097 View Post
I read about users referring to "The 41", and I'm still not entirely sure what that means - though I think it has something to do with the Road Cycling subforum.
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Old 08-07-12, 05:10 PM
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Ah, now it makes sense. Thanks! Never paid much attention to the URL.
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Old 08-07-12, 05:15 PM
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LBS confused me for a while...
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I guess I'm somewhat overwhelmed.

I bought a bike at the LBS (for some reason, one of the few terms I do know) and just riding. I know nothing about gears, rings, cogs, seats, spokes, etc. I like the minimal riding I do, want to get stronger, faster, etc., but understand/know next to nothing. So, just wondered if there were one or two threads or a particular forum that could educate me on the very basics.
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Old 08-07-12, 07:00 PM
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There's a collection of threads in one sticky up in Commuting that might be of help. I believe just about every subforum has some sort of 'read me' sticky for newbies. You could also spend some time perusing all of the articles on Sheldon's site. http://sheldonbrown.com/
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