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Vernacular for Serious Cyclists

Old 07-25-18, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Cycling clearly has too few natural barriers to entry.
Yes, that's the problem with cycling: not enough elitism.
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Old 07-25-18, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Yes, that's the problem with cycling: not enough elitism.
Now that you mention it lets have some more elitist "signalling" cues. That's usually a short-cut to the in group.
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Old 07-25-18, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Serious cyclists don't do overnight tours and have orchestrated pee stops if there are no significant downhills or teammates to push them in order to pee off the bike.
Wouldn't the teammate get sprayed, when pushing while they pee off the side? I admire your dedication to your team-mates, but maybe that's a bit too serious for the types I see around town ...
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Wouldn't the teammate get sprayed, when pushing while they pee off the side? I admire your dedication to your team-mates, but maybe that's a bit too serious for the types I see around town ...
Is that a serious question?

You have a lot to learn.
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Old 07-25-18, 11:51 AM
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Old 07-25-18, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
"Serious cyclists" don't stop at Starbucks.
It is probably because I live in Seattle, but everybody stops at Starbucks. The one at Leschi is particularly full of cyclists.
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Old 07-25-18, 12:02 PM
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I usually say, "What's up, fellow cyclers?"
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post

Of course we do, when there is a cafe along the road offering a find selection of pastries, wines, and local beers.
Or Taco Trucks. I gotta stop for some quality tacos.
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
In fact, "hold your line" is a definitive clue that the person muttering/screaming it is a total fred who reads about serious cycling rather than partaking in it.
The proper terms for use on the MUP are "stick!" and "stay!"

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I also like "on the rivet".
The saddles that I have with nose rivets are my least-comfortable saddles for being on the rivet.
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Old 07-25-18, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Aside from the first one, no serious cyclist says those things.

In fact, "hold your line" is a definitive clue that the person muttering/screaming it is a total fred who reads about serious cycling rather than partaking in it.

And chase and face? What?
a real cyclist would stick his knee into the persons thigh, put an elbow into his rib cage, push him off or all of the above 😂😂
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Old 07-25-18, 12:14 PM
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I would think you could pick up some proper terms from the following authoritative web site.
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Originally Posted by pvillemasher View Post
I usually say, "What's up, fellow cyclers?"
Greetings, fellow bicycling enthusiast! I look many forward to much Bicycling miles eager forward today!
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
There's a Bucky's on one of my routes that might as well be a bike shop. There's area to leave your bike, and (in good weather) always a big enough group of cyclists in the outdoor seating that you can leave your bike without worry. Plus Starbuck's always has clean bathrooms.
Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post

It is probably because I live in Seattle, but everybody stops at Starbucks. The one at Leschi is particularly full of cyclists.
Yep. The Leschi one. On Lake Washington Boulevard.
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Old 07-25-18, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post

It is probably because I live in Seattle, but everybody stops at Starbucks. The one at Leschi is particularly full of cyclists.
Not serious cyclists, we start and stop from a real coffee shop
But seriously, i have stopped at that starbucks in leschi or the one in kirkland that are popular. The metier guys are doing great things for the local scene and for the most part are pretty unpretentious for being serious about racing. Throw them some support! They also have beer which starbucks does not.
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Old 07-25-18, 12:55 PM
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How about: Aren't you the guys I saw earlier who didn't wave"?
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Is that a serious question?

You have a lot to learn.
I'd rather not help another guy to pee at all, but I didn't want to say anything ... not that there's anything wrong with that ... but anyhow, I can't picture it coming up in casual conversation at Starbucks when meeting some fellow cycling enthusiasts. How about a hint on elitist language instead? I know "fred" and "pin on a number" of course, but something more "in" and subtle ...
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How about: Aren't you the guy I saw earlier who didn't wave"?
Trying to make my earnest serious thread controversial . even I'd know better than to lead with waving and blinkies and such.
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That some pretty serious "Mansplaining" going on there. Those poor women look like they have about had it.
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Old 07-25-18, 01:09 PM
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Greetings, fellow bicycling enthusiast! I look many forward to much Bicycling miles eager forward today!
All your bicycles are belong to me.
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Old 07-25-18, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post

That some pretty serious "Mansplaining" going on there. Those poor women look like they have about had it.
Do you like to make things up in your head about random people or do you happen to know that David may actually be their coach and helped them to some podiums last year?
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I'd rather not help another guy to pee at all, but I didn't want to say anything ... not that there's anything wrong with that ... but anyhow, I can't picture it coming up in casual conversation at Starbucks when meeting some fellow cycling enthusiasts. How about a hint on elitist language instead? I know "fred" and "pin on a number" of course, but something more "in" and subtle ...
It wouldn't come up in casual conversation. It's an act of serious cycling.

See my post further above for an extensive list of acceptably serious cycling jargon including:

Anything concerning FRC, mFTP, sFTP, TTE, AnT, AeT, Pmax, PRT (and NRC throwbacks), VAM, CTL, TSB, TSS, and kJ
which may be too elite for the amateur serious cyclist.
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Old 07-25-18, 01:34 PM
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All you need to do is brag about the following:

1. Your steel bike.
2. "Back in my day".
3. How you dusted some young spandex wearing carbon fiber dentist on your lugged steel friction shifter Campy bike.
4. Scoff yourself to death over pie-plate sized cassettes.

Maybe discuss the latest in "randonneuring".
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post

That some pretty serious "Mansplaining" going on there. Those poor women look like they have about had it.
Yeah, next thing you know he'll sit down and not have his knees tightly squeezed together...the nerve.
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