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New phrase for BF lexicon

Old 06-20-11, 09:20 PM
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New phrase for BF lexicon

We are all familiar with many of the standard cycling (or BF) phrases that come up...

- Shut up legs!
- Drop the hammer (or Drope the hamer)
- Cinzano (as in to 'cinzano' someone)
- We're going to yell at you
- Dial it up to XXX watts
- The Look
- HTFU
and so on.

Ladies and Gentlemen, with a thank you to my wife I would like to present a new entry.

The Man with the Hammer or Man with a Hammer.

After a particularly hot and nasty run/trail hike with friends on Sunday, my wife was explaining to one of her Belgian colleagues (she works for a Belgian bank) that she "hit the wall" and had to break off from the group to return home via a short cut. He said "so the man with the hammer got you?"

He's just there. Waiting for you. Just before the crest of this hill. Just around the corner.

The Man with the Hammer - waiting to jump out and hit you!

Apparently it is a Belgian cycling/sport phrase. Not sure if the original is in French or Flemish, but it works just fine in English.

BTW - I was hit by the man with a hammer this morning.
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Yeah, Joe Parkin says that all the time in his books. I think a somewhat, er, 'non-scientific' approach to training and nutrition was largely the cause of the frequency...
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never heard that one, but i like it.
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That dude nailed me Saturday after the second sprint point. At least now I know who he is.

Thanks!
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We all must look like nails, then.
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You can't just announce a new phrase ... you coin it, then it has to take hold organically. Just start using it in conversation, and watch the cool kids adopt it.
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Perhaps you can dig into your suitcase of courage to put the cat amongst the pigeons?

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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
You can't just announce a new phrase ... you coin it, then it has to take hold organically. Just start using it in conversation, and watch the cool kids adopt it.
Dude, you're going to harsh the OP's mellow.....
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A nice phrase, but not a new one. I'd be pretty sure it has been around longer than bikeforums.
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I don't know how to spell it in french, but there's a phrase for OTB that translates to "chasing potatoes," that I find amusing.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
You can't just announce a new phrase ... you coin it, then it has to take hold organically. Just start using it in conversation, and watch the cool kids adopt it.
This is the answer you seek. <---My phrase, hasn't caught on yet, going to use it in spite of lack of popularity (or notoriety).

...and Forrest's answer is the answer you seek.
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Cool comic from 1959
"Tour de France 1959: The monstrous mountains beckon the riders to take the challenge and receive the rewards that lay ahead. Notice the man with the hammer, who awaits the weaker riders. In the group of riders each of the Pellos caricatures represents the elites of 1959. On the top right is defending champion Charly Gaul. Pictured with his flaring nostrils and defiant sneer Gaul leads as the climb begins. See how many start you can identify from the caricatures."
https://www.cyclingrevealed.com/photo...2007_pic18.htm
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The cops wouldn't believe me when I reported being attacked by the man with the hammer. Thanks to the comic, I now can provide an accurate drawing if it happens again.
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Originally Posted by Daytrip
Dude, you're going to harsh the OP's mellow.....
I know ... but it's the rules.
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No mention of slamdancing or dickbag (one word)?
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I recall having heard Paul Sherwin refer to, "The big man with the hammer has come and bonked him on the head." (Or maybe it was "hit him on the head"; it was several years ago.)
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Originally Posted by guadzilla
No mention of slamdancing or dickbag (one word)?
The slamDANCING! thread was one of my all-time favorites.

Somehow this is the first I'm hearing of the dickbag reference. Was that in a specific thread, or just a generally used term?
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Dickbag was the revelation in that thread asking whether Soul wheel buyers were suckers. Damn shame the mods killed it - threesomes with wedding photographers, dickbags vs dick bags... that thread was going places!
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There's still time, especially once people realize that the term "drop the hammer" comes from the firing of a gun. So, really, it's just suggesting that all roadies should have a gun on them, and that this another "what do you carry" thread...

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Here's another.
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Originally Posted by HigherGround
I recall having heard Paul Sherwin refer to, "The big man with the hammer has come and bonked him on the head." (Or maybe it was "hit him on the head"; it was several years ago.)
Are you thinking of the 1999 TDF Sestriere climb? During Lance's epic solo flight Paul said something like "On this first mountain stage Lance Armstrong has come out and dropped a big hammer on the heads of the climbers."
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Originally Posted by brianappleby
I don't know how to spell it in french, but there's a phrase for OTB that translates to "chasing potatoes," that I find amusing.
Love it!
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BF lexicon is borne out of legendary/epic threads. Not from some suggestion that somebody else heard from some Belgian!
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6
BF lexicon is borne out of legendary/epic threads. Not from some suggestion that somebody else heard from some Belgian!
Agreed. The only ones from the OP that are truly BF are
Drope the Hammer
Dial it up to XXX Watts
We're going to yell at you!
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