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Newbies, look here, a glossary of terms. (see page 1)

atticaattica Posts: 2,362
edited August 2009 in Commuting chat
OK, here goes:-

FCN = Food chain number, your place in the scheme of things, to calculate look here

SCR = Silly Commuter Racing, see the thread

RLJ = Red Light Jumping, self explanatory

SMIDSY = "Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You", usually spoken by a motorist stood next to a broken bike

MTFU = Man The Fudge Up, stop being such a wuss and get on with it.

INR = Impercetible Nod of Recognition; mandatory whenever cyclists pass each other in opposite directions.

SS = Single Speed, a bike with only one gear

FG = Fixed gear, a bike with only one gear and no freewheel.

GI = Gear index, the distance travelled in inches after one full revolution of the pedals, usually in relation to FG/SS bikes

Left Hook = vehicle pulling back in before giving sufficient room, and (almost) knocking you off.

Bimbling/Pootling = riding at a slow speed, often taking in the view or simply enjoying the lack of need to get anywhere.

Spinning = turning the cranks very quickly but achieving little forward momentum.

Mashing = straining away at half a rev per minute in a ridiculously high gear.

Cadence = the rate at which you rotate your pedals (leading on from spinning and mashing)

Clipless = a type of pedal where the shoe is attached to it, with a cleat

Cleat = a small widget on the bottom of the shoe which 'clips' into the pedal.

Clipped = old fashioned pedals with toe clips and straps

Flats = Pedals with no attaching of the shoe

ASL - Advance stop line at traffic lights

LBS = Local Bike Shop

BSO = Bike Shaped Object a cheap thing probably bought from a supermarket or online, not worthy of the term bike thanks to it's low quality parts and manufacture

Chapeau = I raise my hat to you, sir/madam, in admiration for your strength/imagination/courtesy

PoB = pedestrian on a bike. A "cyclist" who rides as though s/he is walking, along pavements and across pedestrian crossings.

MoB = motorist on a bike. A "cyclist" who is a perfectly adequate, or even good, driver but who thinks none of the stuff that earned him/her a driving licence applies when s/he's on a bike. Runs red lights, rides the wrong way up one-way streets and shouts at pedestrians daring to use pedestrian crossing when s/he is trying to pass. Lacks any sense of lane discipline or road sense when cycling.

and some more generic forum abbreviations

IM(H)O = in my (humble) opinion
IME = In my experience
AFAIK = as far as I know
IIRC = if i remember correctly
LOL = Laughing out loud
WTF = What the fudge?
ROFLMAO = I am a geek and I know way too many acronyms/Rolling on the floor laughing my ar$e off
FFS = For Fudge's Sake
Meh = expression of ennui

Any others I've missed? I can add to this post to keep it all on the first page of the thread.

Mods, any chance you could make this sticky?
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  • As a newbie myself, may I suggest one?

    INR=Impercetible Nod of Recognition; mandatory whenever cyclists pass each other in opposite directions.
  • linsenlinsen Posts: 1,959
    IM(H)O - in my (humble) opinion
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    stuck. but keep it real or it may go.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,919
    LBS - Local Bike Shop

    not as funny* as my original post, now removed but hey ho!


    * IMHO
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  • edhornbyedhornby Posts: 1,780
    IME - In my experience
    AFAIK as far as I know
    IIRC if i remember correctly
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Isn't this supposed to be bike (and this forum) specific terms and not general internet terms?

    SS = Single Speed
    FG = Fixed gear
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Left Hook = vehicle pulling back in before giving sufficient room, and (almost) knocking you off.
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  • LittigatorLittigator Posts: 1,262
    bimbling - perambulating at a slow speed, often taking in the view or simply enjoying the lack of need to get anywhere at any time. Putting in very little effort.
    Roadie FCN: 3

    Fixed FCN: 6
  • Littigator wrote:
    bimbling - perambulating at a slow speed, often taking in the view or simply enjoying the lack of need to get anywhere at any time. Putting in very little effort.

    Also pootling = the exact same thing.
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Spinning - turning the cranks very quickly but achieving little forward momentum. Useful uphill, or on fixies.

    Mashing - the opposite - straining away at half a rev per minute in a ridiculously high gear. Useful downhill, or on LiT's fixie.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Cadence:

    Balanced, rhythmic flow, as of poetry or oratory.
    The measure or beat of movement, as in dancing or marching.

    A falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence.
    General inflection or modulation of the voice.
    Music. A progression of chords moving to a harmonic close, point of rest, or sense of resolution


    In this case: the rate at which you rotate your pedals (leading on from spinning and mashing)
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
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  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,631
    Clipless: a type of pedal where the shoe is attached to it, without use of the 'old fashioned' toe clips and straps (referred to as 'clipped'). Riding with these pedals requires a 'cleat' - a small widget on the bottom of the shoe which 'clips' into the pedal.

    "Flats" are pedals with no attaching of the shoe.

    Confusing, no?

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • ASL - Advance stop line
  • Numpty - the kunt who nearly killed me this morning.
  • LittigatorLittigator Posts: 1,262
    Numpty - the **** who nearly killed me this morning.

    REFEREE!!!
    Roadie FCN: 3

    Fixed FCN: 6
  • Littigator wrote:
    Numpty - the **** who nearly killed me this morning.

    REFEREE!!!

    +1!
  • Littigator wrote:
    Numpty - the **** who nearly killed me this morning.

    REFEREE!!!

    +1!

    Why? It is on topic! Anyway, I apologise for my language.
  • Can I suggest to the group that when conjugating MTFU, we use the (somewhat controversial) possibly grammatically correcterer form of modifying the abbreviated verb and not the preposition?

    "So after a long day of M'ingTFU involving 50 miles in the sleet and one pigeon attack..." is, to these ears, correct.

    "So after a long day of MTFU'ing involving 50 miles in the sleet and one pigeon attack..." is, to these ears, incorrect.
  • girv73girv73 Posts: 842
    Cantdosleepy, the thing with MTFU is that it's an acronym, and grammarising those you tend to treat them as a single entity rather than their individual parts. So to me, "MTFUing" is the correct one.
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  • girv73 wrote:
    Cantdosleepy, the thing with MTFU is that it's an acronym, and grammarising those you tend to treat them as a single entity rather than their individual parts. So to me, "MTFUing" is the correct one.

    Well, if this thread is turning into pedant's corner*, I would just like to point out that MTFU is technically an initialism, not an acronym; at least, I've not been able to figure out a way to pronounce it as a word!

    _

    * Yes, "pedant's corner" as, if it's a corner, it is surely only possible for a single person to be there at a time...
  • Good points, both.

    girv, you're probably right. Nevertheless, as 'tend' is about as far as you can go when describing the vagaries of the English language, I don't feel too incorrect in emming rather than yooing.
  • biondino wrote:

    Mashing - the opposite - straining away at half a rev per minute in a ridiculously high gear. Useful downhill, or on LiT's fixie.

    :lol::lol::lol:
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  • atticaattica Posts: 2,362
    Added most of those with a bit of editing just to keep the format.

    W2B apologies for not including your definition of "Numpty" sure you'll understand.
    "Impressive break"

    "Thanks...

    ...I can taste blood"
  • How about 'chapeau'?

    Am I right in thinking this is some kind of 'Hats off, gentlemen' statement?
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    You are indeed. "I raise my hat to you, sir, in admiration for your strength/imagination/courtesy"
  • atticaattica Posts: 2,362
    Updated
    "Impressive break"

    "Thanks...

    ...I can taste blood"
  • Jen JJen J Posts: 1,054
    Can I ask a newbie question please?

    How do you rename links? I can copy and paste a link, but don't know how to get it to display as my chosen text. :oops:

    And how do you paste images into a post? :oops:
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  • risirisi Posts: 231
    All the info you need in one place is here
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  • don_dondon_don Posts: 1,007
    Jen J wrote:
    Can I ask a newbie question please?

    How do you rename links? I can copy and paste a link, but don't know how to get it to display as my chosen text. :oops:

    And how do you paste images into a post? :oops:

    1: Like this?

    Type [\url=www.thesiteyouwanttolinkto.com]thetextyouwanttoappear[/url]

    Just DON'T include the back-slash I put in front of the first 'url', I just put that in to make the whole thing visible.

    2: You need to be able to link to images hosted on a site such as Flickr, which is pretty easy. Check the FAQs in the Bikeradar office thread and go to Flickr and read the FAQs there.
  • don_dondon_don Posts: 1,007
    Cheers risi, that link is really useful :)
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