The fact that mountain biking is almost here is getting us excited. I'm thinking of bringing my bike to work almost every day and try to get myself into shape. I like to mountain bike but I don't have a $5000 bike and I don't have those clippy shoes...those scare me. So I thought I'd better prepare myself to know what you bike enthusiats are talking about. Here is what I found.
Baby heads: small boulders about the size of. . yea, that's right. . .a baby's head.
Bagging a Peak: Making it to the summit of a mountain.
Bagging Out: Canceling a ride for something other than a death in the family.
Bagger: A person that habitually bags out. Also known as a loser.
Bonk: Reaching the point of exhaustion.
Boulder Garden: Section of road or trail that is covered with basketball sized or larger boulders.
Dab: Taking your foot off the pedal and touching the ground.
Doubletrack: Overgrown road that is like two parallel trails.
Endo: Going over the handlebars. Usually accompanies by "Oh _____!"
Euell Gibbons Trail: Means that "some parts are rideable."
Excedrin Descent: Bone jarring downhill that rattles your brain (providing you have one).
Feeling Nedly: When older riders are having a particular strong outing.
Gnarly: An 80's term for a particular steep and rough section of trail.
Gnarly Dude: Southern Californian for Gnarly.
Gonzo: Riding with reckless abandon. Not generally appropriate for singletrack.
Hammer: Someone in great shape, who goes all out most of the time.
To Hammer: To stand up on the pedals and go all out.
Pokes: Short for slow pokes. This is someone that always lingers in the back of the pack. This is not a crime.
Portage: To carry your bike.
Poser: Rider that emulates the look of Southern California magazine bike geeks.
Powder Run: Extremely dusty section of trail.
Lycra Lizards: Someone that predominately rides on the pavement. Other names include road geek, roadies, bike nerds, etc.
Ugly Geek Jerseys: Shirts worn by posers that are covered with advertising logos to which they are receiving no compensation.