Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Talking the Talk

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.

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