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Old 01-24-21, 08:33 AM
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"reach-down switchers"

Love this one...
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Old 01-24-21, 08:37 AM
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"Drew" origin thread, for the "kids"
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
These are terms from the 41, not used much in C&V.

The 41 - The road forum on BF
C&V - The classic and vintage form on BF
BF - Bike Forums
That's right, the 41 has its own jargon. One of my favorites is "flip it and slam it".
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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
n+1
Universal formula to determine the maximum quanitity of bicycles one needs; where n =[# of bicycles currently owned]
Someone recently used the obscure clinical term used to describe this behaviour. I like it.
Enplusoneosis.

My mentor always tried to calm my n+1 excitement with 'It's just a bike'. Words to live by.
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Old 01-24-21, 09:32 AM
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TCO - toe clip overlap - C&V because toe clip

DS / NDS - not really C&V specific but bike specific

Garage door shot - the typical backdrop for a bike pic
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Breaks - the devices some people use to slow and stop a bike. Often thought to work just as well as brakes.
Along with this is petals or peddles which are things you put your feet on to propel a bike. Sometimes work as well as pedals.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Gugification? I think I spelled it wrong.

And I can't remember the term many use for screwing up something while repairing it...poop...age hurts.
Gugificazione! (yeah, I reacted instead of reading through the rest of the thread)

FD: Front Derailleur
RD: Rear Derailleur
IGH: Internal Geared Hub
Rando: For the nominal purpose of using on, or derived from a randonneur or randonneuse (bicycle suited for randonneuring).
VO: Velo Orange (a popular vendor of bicycles and accessories that usually give a nod to C&V sensibilities)

Not specific to C&V, but sometimes used.

YMMV: A disclaimer made to indicate the poster isn't being dogmatic.
IMHO: A dishonest self-assessment, as this has yet to be used by anyone who is in the least humble about their opinion.
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Old 01-24-21, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
Along with this is petals or peddles which are things you put your feet on to propel a bike. Sometimes work as well as pedals.
There's also the seat which you sit on when you ride a bike, also known as a saddle.
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Old 01-24-21, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
Oh jeez, are you the professor or the madman?
Yes
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I haven’t noticed “frankenbike” and it’s synonym, “parts bin build”, an assemblage of workable but mismatched components using what was readily available.

The pretentious version would be “curated build” or “purpose-built”. Also mismatched componentry but selected for a specific purpose or aesthetic. Also see: “matchy-matchy”.

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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
My mentor always tried to calm my n+1 excitement with 'It's just a bike'. Words to live by.
Sometimes it’s just a bike. Sometimes it’s much more.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
"reach-down switchers"

Love this one...
aka, suicide shifters

not to be confused with suicide shifters
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Old 01-24-21, 10:16 AM
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Referring to C&V celebrities by their first name - Eddy, Ugo, Tullio, Ernesto, etc.
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Maybe more 41 than C&V, but....
An ideal bike should be laterally stiff and vertically compliant.
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Steel is real.
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Old 01-24-21, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
And I guess FFD could be a C&V specific acronym.
Might as well define it.

FFD = French Fender Day, a wonderful gathering every early fall in non-COVID years where old farts on old bikes, typically built in the French constructeur method, often built by French constructeurs, almost always with fenders (French or not). Attendees believe that bike technology should have just stopped changing long before the Eroica bike date cutoff, and, like Brunelleschi studying Roman ruins to rediscover the technology holding up the roof of the Duomo, Peter Weigle saved bicycling, and possibly humanity by rediscovering low trail and 650b tires.

Alternative definition:

FFD = French Fender Day, a gathering of bike nerds and poseurs every early fall in non-COVID years to slap each other on the back and tell each other how superior our ancient technology bikes are, even though none of us can keep up with the carbon fiber riding Racer Ricks anymore. Most of these bikes will be broken down half the year while the owner searches frantically on French eBay for an obscure French part.
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Old 01-24-21, 10:43 AM
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this whole thread is an insider joke full of jargon
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
aka, suicide shifters

not to be confused with suicide shifters
Turkey Levers ?

Dork Disks, and speaking of threads that are infamous - isn't this one that is still brought up from time to time ?

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-m...heel-fire.html
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Hammerfest: Group ride where testosterone prevails over common sense (everyone is constantly putting the hammer down instead of pacing)

Masher: cyclist who rides with a slower than typical cadence / higher gear than most would choose for a given situation. Mashing is the opposite of spinning
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
Turkey Levers ?

Dork Disks, and speaking of threads that are infamous - isn't this one that is still brought up from time to time ?

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-m...heel-fire.html
Dork Disks, aka pie plates.
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Not sure if I'm spelling this right...tombolet' ?
*Tombay
https://www.bikeforums.net/fifty-plu...yed-today.html
https://youtu.be/b0JUtatO9D4
https://youtu.be/c-07ATBSe80

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crabon & plastic = carbon fiber
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Tyres, even though the poster is born and raised in the US...
N+1= A monikker for the idiocy that is bicycle addiction; adding a bike to an already overcrowded stable; N-1, a return to sanity, much to the chagrin of the person deleting it.
PO: penetrating oil, pissed off, and an unidentified pronounced odor...Like EVOO for bike folks...

Leverage: the politer word for the technique used to unstick parts that have fused...sometimes pronounced "sledgehammer".

RJ the bike guy: where all amateur mechanics turn to after they have failed the standard way.

Retrofit: adding something to a C and V bike that doesn't belong, knowing folks will resoundingly suggest period-correct hardware; in my case, meaning, "oops...didn't know that wouldn't fit...what if I do this though." Usually follwed by a trip to RJ the Bike Guy.
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SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed. See S-1 above. Also refers to obedience on other matters as well as all things bicycle-related.
Tubulars, Tubular tires. Nothing to do with tubeless or tube-type (clincher) tires.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Gugificazione on both counts
Hahaha!! Love it.
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