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Old 02-21-12, 04:19 AM
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Showing I'm a real newbie to cycling of today...

But, and don't laugh, what the heck does "flip it and slam" it mean?

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Old 02-21-12, 04:27 AM
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flip the stem so it has less upward angle and drop it (slam it) down as far as you can on the steerer tube.
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Old 02-21-12, 04:28 AM
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Jeez , you're really a noob , LOL , flip the stem so it is orientated horizontal or slightly below , slam it refers to removing all but one thin spacer beneath
said stem from one noob to another
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Old 02-21-12, 04:36 AM
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Okay, I understand it now. I just wasn't sure.
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Blimey--You'll Be asking wot a Pie ride is next.

Like all sports there is a terminology that you get to understand by experience.

Just in case you are wondering what benefit comes from Flipping and Slamming-- Not much but post a pic of your Dogma on the road forum with a high stem 1/4" above the saddle and see what happens.
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Old 02-21-12, 12:10 PM
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I wasn't quite sure of those terms either, though I mostly figured it out after looking at a few of the pics posted in that thread.

I won't be flipping and slamming myself, especially not with a quill stem.
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Old 02-21-12, 12:43 PM
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You really don't need to know what it means. All you need to know is that there is this long-running competition on BF to see who can be first to respond "Flip it and slam it!" whenever someone posts a picture of their bike. If you're first enough times, you get some sort of prize. I don't know what it is.
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Jeez, I've been riding and racing for 40 years and this is the first time I've heard the term. Thanks for the explanation.

I've been riding so long that I find the upward stem angle downright ugly. I always buy -17 degree stems and mount them level with the ground. Just like the top tube. Just my sense of aesthetics, but I've always found the mtb angle of the top tubes on compact road bikes to be downright ugly, especially with an overly-long head tube.

The curved top tube on some of the cf racing bikes is not bad, though. But aesthetics tend to change over time; I'm sure I'll get used to the look of compact frames and angled stems. May take awhile.

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Old 02-21-12, 01:26 PM
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Why do we want to be the first to say flip it and slam it?

Why do we want to make the podium as commenters on bikesnob's blog (I posiumed once and am darned proud of it)?

Why do we climb big frozen rocks in the middle of nowhere?

Because we are conquistadors of the useless.
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I flipped and slammed the mountain bike the other day. Does that count?
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I flipped and slammed the mountain bike the other day. Does that count?
My personal recommendation would be to keep the rubber side down.
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There are a number of people in my life I'd like to "flip and slam." Think that would be okay? I can tell them it's bike-related.
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
But, and don't laugh, what the heck does "flip it and slam" it mean?
1) Every one was a real newbie once.

2) No need to "flip it and slam it" if you're comfortable on the bike. Later, once you have bunch a miles under your belt, you may want to lower your bars -- or maybe not.
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Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
Jeez, I've been riding and racing for 40 years and this is the first time I've heard the term. Thanks for the explanation.

I've been riding so long that I find the upward stem angle downright ugly. I always buy -17 degree stems and mount them level with the ground. Just like the top tube. Just my sense of aesthetics, but I've always found the mtb angle of the top tubes on compact road bikes to be downright ugly, especially with an overly-long head tube.

The curved top tube on some of the cf racing bikes is not bad, though. But aesthetics tend to change over time; I'm sure I'll get used to the look of compact frames and angled stems. May take awhile.

L.
While I've heard and understood the terms before, they are newbie terms that us folks who have been doing this for a few decades wouldn't necessarily have noticed. Heck, most of my bikes still have quill stems. Actually, I'm really pleased that there is a growing number of new and returning cyclists. The more the merrier.
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Old 02-24-12, 09:14 PM
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New to me too......... live and learn. "Thanks"
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BFisms rarely used in the real world.
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