Want to sound like a cycling pro, as opposed to a Fred and Doris? (See below!) Then it’s time to brush up on your cycle slang. Here are a few terms to get you started…
Your lowest gear. If granny were riding, this is what she’d be using!
To pedal like crazy.
Fred and Doris
Newbie cyclists. Brush up on your lingo and you won’t get called this!
A cycle helmet – your most important piece of gear. It’s a legal requirement to wear a helmet when cycling in New Zealand.
Runners hit the wall…cyclists bonk! Complete and utter exhaustion, usually caused by inadequate food and hydration.
Mountain biking terms:
To crash or take a hard tumble while riding the trail.
To ride hard, with little regard for your personal safety.
When your chain gets snarled between either the chainrings or the crank and the frame.
A full suspension bike with plenty of bounce.
A double puncture on a inner tube.
And since a visit to New Zealand might be on the cards, we’d better bring you up to speed with a few choice Kiwi phrases, too:
Flipflops or thongs.
Corner shop or store.
Middle of nowhere
Bach (pronounced batch)
Pit toilet/outhouse. Commonly found when out tramping (walking), and on DoC sites.
To be very pleased or excited.
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