a headset that allows you to attach a fork to your bike with a threadless steering tube.
a six-sided wrench (hexagonal) that is used to loosen and tighten hex:head bolts.
the bolt that firmly fixes a cable to a component
the sharpest point of a corner.
(all-terrain bike) a mountain bike.
the alert and well-balanced position you ride in when you approach, or ride on, rough terrain. It is characterized by bent knees, rear above the saddle, elbows slightly bent, and a raised head.
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to crash head first. "man, i totally augered in and split my helmet!"
the shaft on which your wheelset rotates.
the adjustment knobs found on rear derailleurs, shifters, and brake levers. Used for fine adjustments.
a category for beginning racers on the NORBA race schedule.
an embankment on a trail.
an attachment bolt (bar-end to handlebar, seatpost to frame, etc.).
when you run out of energy.
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This refers to the section of the trail which is covered with big boulders.
heart rate reference (beats per minute).
the pivot point attached to a frame or fork that the brake arms mount to.
the block of material used to create friction on a rim or rotor so that you can stop.
holds the brake pad.
a method of steel frame construction that involves brass or silver solder to connect frame tubes.
a hop that you incorporate into your riding technique so you can clear obstacles such as logs without stopping.
a sleeve that is used as a bearing on suspension forks, suspension swing arms, pedals, and derailleur jockey wheels.
tubing that has been manipulated so it is thinner in the middle and thicker near the welded ends. Allows for lighter and stronger frames.
wire (braided or strands) used to operate derailleurs and brakes.
cap or solder used to keep the end of a cable from fraying.
a bolt that attaches cables to the brakes and derailleurs.
the sheath through which a cable passes
a brake that has two separate arms pulled at the same time towards the rim by a cable.
a series of links held together with pins.
an imaginary straight line which runs from the middle chain ring to the middle cogset.
the dragging and jamming of your chain that occurs in sloppy conditions, or when little burs occur on your chainrings that cause the chain to bunch up.
a tool used to remove the rear cogs of a freehub
a toothed sprocket attached to the crankarm
the bottom tubes of the rear triangle of a frame
a perfect ride through a tough section.
a pedal that has spring-loaded cleats that clip to a riders shoe.
a rider who weighs more than 200 pounds.
a sprocket located on the drive side of a rear hub.
the absorbtion of the speed of compression of a shock's spring on impact.
the levers of a crankset that your pedals attach to.
the bottom bracket, crankarms, and chainrings go together to make up the crankset.
a race that involves laps around a short course
a traditional MTB race that mixes many types of riding conditions into one coarse.
an off-road race that involves riders having to dismount and run over obstacles, carrying their bikes.
to put your foot down while riding so you don't fall over
a mechanism in a suspension fork or shock that helps determine the compression rate of the spring.
the deadening, or absorbtion, of a spring's compression rate.
a mechanical device that moves the chain over the cogs or chainrings, changing gears.
the replaceable extension that attaches the rear derailleur to the frame at the right side rear dropout
when everything on your bike is running smoothly, you are said to be "dialed in"
the most recognized bicycle frame shape
brakes that mount near the hub, and squeeze pads against a rotor mounted to the hub. They can be operated both mechanically or hydraulically.
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the plastic spoke protector that sits between the cassette and the spokes on the rear wheel of a bicycle.
two trails that run parallel to each other (also called tractor trail or Jeep trail).
the tube of a frame that connects the head tube to the bottom bracket.
a type of racing held on ski slopes - fastest rider to the bottom wins.
shifting to a lower gear.
the parts of a bike that includes the crankarms, chainrings, bottom bracket, front derailleur, chain, rear derailleur, and freewheel.
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A ledge that can be ridden over with a drop on one side.
the slots in the fork and rear triangle that the axle of the wheel mount to.
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Dropping in a steep single track when other riders are around.
a bike that has both front and rear suspension.
a compressible erethane material used in suspension systems.
a crash that involves you flying over your handlebars
a racing category of the NORBA racing series. It is between Sport class and semi-pro.
the cap on the end of a cable housing.
a back country dirt or gravel road wide enough for emergency vehicles to use.
a non-adjustable cup on the drive side of the bottom bracket.
the location on the hub where the spoke heads are anchored.
the part of the bike that attaches the front wheel to the frame.
the piece of the fork that joins the two fork legs to the steering tube.
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A derogatory term describing anyone who's equipment is ill-suited for the task, or they are vastly over-equipped for the situation.
the cluster of cogs on the rear wheelset that allows you to stop pedalling while the bike is still moving forwards.
the old-style shifter (non-indexed). Relied on cable tension maintained by friction washers and bolts.
the main triangle of a frame consisting of the head tube, top tube, down tube, and seat tube.
someone who always rides in too high a gear, stomping on the pedals.
a really long period of time. Derived from the name of a LBS that was a little slow getting work done. "Man, that roadclimb to the trailhead was almost a gevert long."
all the colorful parts and pieces that you can add or change out on a bike.
extreme technical sections. Characterized by very rough, rooty, slippery, or rocky sections. Commonly found in the Pacific Northwest and New England. "He has got some great bike handling skills and can really scream through the gnarl."
treacherous, extreme. "That vertical drop was sheer gonzo."
the lowest gear available on a bike, which only a grandmother would need to use; designed for steep uphill climbing, but extremely easy to pedal in on flat ground.
a long uphill climb.
"All that dried mud and sand left me with a loud case of the grindies in my drivetrain."
a very difficult climb, requiring use of the granny gear.
a bicycling commuter.
a mountain bike that has no rear suspension.
the framesets front tube.
the cup and bearing mechanism that allows a fork to turn freely in the head tube of the frame.
the part of the wheelset that the axle passes through and the spokes are attached to.
a brake that uses oil pressure to move the brake pads against the brake surface.
International Mountain Biking Association. An organization for trail advocacy.
all the junk on a bike that impeeds performance and looks bad.
a shifter that shifts into fixed gear positions as it moves through its "clicks".
to accelerate quickly; to go very fast.
Circular cog shaped pulleys on the rear derailleur.
when a riders face gets covered with spots of mud, making him look like "John Boy" on the Waltons. "I hit that mudhole and got John boy'ed big time."
acronym for "Just Riding Along," a phrase universally uttered by people bringing both halves of their frame and the remains of their fork in for warrantee replacement.
where we now say bunny hop, BMXers used to say "jump".
an injury to the shin received while doing trials, a kack can be the result of any injury receive during technical riding.
a bunny hop in which the rider pushes the back tire to one side.
the all-terrain tires that are used on mountain bikes.
acronym for Local Bike Shop.
the desirable path or strategy to take on a tricky trail section.
when a male rider watches a beautiful female ride over rough terrain and stares intensely at all the jiggling parts, making him too dizzy to see straight when it's his turn to ride the same terrain.
how one's jaw feels when it and the handle bars attempt to occupy the same space and time. "Fuck!" "Pray, whats wrong?" "I've got mandibular disharmony."
hole covered with autumn leaves, resembling solid earth and effective at eating the front wheel of the unsuspecting rider.
(muh RINN') the county in Northern California where MTBing is said to have been invented. Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
momentum. "If you don't get in gear at the bottom of that hill, you'll lose your mo."
charm or icon worn by a biker or attached to the bike.
magazine writer speak for a full-suspension bike.
what happens when a bike slows abruptly in mud, throwing the rider into wet goo.
1) a shower after a ride on a muddy trail. 2) the act of becoming clean.
rod shaped rollers that allow a sleeve to slide over them. They are usually arranged in a cartridge.
a nut that is designed to both fit on the end of a spoke and through the spoke hole on the rim.
(National Off-Road Bicycle Association) - USA Cycling's mountain bike racing division.
a reverse wheelie riding tequnique in which the rider elevates the rear wheel while still rolling on the front tire.
sloped ground that makes handling difficult.
a tire flat that is caused when the tube is pinched against the rim internally.
an adjustment on the spring in a suspension fork or shock that allows you to set the suspension compression.
the narrow valve found on most mountain bike inner tubes. A metal cap must be unscrewed before air can enter or exit.
NORBA's top racing category.
the tire inflation measurement. It stands for pounds per square inch.
mountain bike shifters made by Shimano.
a riding technique in which you pedal in partial strokes in order to clear obsticals.
the distance from the end of the stem to the other end of the top tube.
the rear portion of the mountain bike that is made up of the seatstays, the chainstays and the seat tube.
the muffling of the return rate of a spring.
the outside ring of the wheel assembly.
a stationary training device that allows you to train on your bike indoors.
the platform that the rider sits on.
the type of valve used on most cars and trucks. They are found on less expensive bicycle tubes and are spring-loaded to release air or let it in.
a bearing cluster that has been sealed with a dust cap of some kind to keep out dirt.
the point on the frame where the seat tube, top tube and seat stays intersect.
the post that the saddle attaches to.
the post that the saddle attaches to.
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Negotiating trails with sufficient speed and elan to evoke awe in fellow riders or onlookers. Doing it with a higher-than-usual level of expertise.
a narrow mountain bike trail that must be ridden single file.
the quick release axle clamp of a wheelset.
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same as a pinch flat, but has two holes. (same causative mechanism)
the right side of the crankset that the chainrings attach to.
the thin rods of the wheelset.
the NORBA race catagory between beginner and expert.
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Another word used for CRASH on a bike.
the distance between the top tube and the rider's crotch.
the swinging rear end of a dual suspension frame.
a turn on a hill that is too steep to be climbed without zig-zagging.
a state of mind experienced while riding. You don't think, you just do. A truly mystical experience that can't be fully explained, but when you get there you'll know it and strive to reach it again.
the tube connecting the head tube to the seat tube.
a riding technique that involves the rider stopping completely without putting a foot down.
the distance a suspension fork or a shock can compress.
having three chainrings on a crankset.
an indexing shifter that twists around the handlebar.
describing a bike or accessory made from expensive, high-tech material. A play on "unobtainable" and "titanium." n. a piece (of god knows what) that has come off from the inside of something else and rattles around, impossible to retrieve to stop the rattling. E.g. a piece of weld comes off of the inside of a bike frame.
to shift into a higher gear.
a singletrack that is heavily overgrown with foliage, so a rider must duck and bend to get through it.
1) to empty the contents of one's bladder. "Where were you, man? We waited for at least two minutes." "Sorry, dude, I had to void, my back teeth were floating." 2) a deep chasm that you have to clear or you will die.
Velo Tout-Terrain, the French term for mountain biking. Velo = bike, Tout = all, and don't even ask me about terrain. :-)
spectators who line up at dangerous obstacles in hopes of seeing blood.
what you might get when your stem has no nard guard.
to have the front tire lose traction, especially while going around a corner.
small, regular undulations of the soil surface that make for a very rough ride.
a MTB owner (not even necessarily a rider) who is more concerned with how many milligrams a certain component saves off the bike's total weight than with how to be a better rider.
lifting the front wheel off the ground, usually with some combination of pulling on the handlebars, pedaling harder, and balance.
a combo of a wheelie and a jump, used to negotiate a large drop with little speed due to a limited run-out.
a series of up-and-down bumps, suitable for jumping.
poorly adjusted brake pads that squeal in use.
a reflector. "Nice winky set, fred!"
a crash. v. ("wipe out") to crash.
Marin-based organization founded by writer and former MTB racer Jacquie Phelan.
not functioning properly. "I bailed, and now my wheel is all wonky and all I hear are wild pigs."
to work on one's steed, to adjust or repair. n. a bike shop mechanic. "I blew my shock but the wrench at Charlie's dialed it back in for me."
a horrendous crash that leaves all your various "wares" -- water bottles, pump, tool bag, etc. -- scattered as if on display for sale.
a state of mind where you think you've reached The Zone, but you really just stopped paying attention to what you're doing. Usually used as an excuse for a particularly embarrassing biff.