We asked blogger and author BikeSnobNYC, known to the world now as Eben Weiss, to give us a rundown of some of the cycling lingo he uses in his blog posts with a brief description. We really did this for you, readers, so that you could be in the know. Here you go:
Bike Salmon (n)–A cyclist who rides against the flow of traffic.
Shoal (v)–To inconsiderately pull up in front of other cyclists at intersections instead of politely waiting behind them. “That guy on the trike totally shoaled me! Now I’ll have to go around him.”
PistaDex (n-archaic)–The average price of all the used Bianchi Pistas currently for sale on Craigslist in a given city, used to determine the relative popularity of fixed-gear bicycles in that locale.
AYHMB–An acronym for “All You Haters Suck My Balls,” first spotted on a lime-green bicycle rim by the noted Brooklyn photographer Sucka Pants in 2008. One does not need to actually have “balls” to identify with or revel in the individualist spirit of the phrase.
Palp (v)–To use, esp. a piece of bicycle equipment. “In order to remain visible, I palp a 20-foot orange flag on my recumbent at all times.”
Nü-Fred (n)–A variation on the term “Fred,” long common cycling parlance for an “amateurish” road cyclist. The “Nü-Fred” is the urban fixed-gear equivalent, often seen attempting to trackstand at intersections while wearing an expensive, new, and empty messenger bag.
Beautiful Godzilla (etymology: “Seinfeld”): A fashionable breed female urban cyclist (often a professional model) on a vintage bicycle, found mainly in cosmopolitan centers such as New York City. Used to deferential treatment, they disregard traffic signals and talk on cell phones while riding.
Eben Weiss, Mr. Bike Snob
Saturday, May 1
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sunday, May 2
Bike New York: Five Boro Bike Tour
Toga Bike’s Tent, Battery Park
Visit the tent before the ride to meet BikeSnobNYC.
Thursday, May 6
Bike Culture Summit
Benefitting Transportation Alternatives Bicycle Advocacy
NYU’s Wasserman Center Auditorium
133 E. 13th Street, 2nd floor
Click here for event information and ticket purchase.
Wednesday, June 16
Austin, Texas 78701
Thursday, June 17
1590 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Friday, June 18
Barnes & Noble
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95117
Saturday, June 19
University of Washington Bookstore
4326 University Way N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105
Sunday, June 20
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
Show up at one of Eben’s tour stops for a chance to win a cycling prize pack featuring cool products and bike gear from KNOG and other companies.
Visit our Bike Snob page for up-to-date tour information, a look inside the book, etc.
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