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Cycling Lexicon - need translations(7 posts)

Cycling Lexicon - need translations94Nole
Apr 30, 2003 4:40 AM
As a relative newcomer to road cycling (or Newbie) there seems to be quite a lot of phrases, acronyms, etc. that are regularly used with regard to the sport, maintenance, bike parts, etc. that would make reading this board a lot more meaningful to those of us with hardly a clue. For example, I learn a lot about cycling etiquette here and just learned about "wheel sucking" yesterday.

Please post your phrase, word, acronym and it's meaning for us new guys. Thanks
re: Cycling Lexicon - need translationsGrampy
Apr 30, 2003 4:56 AM
Bookmark this site.

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before you ask...nm=no message (nm)Frith
Apr 30, 2003 6:01 AM
bottom bracketmohair_chair
Apr 30, 2003 6:47 AM
I have no idea why they call it a bottom bracket. It is one of the more confusing terms in cycling, in my opionion. It's not a bracket, for one thing. Not as I understand brackets.

Anyway, the bottom bracket is a part that screws into your frame, generally at the closet point to the ground, which is probably where "bottom" comes from. It contains bearings and an axle that your cranks attach to. (Your cranks are the things your pedals attach to.) It's a key part, as you can imagine.

The term bottom bracket is sometimes used to describe the general location of the bottom bracket itself. You might read "the XYZ 150 has a low bottom bracket, making ground clearance an issue...." You'll probably never read that for a road bike, however!

Often bottom bracket is abbreviated as "BB."
try Sheldon Brownlonebikeroftheapocalypse
Apr 30, 2003 6:50 AM

More bicycle stuff than you can shake a stick at, check out the glossary.
What does YMMV stand for? nmSharkman
Apr 30, 2003 8:46 AM
Your Mileage May Vary (nm)CHRoadie
Apr 30, 2003 9:04 AM