1 a sudden sharp movement : the flick of a switch | a flick of the wrist.
• the sudden release of a bent finger or thumb, esp. to propel a small object : he sent his cigarette spinning away with a flick of his fingers.
• a light, sharp, quickly retracted blow, esp. with a whip.
This is my hardbound, ancient, but very useful dictionary say on the matter.
And to use it as a verb.
1 he flicked the switch click, snap, flip, jerk.
2 the horse flicked its tail swish, twitch, wave, wag, waggle, shake.
3 she flicked the bike from turn to turn.
I have been having alot of fun on the intentional action of flicking a bike (no not a booger), on my typical rides and wondered about the rest of biking society. All this talk about the right tire, page after page of what works, what doesn't, what flys and what stinks. I think some riders are confusing tires with flick. Why spend $60 on a tire, hoping that somehow that tire will become the cat's meow, solving all your bikes shortcomings? Whereas, it is really the flick that you have been craving?
But unlike screaming into a bermed turn, the flick is a true measure of a bike's handling character. True, since a bike is light, all bikes flick, but after riding off-road motorcycles, where flick-ability really comes into play, I was thinking out loud to myself on another solo ride, "what make me tick? No, flick"?
What? You have never heard about flick? If you are a skier, snowboarder, wakeboarder, surfer, or anyone foolish to tie a board to your feet, then you have in the very least, applied the flick factor. You know what I'm talking about.
To the two-wheeled brethren, its all about that transition time between turns. As you come into a turn at or near your comfort speed, all the engineering... all those jobs for goober-sake have been working their collective tail off so you can apply a little flick into your ride! Its in the geometry. Its in the location of the pivots if you ride fs. Somehow it all suspossed to go back into what you feel out there on the trail.
But apply too much flick and you will certainly crash. Apply too much brake and you will not flick. Lean too far forward and your front wheel will wash out. Lean too far back and you will feel like a goober. Ride a bmx, and you will be known as "Mr. Flick" Ride a 29'r and you will have to work harder to get your flick on, if you know what I mean... Now, I'm not advocating that faster is better, but if you are having a day where you want to push your collective soul during the ride, pay attention to flick and report back.
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