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    Correct bike terms

    through the years of selling bikes, l have heard people refer to certain products and l found it funny. the ol' "huh, what did you say".


    here's some of them:


    Goose neck = referring to the stem

    Forks = referring to the fork (singular) --- a suspension fork isn't a "forks"

    Eight Eighty Eight --- referring to the Marzocchi 888 (just call it "triple 8" plz).

    ---- that would mean the Zoke 66 should be called the "six sixty"?

    Rear derailleurs --- no comment... what's with the making something that's singular, plural?

    seat = saddle ... that's ok, l'll let that one slide. Often used, not sure why "they ever started calling them a saddle. bikes don't eat grass like em horses with saddles do.


    Darn, l should have wrote these down... l had more.

    just went blank
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    front shock = fork

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirridealot View Post
    front shock = fork
    that drives me absolutely nuts!

    I also hate it when people spell brakes "breaks"

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    Quote Originally Posted by davet View Post
    that drives me absolutely nuts!

    I also hate it when people spell brakes "breaks"
    chuckle ---- yeah -- that's more our failing sKool system.


    when people write checks:

    Pedal Shop - correct

    Peddle Shop - incorrect

    Petal Shop - incorrect (we're not a frinkin' flower shop!!!)

    whole different subject, more of a visual thing --- people wearing helmets backwards --- frikin classic. is the strap going across your mouth not an indicator that it's on wrong?
    for what it worth, maybe it's our area -- l know l'm profiling here, 80% of the time it's the folks from Indonesian descent who are wearing them backwards. sorry

    Drop bars vs curly bars -- ehh, whatever.


    bull horns, bar ends --- can't remember what the person called them but man, it was classic and having them point straight up in the air --- why?


    understanding the whole "clipless" pedal thing ---

    SPD, rat traps, flats...nu-bee people get confused over that all the time.
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    I hear people refer to crank arms as pedals? Not sure why.

    I've also heard people call grips grippies? That annoys me.

    The whole confusion with clipless is annoying sometimes.

    The term "Granny gear" has different meaning to some folks I've noticed.
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    handle post = stem...whaat?
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    oh yeah, and --- "do you have any Nubby tires?"
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    here's my favorite...Pedal Pads...It's actually a term used often by my friend (cringe).
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    one guy said he'd sell me a pair of domains... i thought "cool, one for me, and one for my bud..."

    i was shocked when he said it was just one...

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    I agree with a lot of that but I don't think eight eighty-eight is a big deal.

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    Yeah when I part timed at a bike shop I had customers using goofy terms for stuff, and the constant ''who makes the BEST mtn bike?''......even worse was the customer ''vocabulary'' when I part timed at a gun shop......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChainChain View Post
    I agree with a lot of that but I don't think eight eighty-eight is a big deal.
    +1

    I say "eight eighty-eight" and "sixty six".

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    Quote Originally Posted by naya the dingo View Post
    +1

    I say "eight eighty-eight" and "sixty six".

    yeah --- lots of people do.


    folks at Zoke say "Triple Eight"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Shop View Post
    yeah --- lots of people do.


    folks at Zoke say "Triple Eight"
    At least they aren't saying eight hundred and eighty eight.
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    Them: "I need my tire changed."
    Me: "I think just a tube will do."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Shop View Post
    Goose neck = referring to the stem
    80's BMX

    At least that is when I learned it.

    If I can remember correctly, there was a brand of stem called the Goose Neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    I hear people refer to crank arms as pedals?
    The term "Granny gear" has different meaning to some folks I've noticed.
    I hear cranks called 'pedal arms' all the time. It may be wrong, but at least it's logical

    Now, what's this about pedalling a Granny's ring again?

    Gear changers
    Gear arms
    Cog mover (no really)

    By far the most common one from people who are 'into' mtb-ing is to call rebound and compression up and down. Thing is, which one do they mean by up and down?
    Generally speaking, one conversation and a demonstration of how to set a fork up is all it takes to make them understand. t's nice to help people.

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    Heh. When people say, "I'm gonna get a new front fork", I always ask them what they're going to do about their rear fork...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBMX View Post
    Heh. When people say, "I'm gonna get a new front fork", I always ask them what they're going to do about their rear fork...
    i had to do that for months before my friend dropped the "front" part.

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    I have a friend who says that he can't buy any of the simpler fork/shock models because "they don't have high-speed compression and rebound, and I always ride real fast". Of course. Duh.

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    Ok, watching the world cup the last few years I've heard the Brits and other Europeans describing the track as "slippy" , but they go on and say "slippery" too,,,,,WTF???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    Ok, watching the world cup the last few years I've heard the Brits and other Europeans describing the track as "slippy" , but they go on and say "slippery" too,,,,,WTF???
    and aluminium.. wa da fu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P View Post
    80's BMX

    At least that is when I learned it.

    If I can remember correctly, there was a brand of stem called the Goose Neck.

    P
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    Grammatically it is correct to say forks as the noun is plurale tantum. Just as in the same way that you use the words scissors, clothes or trousers.

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    switching subjects to bone-head moves: guy buys a sorta blingy 29er from me. has it 2, 3 days at the most, calls me ranting how the front brake isn't working all of a sudden -- l tell him to bring it in.

    turns out: he was tinkerin' with the bike --- he put the front wheel on facing the wrong direction --- aka the rotor was on the right instead of the left.

    "Here's your sign"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Shop View Post
    switching subjects to bone-head moves: guy buys a sorta blingy 29er from me. has it 2, 3 days at the most, calls me ranting how the front brake isn't working all of a sudden -- l tell him to bring it in.

    turns out: he was tinkerin' with the bike --- he put the front wheel on facing the wrong direction --- aka the rotor was on the right instead of the left.

    "Here's your sign"
    Dude it's so awesome that your dissing your customers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalhack View Post
    Dude it's so awesome that your dissing your customers!
    Fact. It's always fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bug-rex View Post
    Fact. It's always fun.
    Sometimes ya gotta vent after dealing with the general public all day lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHgnaR View Post
    Them: "I need my tire changed."
    Me: "I think just a tube will do."
    Can you fix my flat?

    I can't believe some people can't change a tube....really? Hope these people aren't going on any long rides away from the parking lot...

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    I had someone the other day refer to the fork as a "telescopy thing"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cord View Post
    Grammatically it is correct to say forks as the noun is plurale tantum. Just as in the same way that you use the words scissors, clothes or trousers.
    It's not plurale tantum. Fork is the singular noun form of forks.

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    Crank vs. cranks....same as fork vs. forks, isn't it? A bike only has one crank/crankset....

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    It's not plurale tantum. Fork is the singular noun form of forks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalhack View Post
    dude it's so awesome that your dissing your customers!
    ++1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor Lord of Thunder View Post
    Crank vs. cranks....same as fork vs. forks, isn't it? A bike only has one crank/crankset....
    A bike has two cranks but one crankset.

    Better question: Is the Lefty actually a fork fork, or is it just a front shock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    A bike has two cranks but one crankset.

    Better question: Is the Lefty actually a fork fork, or is it just a front shock?
    It's a strut.

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    "I need to replace my nipple tube" - in referance to a presta valve tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBMX View Post
    Heh. When people say, "I'm gonna get a new front fork", I always ask them what they're going to do about their rear fork...
    Not a biking term, but it's like when people refer to their 'hot water heater' in their house. If it's already hot, it doesn't need to be heated, right?

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    I know that people sometimes refers to their rim as their complete wheel, like when they say I need a new wheel... No, you only need a new rim to be laced to your current hub.

    Or when think disc tabs are for accessories or the opposite... Then they wonder why it's not working good...

    Or when they don't realize that cable and housing are two different things... So they end up with cables only...

    And when they think the ferules are the cable's end that you crimp to prevent the cable from unwinding... Those are crimps. Ferules are to protect the end of the housing.

    Then they don't understand the difference between WD-40 and Teflon based lube when wrenching on their bikes...

    Then that a crankset is usually 2 crank arms with rings and a crank arm is the crank arm ONLY, without rings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Footer View Post
    Not a biking term, but it's like when people refer to their 'hot water heater' in their house. If it's already hot, it doesn't need to be heated, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalhack View Post
    Dude it's so awesome that your dissing your customers!

    chuckle --- that guy felt such a nubee when l fixed the problem in about 3 seconds --- he couldn't believe he did that. we still joke about it to this day.
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    by far --- best line an employee ever landed ---


    a nicely built woman bought a Saris bike rack from us... one of my employees installed it for her...

    after he was done, he says to her " Ma'am, that a really nice rack you have there". of course he turns beat red in the face because he realizes what he said could totally be taken as a sexual innuendo.. not sure she actually caught onto him blushing -- it may have shot right over her head (pun intended).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Shop View Post
    by far --- best line an employee ever landed ---


    a nicely built woman bought a Saris bike rack from us... one of my employees installed it for her...

    after he was done, he says to her " Ma'am, that a really nice rack you have there". of course he turns beat red in the face because he realizes what he said could totally be taken as a sexual innuendo.. not sure she actually caught onto him blushing -- it may have shot right over her head (pun intended).
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    Ok, watching the world cup the last few years I've heard the Brits and other Europeans describing the track as "slippy" , but they go on and say "slippery" too,,,,,WTF???
    lol....... over here in the uk, we have alot of slang words, and shortend or abreviated words, specially up in the north.

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    I seem to get a ton of customers with shifting issues asking me if I could tighten their chain...

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    Here's one for ya.
    I have seen in print numerous times (Brits) knobblies instead of knobbies!

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