FW: Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology

Here’s the post I was able to find. Notice how old it is! Surely we have
new ones by now…


-----Original Message----- From: owner-unicycling@winternet.com
[On"]mailto:owner-unicycling@winternet.com]On Behalf Of John Foss Sent:
Sunday, December 07, 1997 11:36 PM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject:
Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology

Muni riders,

Below is my list of MUni terminology. Some of the expressions are serious
and some are for fun. Much of what’s there comes from mountain biking or
other sports. What’s missing? What special words or expressions do you use
where you ride? I’d like to add all the good ones.

expression used for taking a restroom break along the trail: “Excuse me, I
have to adjust my handlebars.”

Adjusting deraileur: Female version of adjusting handlebars. So named
because it is more complex and less likely to happen.

Bonking: Too much redlining or dehydration.

Breaking point: The spot on the trail where your unicycle breaks and you
have to walk back. Usually at the furthest point from the car. Also known
as turnaround point and walk-home point.

Butt plant: Hurts, usually happens when someone is looking and

Cliffside retrieval: Having to climb down off the trail to retrieve a
dropped unicycle. Sometimes a rope is needed.

Catching air: Riding over any obstacle that leaves you momentarily

Dabbing: Dismounting or putting a foot down.

Dead spot: When the cranks are vertical and you have no power.

Doing a Brett: Riding up ahead, doubling back, riding up ahead of the rest
of the group. Named for Brett (Bloodman) Bymaster, who’s got too much
energy to ride with a group of normal riders.

Doing an Andy: Tasting the local flora, fauna or dirt. Named for
Californian Andy Jennings, who has been known to not only sample water and
plants, but to taste the trail dirt (on purpose)!

Doubletrack: Trails that should be ridden by two or more unicycles.

Fall line: Direct line down or up an obstacle or hill.

Flailing: Wild arm movements used to keep the cycle on the trail, often
used when riding along the edge of cliffs.

Getting forward: A particularly important concept in MTU, it means getting
way out front of the wheel to ride up and over obstacles and steep slopes.

Geek: Beginner (or any rider who is a geek anyway).

Getting launched: There are many varieties involved here - clean ones,
crooked ones, face first, knee first,etc.

Gnarly: Any terrain that requires hopping or pecking.

Head dab: Nice name for a faceplant.

Hip thrust: Used to flick the unicycle to a new pedal level position.

Hopping: On the saddle and springing up.

Hovering: Temporary zero rolling while weight or mind is collected to
survey for, or make a new move. Also known as Twisting.

Invisible Bump: An excuse for falling off, usually told to fellow riders.
Also known by UK riders like Mini Mansell as “Hitting a big lump of
nothing”. Also known as “Cosmic rays” by Santa Cruz riders Lloyd Tabb and
Bruce Bundy.

Jammed: Like stalling but more abrupt.

Micro-focus: Seeing and responding to what is immediately going
under the wheel

Pecking: Using hopping movements to get over obstacles. Can be several
hops, or just one. Named for George Peck, master of rough terrain. Pecking
is very hard on axles, so use with caution if your axle is not strong.

Pedal strike: Very bad. Instantly causes lots of air between saddle and
rider’s rear.

Power position: When the cranks are horizontal.

Really stupid: Not wearing pads after you’ve already hurt yourself.

Redlining: Reaching or passing one’s anaerobic zone, usually while
riding uphill

Rolling the pedal: When a bump causes the pedal to flip under your foot
and your foot stays on it. With luck you can correct the foot position
without dabbing.

Shooting the pedal: Foot tripping off the pedal.

Shrake: The sound made by unseen tree branches scraping the top of your
helmet. Also “Ouch”, when the branches poke through the helmet’s air
holes, or if you aren’t wearing one.

Side dabbing: Using a tree, rock or other trailside obstacle for support.

Singletrack: Trails that should be ridden by unicycle.

Stalling out: Getting stuck at an obstacle with pedals in the dead spot.

Stupid: Not wearing pads appropriate for the activity.

Snake bite: Double hole in tube caused by low tire pressure and
edge impact.

Spinout: When the tire looses traction and the wheel spins in place.

Tire poppers: Sharp-edged rocks that can do you-know-what.

The tool you didn’t bring: The only one you need to keep from walking.

Unicycle bowling: When the unicycle catches air or rolls over multiple
times while falling down the hill (with or without rider aboard).

Unweighting: Very important for getting the pedal to a new power position.
As in a curb…you flick your weight forward and up, unweighting the cycle
as it lifts up the curb.

Yee Ha!: A sound uttered by North American unicyclists when riding on
really fun trails, usually while going downhill. Synonyms: Wheee hoo,
whooo, whooee, whee, etc.

Yeeeeah!: A throaty sound uttered by North American unicyclists upon
reaching the top of a very difficult descent, or after a stretch of nearly
impossible trail. See above for variations.

Zoom: Getting speed up for an obstacle.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unifoss@calweb.com

“Never two tired”