Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology

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Muni enthusiasts,

Below is my list of MUni terminology. Some of the expressions are serious and
some are for fun. Some comes from mountain biking or other sports. What’s
missing? What special words or expressions do you use where you ride? What would
be fun to add? I’d like to add all the good ones. In some cases, the name of a
term’s originator appears in parenthesis.

GLOSSARY OF MOUNTAIN UNICYCLING TERMINOLOGY:

Adjusting Handlebars: An expression used for taking a restroom break along the
trail: “Excuse me, I have to adjust my handlebars” (Bymaster).

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 (Foss).

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

Calf Tracks: Marks on the back of your leg from errant pedals (Geoff Faraghan).

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 airborne.

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
(purposely) taste the trail dirt!

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

Eating It/Eating the Trail: What happens when you try to pedal past your balance
point and don’t dismount in time.

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

Flail arm: The arm you wave around to keep your balance while holding the seat
with the other hand. Also known as swing arm.

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 (Peck).

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

Gnarly: Any terrain that requires hopping or pecking.

Head dab: Polite name for a faceplant.

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

Hovering: Temporary zero rolling while weight or mind is collected to survey
for, or make a new move. Also known as Twisting. Also means the same as Idling
or Rocking in non-MUni terminology.

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 (Peck).

Micro-focus: Seeing and responding to what is immediately going under the
wheel (Peck).

Pecking: Using hopping movements to get over obstacles. Can be several hops, or
just one. Named for George Peck, master of rough terrain.

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

Power position: When the cranks are horizontal.

Really stupid: Not wearing pads or helmet 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. With
luck your foot stays on and you can correct your foot position without
dabbing (Foss).

Shindentations: Marks on the fronts of your legs from errant pedals or other
obstacles (Nathan Hoover).

Shooting the pedal: Foot tripping off the pedal, similar to Rolling the pedal
but quicker (Peck).

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 (Foss).

Side dabbing: Using a tree, rock or other trailside obstacle for support with
hands, arms, elbows or feet.

Singletrack: Trails that should be ridden by unicycle.

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.

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

Stupid: Not wearing pads or helmet appropriate for the activity.

Style Points: Awarded a rider for great bodily, or unicycle motions in a
dismount (Foss).

Swing arm: The arm you wave around to keep your balance while holding the seat
with the other hand. Also known as swing arm (Foss).

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

Trail Diving: To fit this description the rider generally has to land on the
trail, face down.

Un-Tool: The one and only tool you needed to keep from walking, and you
didn’t bring it.

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

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 (Peck).

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.

Please send your additions or comments.

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/

Coming soon, unicycling.com!

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Re: Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology

Greetings

In message “Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology”, Foss, JohnX wrote…
>Muni enthusiasts,
>
>Below is my list of MUni terminology. Some of the expressions are serious and
>some are for fun. Some comes from mountain biking or other sports. What’s
>missing? What special words or expressions do you use where you ride? What
>would be fun to add? I’d like to add all the good ones. In some cases, the
>name of a term’s originator appears in parenthesis.

Great work! If you ever run out of work, you can change prefessions to
lexicography :slight_smile: In the future, when I have time, I will merge this with my
international unicycling termonology. BTW. I have agreed with the Chinese that
we will add Chinese equivalents together,

>GLOSSARY OF MOUNTAIN UNICYCLING TERMINOLOGY:
>
>Adjusting Handlebars: An expression used for taking a restroom break along the
>trail: “Excuse me, I have to adjust my handlebars” (Bymaster).
>
>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 (Foss).
>
>Butt plant: Hurts, usually happens when someone is looking and photographing.
>
>Calf Tracks: Marks on the back of your leg from errant pedals (Geoff
>Faraghan).
>
>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 airborne.
>
>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
>(purposely) taste the trail dirt!
>
>Doubletrack: Trails that should be ridden by two or more unicycles.
>
>Eating It/Eating the Trail: What happens when you try to pedal past your
>balance point and don’t dismount in time.
>
>Fall line: Direct line down or up an obstacle or hill.
>
>Flail arm: The arm you wave around to keep your balance while holding the seat
>with the other hand. Also known as swing arm.
>
>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 (Peck).
>
>Getting launched: There are many varieties involved here - clean ones, crooked
>ones, face first, knee first,etc. (Peck).
>
>Gnarly: Any terrain that requires hopping or pecking.
>
>Head dab: Polite name for a faceplant.
>
>Hip thrust: Used to flick the unicycle to a new pedal level position (Peck).
>
>Hovering: Temporary zero rolling while weight or mind is collected to survey
>for, or make a new move. Also known as Twisting. Also means the same as Idling
>or Rocking in non-MUni terminology.
>
>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 (Peck).
>
>Micro-focus: Seeing and responding to what is immediately going under the
>wheel (Peck).
>
>Pecking: Using hopping movements to get over obstacles. Can be several hops,
>or just one. Named for George Peck, master of rough terrain.
>
>Pedal strike: Very bad. Instantly causes lots of air between saddle and
>rider’s rear (Peck).
>
>Power position: When the cranks are horizontal.
>
>Really stupid: Not wearing pads or helmet 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. With
>luck your foot stays on and you can correct your foot position without
>dabbing (Foss).
>
>Shindentations: Marks on the fronts of your legs from errant pedals or other
>obstacles (Nathan Hoover).
>
>Shooting the pedal: Foot tripping off the pedal, similar to Rolling the pedal
>but quicker (Peck).
>
>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 (Foss).
>
>Side dabbing: Using a tree, rock or other trailside obstacle for support with
>hands, arms, elbows or feet.
>
>Singletrack: Trails that should be ridden by unicycle.
>
>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.
>
>Stalling out: Getting stuck at an obstacle with pedals in the dead spot
>(Peck).
>
>Stupid: Not wearing pads or helmet appropriate for the activity.
>
>Style Points: Awarded a rider for great bodily, or unicycle motions in a
>dismount (Foss).
>
>Swing arm: The arm you wave around to keep your balance while holding the seat
>with the other hand. Also known as swing arm (Foss).
>
>Tire poppers: Sharp-edged rocks that can do you-know-what (Foss).
>
>Trail Diving: To fit this description the rider generally has to land on the
>trail, face down.
>
>Un-Tool: The one and only tool you needed to keep from walking, and you didn’t
>bring it.
>
>Unicycle bowling: When the unicycle catches air or rolls over multiple times
>while falling down the hill (with or without rider).
>
>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 (Peck).
>
>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.
>
>
>Please send your additions or comments.
>
>Stay on top,
>
>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/
>
>Coming soon, unicycling.com!

Regards, Jack Halpern Kanji Dictionary Publishing Society, http://www.kanji.org
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Re: Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology

At 07:56 AM 11/10/1998 -0500, Jack Halpern wrote:
>Greetings
>
>In message “Glossary of Mountain Unicycling Terminology”, Foss, JohnX wrote…
> >Muni enthusiasts,
> >
> >Below is my list of MUni terminology. Some of the expressions are serious and
> >some are for fun. Some comes from mountain biking or other sports. What’s
> >missing? What special words or expressions do you use where you
ride?
> >What would be fun to add? I’d like to add all the good ones. In some cases,
> >the name of a term’s originator appears in parenthesis.
>
>Great work! If you ever run out of work, you can change prefessions to
>lexicography

God, no. One lexicographer is enough. Alberto Ruiz

Alberto Ruiz ruizb@coqui.net