cycling — cant ( the special language of those men and women in spandex )Posted: June 30, 2012
My lovely daughter gave me a special father’s day gift. She agreed to accompany me on a
mountain bike ride with the Naperville/Elmhurst bike clubs.
Aspiring cyclists beware, learn these words in the cycling vernacular before venturing out…
Sweep That person at the rear may not be too tired to keep up, they may be riding sweep, keeping at the rear of the ride in case someone has trouble or falters.
Car Back A car is coming from the rear, move over into single file to let them pass.
Single File Are you too stupid to move over when we call out “car back”.
Car Up A car is coming up in front, move over on our side of the road.
Rolling Start moving, the light is changing.
Clear No traffic, OK to cross the intersection.
Stopping The intersection isn’t clear, don’t run me over.
Holes ( Feared by all ) Pay attention or you will crash or get a big bump or flat tire
And finally, if your cycling shorts are wearing thin, or are riding low and your shirt is riding up someone may cruise up and tell you “Crack Kills”