Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

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Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby Comedian » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:47 am

I thought it would be fun to do up a dictionary of aussie commuter slang. Post em up if you have some!

This was inspired by the Bike Hacks Commuter Dictionary. :)

http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2010/03/dictionary-of-bike-commuter-slang.html

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby Max » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:34 pm

Some of those are absolute classics! Is it wrong that when I read the definition of "Breeder", I immediately thought of you? :oops:

I was just thinking of the Frogger commuter type just the other day. Now I see that someone else has beat me to it! So I have nothing to add. Thanks for the link :)

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby Quinns Rocks Roadie » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:40 pm

Bogan - (insert definition here)
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Postby trailgumby » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:41 pm

The clip of the hamster was hilarious. :lol:
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby rkelsen » Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:26 pm

I think I've seen 'em all at some point, but the ones I see daily are:

Reflecto Man,
The Sherpa, and
Izzy Mandelbaum.

That picture of the Hoff is disturbing. It put me off my coffee.

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby sturmey archer » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:11 pm

OK I'll Play..

The Overall

Seen in the vicinity of industrial areas riding either a mountain bike or 70's 3 or ten speed - and
of course wearing overalls and that most appropriate of cycling footwear - Safety boots.
These guys are cyclists in the Dutch tradition - cycling as utilitarian transport. There are two
sub-species -
1 The apprentice, normally less than 20 years old, on a mountain bike or maybe a BMX , and
2 The old codger, normally riding a classic steel 1 3 or 10 speed that is at least 30 years old.

These guys are the kings of commuters. They ride to get to work. They don't care about carbon fibre, STI shifters and
aero spokes ( and in many cases, oil). The likelihood of them reading a bike fourum is zero, but regardless -
Overalls of the work I salute you!
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Postby HappyHumber » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:31 pm

sturmey archer wrote:These guys are the kings of commuters. They ride to get to work. They don't care about carbon fibre, STI shifters and
aero spokes ( and in many cases, oil).

Some are pretty awkward at it, on their cheapie MTBs as well - I suspect a number of them have merely lost their licence (or don't have it yet to to lose, like the young apprentices) and are doing it under duress rather than any utilitarian nobility.
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby CommuRider » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:33 pm

HappyHumber wrote: I suspect a number of them have merely lost their licence (or don't have it yet to to lose, like the young apprentices) and are doing it under duress rather than any utilitarian nobility.


Ah. That explains some of the grumpier cyclists I see. No cycling nod from them.
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby il padrone » Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:16 pm

sturmey archer wrote:OK I'll Play..

The Overall

Seen in the vicinity of industrial areas riding either a mountain bike or 70's 3 or ten speed - and
of course wearing overalls and that most appropriate of cycling footwear - Safety boots.

In the good ol' days they used to ride this bike

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby trailgumby » Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:29 pm

Yep, I'e seen a few on that exact bike. Usually quite grumpy, and wearing overalls. I'd be grumpy too if I had to climb hills on a singlespeed in overalls.
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby Comedian » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:56 pm

Max wrote:Some of those are absolute classics! Is it wrong that when I read the definition of "Breeder", I immediately thought of you? :oops:

Max


LOL. And I've only got two kids.

My favourite is Bike Salmon. :)

I'll contribute one...

Loser Flyby : This is where someone who has been vanquished in a commuter race attempts to claim victory by flying by the victor closely and or quickly when they turn off to go their separate way.

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Postby simonn » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:17 am

Comedian wrote:My favourite is Bike Salmon. :)


And Beautiful Godzilla.

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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:23 am

Quinns Rocks Roadie wrote:Bogan - (insert definition here)


Generally Bogans particpate in act ivies based on the burning of fossil fuel
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby ft_critical » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:26 am

The Super Nova: The clown who rides on a narrow Multi-use Path with dual 240,000 lumens handlebar mounted retina erasing lights, one helmet mounted 4,000,000 lumens death star beacon, and 15 epilepsy inducing red disco strobe lights on the seat post.

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Postby Comedian » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:40 am

ft_critical wrote:The Super Nova: The clown who rides on a narrow Multi-use Path with dual 240,000 lumens handlebar mounted retina erasing lights, one helmet mounted 4,000,000 lumens death star beacon, and 15 epilepsy inducing red disco strobe lights on the seat post.


Excellent! :D

Can I just add the following....

Bikepath Ninja : These are typically ladies who walk the bike paths on dark, wet rainy nights, dressed in full length black leotards, black shoes, black shirt, and black hat. Frequently they are walking black dogs, on a black leash, thereby occupying the entire bikepath. Due to the way they blend into the murk completely they are not visible (except maybe to supernovas) until the last minute - if at all. :evil:

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby CommuRider » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:27 am

ft_critical wrote:The Super Nova: The clown who rides on a narrow Multi-use Path with dual 240,000 lumens handlebar mounted retina erasing lights, one helmet mounted 4,000,000 lumens death star beacon, and 15 epilepsy inducing red disco strobe lights on the seat post.


LOL. I just *need* those rear strobe lights.
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Postby Comedian » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:13 pm

Look I'm going to link this up. It's quite a comprehensive rodie slang dictionary. Some of them I think are fantastic. Some pretty obscure.

http://members.tripod.com:80/geert_pc/slang.htm

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby trailgumby » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:20 pm

Comedian wrote:
ft_critical wrote:The Super Nova: The clown who rides on a narrow Multi-use Path with dual 240,000 lumens handlebar mounted retina erasing lights, one helmet mounted 4,000,000 lumens death star beacon, and 15 epilepsy inducing red disco strobe lights on the seat post.


Excellent! :D

Can I just add the following....

Bikepath Ninja : These are typically ladies who walk the bike paths on dark, wet rainy nights, dressed in full length black leotards, black shoes, black shirt, and black hat. Frequently they are walking black dogs, on a black leash, thereby occupying the entire bikepath. Due to the way they blend into the murk completely they are not visible (except maybe to supernovas) until the last minute - if at all. :evil:

That's why, come winter, I transform into Supernova. Sydney Olympic Park after dark = Bikepath Ninja Central. Without the possum zappers I'd have rear-ended about a dozen of them a week.
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby simonn » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:22 am

Thought of this on the way to work...

The Yo-yo

Usually a new-ish rider competing cat 6 and/or in the TdC over rolling hill kind-of terrain. Tailgates downhill (probably thinking they are drafting?), starts dropping back on the flat-ish bit then properly drops back going up hill, catches up on the down hill again rinse repeat. Might make a weird attempt at overtaking around blind corners etc.

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby queequeg » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:47 am

Comedian wrote:
ft_critical wrote:The Super Nova: The clown who rides on a narrow Multi-use Path with dual 240,000 lumens handlebar mounted retina erasing lights, one helmet mounted 4,000,000 lumens death star beacon, and 15 epilepsy inducing red disco strobe lights on the seat post.


Excellent! :D

Can I just add the following....

Bikepath Ninja : These are typically ladies who walk the bike paths on dark, wet rainy nights, dressed in full length black leotards, black shoes, black shirt, and black hat. Frequently they are walking black dogs, on a black leash, thereby occupying the entire bikepath. Due to the way they blend into the murk completely they are not visible (except maybe to supernovas) until the last minute - if at all. :evil:


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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby il padrone » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:52 pm

simonn wrote:Thought of this on the way to work...

The Yo-yo

Usually a new-ish rider competing cat 6 and/or in the TdC over rolling hill kind-of terrain. Tailgates downhill (probably thinking they are drafting?), starts dropping back on the flat-ish bit then properly drops back going up hill, catches up on the down hill again rinse repeat.

If he catches you on the downhill you're not going hard enough :P

Hillclimbs are the great circuit-breaker, letting you drop any drafters.
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Postby fatherofmany » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:13 pm

The Pogo - named after the pogo stick this is the rider whose choice of bike is a cheap dual suspension mtb with all of the bouncing benefits of cheap non-lock suspension.

The MAMIL - typically men in their 40's who are carrying a few extra kilos and, while it is appropriate cycling attire, probably shouldn't be seen in it, ie lycra. It stands for Middle Aged Man In Lycra

The Magda - as above but the female version
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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby Fletcher » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:27 am

Supernova is superb. Nice work.

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby simonn » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:33 pm

il padrone wrote:If he catches you on the downhill you're not going hard enough :P


I know. I'm just riding to work and have a 200km brevet this weekend so want to save my legs! :P

il padrone wrote:letting you drop any drafters.


If only. Being a FUB (fat unfit [email protected]@rd) I only manage to drop some.

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Re: Aussie Dictionary of Commuter Slang

Postby orbeas » Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:11 pm

Quinns Rocks Roadie wrote:Bogan - (insert definition here)

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