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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

This question and its answers list the names of bike parts and cycling concepts. Some Rules Make sure you only put one term per answer! Try to include an image if applicable Include sources that ...
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What is a “road” bike? Don't they all ride on a road?

Trying to learn about bicycles. I have heard the term "road" bike a lot. What is the difference between a "road" bike and a regular bike?
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What is the difference between a “single-speed bike” and a “fixed-gear” bike?

I would have thought that a single gear was the same as a fixed gear, but that does not seem the case. What am I missing? Can a fixed gear bike have more then one gear?
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Why the heck are cleated shoes called clipless?

Clipless shoes are the ones with cleats and clips on the pedal that the cleat clips into. So why in the world are the called clipless?
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What is guttering the peloton

Rider_X refers to "guttering the Peleton" in his answer to this question. What is "Guttering the peloton"?
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What is a kermesse race?

I heard about a local club holding a kermesse race, and I was wondering what exactly they were?
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What does “claiming the lane” mean?

If one is "claiming the lane" does that mean: a) they simply ride on the street (i.e. on the left side of the lane in the US, Germany, France, ..) or b) they are riding in the middle of the lane, ...
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Does the term “domestique” have negative connotations?

As far as I understand, the cycling term "domestique" (referring to a supporting member of a professional cycling team) comes from the French word for "servant". According to Wikipedia, it was first ...
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What is the purpose of the rubber stripe between the wheel and the air chamber?

I had a flat tire and replaced the air chamber. While doing that the rubber stripe that stands between the wheel and the air chamber ripped and it's no longer a ring. It´s hard to put it correctly and ...
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What are compact cranks?

In overheard in a post ride discussion this morning about wanting a set of compact cranks. My search on bicycles.se has only found this question with them in the title, but the answers don't mention ...
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Name for the thing attached to spokes to remove tires?

Some properties: it is good to have it plastic so it won't break the inner tire it is size is about 10cm*2cm*0.5cm at maximum, a small thing you will attach them to spokes so you can change tire you ...
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What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?

I was looking around a bit on YouTube and found a video for a footjam decade... which is pretty cool, in my opinion. However, in this video at 2:44 he rides the bike like a unicycle, straddling the ...
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In road racing, what are “rolling attacks”?

Rider_X referred to rolling attacks in an answer to this question. What are they?
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Dictionary of regional vocabulary differences (US vs UK)

Given that we appear to be about evenly divided between UK and US folks (and given that "Britain and the United States are two countries divided by a common language"), there should be a dictionary of ...
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What is the name of those Old Timey Bikes?

The bikes with a huge front wheel and small rear, with the cranks attached directly to the front wheel... What are they called? Additionally, it seems they need to be very tall in order for you to ...
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What does the term pannier really mean? Does how the bag is hung matter?

This question drew my attention to pannier here. I just thought that panniers are things that hung on bike. The Wikipedia definition with Google gives: A pannier is a basket, bag, box, or ...
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I'm a bit confused on bike shoe terminology. Particularly regarding Look KEO Plus Pedals - what is required to use them?

I'm a bit confused on terminology. Clipless pedals are the clip-in style pedals. Correct? Then the cleat are the shoes you wear? Or are cleats just bottom attachments for any cycling shoe? A used ...
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What is the technical name for this nut-bolt thing with inner hubs?

Its size is 2.2cm times 1.5cm. The width of axle is 0.92 cm (measured on the curved area, not probably the right way to measure) for axle in the hub Shimano Nexus SG 8R20 (12mm stop washer but cannot ...
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Decoding internal gear specs

I am looking at a bike which describes the gears as: 3 speed internal geared hub, 42t front and 16t rear gearing. What does the latter spec (42t/16t) describe?
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What is it called when you ride around on your back wheel?

What's it called when you pull a wheelie and hold it while you ride around on just the back wheel? I learned the term as a kid and I think it started with "c", but I could be wrong or the term could ...
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What's the difference between a Gran Fondo and an Étape?

I guess you can include Century in the list too. Are they all just long rides or are they races? Do they have to be for time, or just fun? Some seem to be for charity.
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On what basis are bikes categorised?

I am sick of hearing guys, categorising their MTB as per the money they put on to it. Is it really that much, or their is something more like stronger, more aerodynamically built. So far, I have found ...
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How do you connect and disconnect a quick release chain link?

I can't find any nice video or pictures tutorial that explains how to connect and disconnect a quick release chain link. Am I not finding anything because it has another more common name? How do you ...
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What does FSR stand for in mountain bikes?

What does FSR stand for in mountain bikes? Ref: http://www.bergwerk.ch/archives/3726/specialized-enduro-comp-2013/
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What are the things called that you attach a rack to?

I'm looking to purchase a bike for my commute to work and want a bike I can attach a back rack to. Looking around on-line it is very hard to figure out with which bikes this is possible. What is the ...
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I'm lost with all the names of bike parts flying around!

Ok so I've been riding bike since I was as young as I can remember. Now I'm 18 and I've been given a fixie. But I know nothing about bikes I've always just ridden them and brought them to a shop when ...