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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

I imagine the difference has to do with the relevant analogy from when bikes and automobiles first started. One "rides" a bike because it is very similar to what one does when one rides a ...
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What is an SUV bike?

This is a marketing term and means whatever the marketer wants it to mean.
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What is the origin of BSO - and is it internationally recognized?

In German, I have never heard anything similar. I think one reason is that everyday cycling is more common and many people have a cheap, battered bike to get to the railway station or the local shop, ...
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What is an SUV bike?

As pointed out by Adam, it's a "marketing" term and can be used the way the marketer wants. Some people in this group also consider that gravel bikes are the SUV of the bike world. The trend ...
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Who is actually responsible for the bicycle classification?

No one is "responsible" for it. It's basically community consensus. If a company releases a new category of bike - an "SUV" bike, for example - and customers pick up on the name ...
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What does 'tire clearance' mean?

Basically its the gap between the tyre and any non-wheel part of the bike frame. Static clearance is almost exactly the same as the clearances you have while riding, as long as the wheel axle ...
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What to call bike brake levers with two gripping points?

I was hesitating to flag this post as a duplicate of Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?, but the other post is rich in the names of those "dual-pull" brake levers which ...
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Who is actually responsible for the bicycle classification?

To a large extent, bikes are categorized by their intended use. If a bike is labeled as a "road-racing bike," it probably meets UCI rules for road-racing bikes and is well-suited to that ...
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Terminology: coaster brakes vs free wheel?

It doesn't make much sense to insist on one thing being the opposite of another, so let's just focus on what these things are, and you can decide for yourself what, if anything, is "opposite" of what. ...
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What are these parts of the frame called?

Those are cantilever or V-brake bosses. In cycling, a boss is a bump or protrusion. They are usually mounting points, and in this case the brake boss holds the post that your brake caliper is bolted ...
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What is this metal cage covering the rear derailleur?

It's known as a derailleur guard. It is designed to protect your derailleur against side impacts that may damage it. It's not a problem to remove it, i've never had one myself, nor do I know anyone ...
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Pass/route/thread a chain? (Terminology)

FWIW, Shimano, in their Dealers Manuals discussing the installation and set up of their rear derailleurs use the term, "pass(ing)." As in, "When passing the chain through the derailleur....
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What is this bottom bracket tool called?

That is a pin spanner. The photographs and product listing were made by someone who doesn't know about bikes. You never put it on sprocket or gear teeth. Also, to know the tool you're buying is useful ...
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What is the origin of BSO - and is it internationally recognized?

Just answering the first question, google says the first use was in January 2001 in the UK: They link to WhyCycle which refers to a page by TheCyclingExperts titled "The Bicycle Shaped Object." Since ...
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What is an SUV bike?

They look like E-bikes built along the lines of MTB (wide tires, schock absorbing fork, hydraulic disk brakes, frame also looks similar maybe slightly longer, MTB drivetrain and gear ratios) but most ...
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What are these cable "unions" called

Not sure if there is a tradition term for these. At the time of writing I found Some products simply called cable splitters or separators and Ritchey quick disconnectors
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Why do we say we "ride" and not "drive" bicycles?

This is an interesting question, but realistically better on English.SE than Bicycles.SE I suspect it is the difference between being enclosed vs seated on-top or astride the vehicle. You would ride ...
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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

Pump Peg A pump peg is a small protrusion on a bike frame which is intended to facilitate the mounting of a "frame pump". Depending on the style of the frame, the peg may be positioned to ...
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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

Welded Frame A frame made by melting the tubes it is built from at the joins, typically with a similar metal added as filler. For steel bikes, welding is more amenable to mass production than brazing ...
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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

Dropper Posts Dropper posts are more commonly found on mountain bikes and on some gravel bikes. They allow the rider to quickly lower their saddle height, and thus their center of gravity. This is ...
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What is the origin of BSO - and is it internationally recognized?

In Russia, the term for BSO is "ашанбайк" (ashan-bike). It's named after one big supermarket which primarily sells food, but also BSOs. There are a lot of places in Russia where it's possible to find ...
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Where does the name "B-Tension" come from?

The B-screw is for "Body screw", since it affects the body angle of the derailleur. B-Tension is Shimano's term for B-screw -- as Sheldon points out, on Campagnolo, the screw behaves the opposite of ...
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What is the technical name for the push-on type of wheels that are found on some bicycle trailers?

As various people have noted, wheelchair hub is the correct term for these one-sided, push-button release hubs. It goes without saying that this type of mechanism is now being widely used in cycle ...
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Shimano model number abbreviations

Shimano publishes archived Portable Document Format (PDF) documents on their website at: https://productinfo.shimano.com/#/archive For example, the 2019-2020 specification is at: https://productinfo....
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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

Brazed Frame see also lugged frame and welded frame A method of joining frame parts together by melting brass into the joins between frame tubes. Frames can be fillet brazed or use lugs, which are ...
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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

Bonk An expression used by cyclists to describe sudden fatigue or loss of energy while exercising. Also known as crashing, blowing up, or running out of steam/gas/fuel, or empty tank. The phenomenon ...
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Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts

Thru Axles / Through Axles Through axles (TAs) are large-diameter threaded fasteners that secure the bike's wheels to the frame and fork, serving the same role as Quick Release Skewers. They ...
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What does 'tire clearance' mean?

Tire clearance is measured with respect to something(s) (by default, the frame in the rear and the fork in the front and the brakes if there are rim brakes; if anything between the frame/fork/brakes ...
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What is the origin of BSO - and is it internationally recognized?

In Poland "BSO" term is not widely recognized, nor used. This site is the very first place I've encountered it. I guess in non-english speaking world the situation is similar. If one will translate ...
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Why do we sit on saddles that rest on seatposts? (and not on seats that rest on saddleposts)

Like most things in English language, established convention. According to Google N-grams, "saddle post" along with "seat post" was used until 1950s, after which "seat post" became dominant.
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