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Some Vancruisers Terminology

by Bryn — last modified May 04, 2011 04:15 PM

I was realizing the other day when trying to tell someone where we were going that we have some language all our own... Here's a few!

  • Frogger: Riding out in to traffic without looking, especially dangerous when you have a group behind as people often just follow whoever is in front.  Can also be applied to trying to cross a busy street.
  • Bike Salmon: People riding the wrong way around the SeaWall, in particular when it is busy out.  Usually yelled out at high volume - 'BIKE SALMON!!' when you see someone riding the wrong way towards the group.
  • Yard Sale: When someone falls off their bike and the contents of their bag/coat/whatever dump all over the ground.  'Frankie bailed and had a Yard Sale'
  • Taking a Nap: Falling off your bike into something soft (like a bush), and then not immediately being able to get up.  Usually hilarious.
  • Mechanical: Someone's bike is broken and can't be ridden.  Yell "MECHANICAL!" to get everyone to hold up.
  • J-Skid: Doing a long screeching skid purely for entertainment.  Very bad for your bike!

  • Siwash: Pullout just past Siwash Rock in Stanley Park.  Usually nice and warm after dark as the rocks pull in heat all day.
  • Reverse Beaver: Riding to Beaver Lake usually from Siwash or Third Beach.  Generally done late at night when the SeaWall is empty as you're riding the wrong way (being a bike salmon).  "Yeah so we hung out at the beach till late last night then did a Reverse Beaver!"
  • Forward Beaver: Opposite of a Reverse Beaver.
  • Up And Over: Riding the path from Beaver Lake over the Pedestrian/Equestrian bridge and then down towards the Tea House.  "Yeah, we did a Reverse Beaver then an Up and Over and hit the beach!"
  • Logan's Run: Area of the SeaWall just after Lion's Gate Bridge by the small lighthouse.  Paved with bricks, narrow and directly below a lot of sea bird nests, this area gets super slippery.  A rider went down hard here one night bending his fork over sideways, and shedding some blood.
  • Inside Passage: Riding the North side of False Creek.  Usually as an alternative to riding via Crab Park / Coal Harbor.  "We rode the inside passage back from the park!"
  • Crab: The pier at Crab Park, frequent meeting spot.
  • Roundabout: Used to be our official Friday meeting spot, still a frequent stopping spot.  Between Lost Lagoon and the Rowing Club.
  • The Heron: Large Heron sculpture just East of the Granville Bridge, along the North side of False Creek (Inside Passage).  Occasional stopping / meeting spot.
  • Strathcona Oval: Circular track on the Southeast side of Strathcona Park.
  • Fashion District: Railway street between Gore and Princess.  Usual route with a group when leaving Crab heading towards Strathcona.
  • Boot Hill: Park at the top of the hill just West of Leg-In-Boot Square, South side of False Creek.  Occasional stopping spot.
  • Rocky Point: Cluster of woods to the West of the Casino right on the waterfront.  Occasional stopping spot.
  • The Park: Stanley Park.  Duh.
  • Legoland: Waterfront by the new community center on the South side of False Creek, just past Science World.  Large granite blocks there made someone think of Lego.
  • VO: "Vintage Original" but can mean "Virtually Original" or a few other things... A bike that appears to be stock with no modifications.
  • Rat Rod: Exact opposite of VO, everything is modified, usually not the most "beautiful" bike but designed for function over form.  Mismatched parts are common.
  • Megaray: Start with a Collegiate or other lightweight, throw on a banana seat, sissy bar and apes, you get a Megaray.  Favorite bike of the Beligerantes in Portland.
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