It’s glossary time

The manuscript for Mastering Mountain Bike Skills v2 is back from the copy editor. I made a few small tweaks, and now I’m working on the glossary. That was one criticism of the first edition: no glossary.

So: Which terms should I include?

“Braaap” is already in there.

35 replies
  1. Rob says:

    I honestly had no idea what 4X meant for quite some time. Why is this a 4X bike? Oh, you mean four cross? That makes more sense…

  2. D Clap says:


    dirt flying in the air caused by raw speed, drifting, and pining it. all skills transfered to dirt by the tire which with enough force will cause the dirt to be kicked into the air forming a rooster tail like appendage of speed. some people are scared of this roost, which can be remedied by a roost guard. many two wheeled movies are chalk full of roost especially when sam hill is present

  3. Tyler says:

    How about ‘pump’? My wife gives me funny looks when I say I’m going to work on my pump technique. Can’t wait to see Mark-2 of MMBS!

  4. Linda says:

    You probably have to keep it pretty basic – since everyone can pick up the book. How about: attack position, to bail out, clipless, a “dialed in” bike, to hammer, manual, to surf…

  5. Joss Dewaele says:

    +1 for sag, although I don’t really know about damper. Since most beginners don’t really understand the importance of suspension set-up, I think it is vital to have the basics of suspension in the glossary. Sag, compression, rebound. Going into the finer workings of suspension might be reaching beyond a skills book.

  6. leelikesbikes says:

    There’s a whole chapter on pump. Heck, pump now infuses the whole book.

    Compression and rebound damping are in there. Should definitely add sag.

    Endo should be added.

    Chain suck is good too.

    Roost = yes!

  7. Jeff says:

    Hmmm, how about some words that describe terrain:

    tranny, hip (as in hip jumps), step-up, step-down, skinny, lip, chunder, booter,


  8. Tjaard says:

    How about the bike parts: many people confuse wheel, tire rim and hub.

    Set-back (as in seat post), sweep (of handle bar), (fork) offset, Through-Axle, Quick Release, Master cylinder, rotor, bolt-on grips, chain guide, bashguard.

    Shuttle (to the top)

  9. bradley says:

    Soul rider – one whose every ride is not centered around getting faster, but rides to improve himself both physically and mentally.

  10. Dan T. says:

    What about all of terms for falling: OTB, auger, stacking it, packing it in, casing, 50/50, rag dolling, etc.

  11. Colin says:

    Simple suggestion – do a spell check and everything not in the standard dictionary (and not a brand name) you could consider putting in the glossary. Not foolproof but a good start.

  12. Daniel says:

    How about “sending it”, “locked up”, “whip”, “stoppie/nose manual”, “flow/flowy”, “stack height”. One that I see popping up more often from Mr. Spomer, “shralping/shralper”. “tire casing and sidewall”. They just keep coming so I think I will stop there. Especially since it sounds like its too late to make changes anyway. Looking forward to the new book.

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