Kyle Garcia from Ohio is one of many students who frequently write in asking us for help with a school project. However, he is one of the few who actually follow through and show us the finished product. So thanks to Kyle for sharing (and allowing us to share) his BMXionary, a comprehensive guide to the slang and lingo we all use on a daily basis that confuses the hell out of our parents.
BMXionary – By Kyle Garcia
As BMX has evolved over the years, it has developed out of necessity various words that are unique to its operation and its participants. Due to this, however, and due to the interaction of numerous participants of the sport, even more vocabulary evolved that wasn't wholly necessary to the functioning of BMX, but became specific to it, nonetheless. This is an attempt to provide the common outsider with a general overview of that vocabulary. While it is by no means a comprehensive list, it is still fairly expansive, although some things were intentionally omitted. The focus of this lexicon was more on the words used by BMX participants to define themselves and their sport, and almost wholly excludes names of BMX riders or tricks. Due to the complicated nature and sheer expanse of tricks to perform, to name and define them would be a dictionary all its own, and not particularly necessary for this dictionary. The tricks that were included were chosen as staples from the various categories available to be used as demonstrations. Due to the fairly young nature of BMX, all of the words included in this lexicon are fairly young, the oldest dating back to the mid-seventies at best. Most are much more recent, however, and still in popular use within the BMX community today.
Due to some software issues, the author has had to use a few uncommon or non-standard IPA forms in his phonetic spellings of the words. These include the use of [c] to represent the back-mid vowel commonly represented by a mirror image of the same symbol, found in such words as strong or paw, as well as the inversion of the karat above [?]. Also, [ay] has been used for aesthetic purposes where [aI] is sometimes used to represent the sound in words such as my and smile. Besides this, all IPA should be well-accepted forms, if not the standard.
The definitions themselves were written in this manner: the word itself in bold, followed by the part of speech in parenthesis, phonetic spelling, the definition, the word used in a sentence surrounded by quotes, and finally any related words. In the event of multiple definitions, the definitions have been numbered and written in a manner so as to stand alone within the definition, although only spelled phonetically once. These words generally differ only in part of speech, therefore it was not necessary to write the word in IPA more than once. The quotations have been created not only for demonstrative purposes, but intentionally involve other BMX terms defined throughout the document, in a way specifically designed to aid in the clarification of the words in question and integration of all words into a familiar lexicon.
I received help from several primary sources for this dictionary, including advice from individuals on what subjects to cover as well as definitions themselves. In this area, I would like to thank all the people who responded timely to my inquiries, including Matt Antes from Kink Bike Co. and especially the un-named Customer Service respondent from Dan's Compeition. I would also like to thank Dan's Competition mail-order catalogue for the amazing service they provide and the incredible speed and helpfulness of their customer service department. I would also like to send a special thank you out to Ride BMX magazine, not only for their timely response to my queries, but for their magazine itself, which has been a life-saver throughout cold winters for years and an invaluable primary source in writing this dictionary. Lastly, I would like to thank all the BMX riders around the world who stay true to their sport, especially the ones whom have affected me personally throughout my experience as a BMX enthusiast, most of all my friends and fellow shredders from way back when, Gilmer, Chris, and Kev.
4130 (n) – [forti w?n ??rti] – refers to 4130 Chromoly, a metal alloy used abundantly in the production of BMX bicycles and parts. 4130 refers to the American Iron and Steel Institute's code defining the composition of the alloy, the 41 specifically denotes a low alloy steel including Chromium and Molybdenum, which is where the name Chromoly comes from. "This frame looks nice, but I don't think it's 4130." [see also: Chromo, Chromoly]
20's (n) – [tw?ntiz] – twenty-inch bicycle wheels, the most common size wheel for BMX bicycles. "I would go riding, but my 20's really need truing." [see also: dubs]
ABA (n) – [e bi e] – Acronym for American Bicycle Association, the major BMX racing association in the United States. "Is that an ABA track or something local?"
Alligator Pit (n) – [ælIget?r pIt] – a very difficult gap that could pose a serious threat to the rider if not done properly. "You're really going to try and jump that ridiculous alligator pit?" [see also: gap]
All-over (adj) – [al ov?r] – in poor condition, odd. "That guy's grinds are all-over the place."
Air Trick (n) – [er trIk] – a trick performed by contorting one’s body or bicycle while in the air. “He grinds pretty well, but he doesn’t have many air tricks.” [see also: trick, barspin, can-can]
Bank (n) – [bænk] – a sloping hill, generally of grass or cement, that can be used to aid in the performance of tricks. "We found a nice bank to tailwhip off of."
Bank-to-wall (n) – [bænk tu wal] – a sloping hill leading into a vertical or near-vertical wall, possibly with a gap between the top of the slope and the bottom of the wall. "I found a nice bank-to-wall setup in an alley
yesterday." [see also: bank]
Bars (n) – [barz] – an abbreviation of handlebars. "My bars are too wide, do you have a hacksaw?"
Barspin (n) – [barspIn] – a trick consisting of throwing the handlebars in a complete rotation. "I always throw my barspins too hard."
Biff (v) – [bIf] – to crash, mess up. "I totally biffed that gap."
Biker (n) – [bayk?r] – a motorcycle rider or motorcycle enthusiast. NOT an acceptable term to use in place of rider. "Did you see that biker with his motorcycle?" [see also: rider]
Blow (v) – [blo] – to lose one's footing on the pedals after landing. "If you don't absorb the shock with your legs you'll blow right off the pedals." [see also: clean]
BMX – [bi ?m ?ks] – acronym for Bicycle Motocross, meaning 1. (n) downhill bicycle racing on dirt tracks (sometimes referred to as BMX racing). "Have you been to the BMX track lately?" 2. (n) the use of a bicycle to
perform intricate maneuvers over jumps or other obstacles (sometimes referred to as Freestyle BMX, or simply Freestyle). "Oh, I didn't know you rode BMX, can you do any cool tricks?" [see also: Freestyle] 3. (n) the type of bicycle used in any form of BMX activity. "My girlfriend asked me to give up my BMX and now I'm single."
Box (n) – [bcks] – a generic name for numerous types of ramps. "You should try doing that trick on the box." [see also: grind(3), jump(2), sub]
Bunnyhop [b?nihap] – 1. (n) riding along and lifting both wheels off the ground, the starting point for almost all BMX tricks. "My bunnyhops haven't been very good since I broke my wrist." 2. (v) the act of performing a bunnyhop. "Do you think you can bunnyhop up those stairs?"
Burly – [b?rli] – 1. (adj) ridiculous or incredible in the sense of distance or strength required. "That was such a burly grind." 2. (adj) one who often performs burly tricks. "Joe Kawalski is such a burly rider."
Butcher – [b???r] – 1. (n) a rider who is constantly breaking parts of their bicycle. "Did Joe just break another wheel? That guy is such a butcher." 2. (n) a nickname referring to Joe Kawalski.
Camp Woodward (n) – [kæmp w?dw?rd] – a well known and respected summer camp specifically for riders. The camp contains numerous indoor and outdoor parks, dirt jumps, and various other obstacles for the campers to enjoy. "I'm saving up so I can go to Camp Woodward this summer."
Can-can (n) – [kænkæn] – a trick consisting of taking one foot off its pedal, kicking that leg over the top tube, then replacing it on its pedal while in the air. "His can-can's are amazing."
Case (v) – [kes] – to land short on a jump, hitting the front of the landing with the bike's back tire and jarring the rider. "I really cased the landing on that last double." [see also: clean]
Chain – [?ayn] – 1. (n) the part of a bicycle which runs around the sprocket and freewheel. "I broke my chain last night and need to get a new one before I can ride." 2. (n) the stays running from the dropouts to the bottom of the seat tube. "My back peg keeps slipping off during feeble grinds and my chain stays are getting messed up." [see also: frame, seat(4)]
Chainwheel (n) – [?aynwil] – the circular cog on a bicycle that is driven by pedaling and transfers the motion via the chainwheel and the freewheel to the rear axle. "My chainwheel is missing a tooth, so my bike isn't pedaling properly." [see also: sprocket]
Channel (n) – [?æn?l] – a section of a quarter-pipe at a different level than the rest, usually due to a roll-in or walkway through the transition itself. "He transferred over the entire channel like it was nothing." [see also: roll-in]
Chenga World (n) – [??nga w?rld] – one of the first bike parks in the USA, it was located in North Ridgeville, OH until it shut down in 2007 due to money problems. "We should definitely go to Chenga World tonight."
Chromo (n) – [kromo] – refers to 4130 Chromoly, a metal alloy used abundantly in the manufacture of BMX bicycles and parts. Comes from the primary metal elements of the alloy, Chromium and Molybdenum. "Those are some nice wheels, are they aluminum or chromo?" [see also: 4130, Chromoly].
Chromoly (n) – refers to 4130 Chromoly, a metal alloy used abundantly in the manufacture of BMX bicycles and parts. The name itself comes from the primary metal elements in the alloy, Chromium and Molybdenum. "I just bought some nice chromoly pedals." [see also: Chromo, 4130]
Clean (adj) – [klin] – to land smoothly, perfectly, or without incident. "He had a really clean landing on the last jump." [see also: case, blow off]
Coping (n) – [kopI?] – metal piping inset on the top corner of ramps to increase their durability and make grinding easier. "The coping on the grind box is kind of gnarly."
Crooked (n) – [kr?k?d] – a grind consisting of balancing on opposite pegs, such as the front left and back right or vise versa. "I keep missing my front peg when I try crooked grinds, and now my down tube is dented."
Dan's Competition (n) – [dænz campItIš?n] – a well known mail-order catalogue for anything BMX related, including bike parts, apparel, pads, and videos.
Dead Sailor (n) – [d?d sayl?r] – a jump that goes wrong where the rider goes stiff and lands without performing a trick. "He hit the lip wrong and just did a dead sailor on the last jump."
Deck (n) – [d?k] – the top of a ramp where there is room to stand. "There is someone standing on the deck of the quarter-pipe." [see also: squatter]
Dialed (adj) – [dayld] – consistent, perfect. "He has really dialed tailwhips."
Dirt (n) – [dIrt] – BMX riding on jumps formed from packed dirt, usually including rollers, berms, and doubles. "I think I'm going to start riding more dirt." [see also: trails]
Disaster – [dIzæst?r] – 1. (n) a stall consisting of placing a rail, ledge, or lip perpendicular to the bicycle between the chainwheel and rear tire. "I've been working on my disasters, but I keep breaking my chain." 2. (v) the act of performing a disaster. "If you try and disaster that guard rail you might end up flipping OTB."
Double-peg – [d?b?l p?g] – 1. (n) a grind or stall consisting of balancing on both pegs on the same side of the bicycle. "I just learned double-peg grinds yesterday." 2. (v) the act of performing a double-peg grind or stall. "I tried to double-peg the sub box yesterday."
Doubles (n) – [d?b?lz] – a form of ramp consisting of a separate launch and landing with a gap Down (n) – [da?n] – the tube of a frame running diagonally from the bottom of the seat tube to the bottom of the head tube. "I think I dented my down tube when I missed that crooked grind." [see also: frame]
Drivetrain (n) – [drayv trayn] – the assembly unit on a bicycle consisting of the chainwheel, chain, and freewheel. "I think I need a whole new drivetrain after riding so much this weekend." [see also: chainwheel, sprocket, freewheel]
Dropouts (n) – [drcpa?ts] – the cut-out parts of the frame and fork where the axles sit. "My back dropouts are getting pretty gnarly from missing so many grinds." [see also: frame]
in between. "Those doubles are huge!" [see also: launch and landing]
Dubs (n) – [d?bz] – twenty-inch bicycle wheels, the most common size wheel for BMX bicycles. Adapted from the name of twenty-inch car wheels. "I scratched up my dubs really bad on that landing." [see also: 20's]
Eat (v) – [it] – to crash hard or fail miserably. "You really ate it on that last jump."
Feeble – [fib?l] – 1. (n) a grind or stall consisting of balancing on the bicycle's back peg and front wheel. "My back peg always slides off the ledge when I try feeble grinds." 2. (v) the act of performing a feeble grind or stall. "I don't know if I can feeble a handrail."
Flat – [flæt] – 1. (n) a punctured or torn tire that can no longer hold air, a rider's worst nightmare. "I got a flat doing that last gap." 2. (n) jumping to flat ground, as opposed to a using a landing of some sort. "I want to try and jump the stairs to flat."
Flatland (n) – [flætlænd] – BMX riding on flat ground, including various balancing and spinning techniques while standing in awkward positions on various parts of the bike, including the pegs, handlebars, and seat. “Most of the best flatland riders live in Tokyo.”
Flip – [flIp] – 1. (v) being thrown off one's bicycle, over the handlebars, and into the ground. "After my brakes locked up I flipped the bars and chipped my tooth." 2. (v) rotating on a bicycle either backwards or forwards in mid-air. "Did you see him flip over the jump box?"
Flow (n) – [flo] – the ease with which a rider transitions from one ramp or obstacle to the next. "That rider's tricks were pretty tweaked, but he had terrible flow."
Foam (n) – [fom pIt] – a large pit filled with foam blocks and a ramp leading up to it, the object being to jump off the ramp and into the pit, making it possible to attempt tricks that the rider is not comfortable trying on a hard ramp. The use of foam pits is a very heated issue in BMX: some people see it as giving riders the courage to perform tricks that would otherwise be too dangerous, and others view it as undermining the raw excitement and adrenaline most riders pursue in BMX. “I did a backflip into the foam pit the other day.” [see also: resi]
Frame (n) – [frem] – the main part of a the bicycle, on which all the smaller parts are attached. Consists of a top tube, down tube, seat stays, chain stays, seat tube, and head tube. "My new frame only weighs 3lbs." [see also: top, down, seat(2), seat(4), head, chain(2 , dropouts]
Freestyle (n) – [fristayl] – the form of BMX consisting of intricate maneuvers over jumps and other obstacles. "I've been riding freestyle for about six years now." [see also: BMX]
Freewheel (n) – [friwil] – the circular cog on a bicycle that allows the chain to transfer motion from the chainwheel to the axle. "My freewheel keeps getting clogged with dirt and it's freezing up my chain."
Fruit-Booter (n) – [frut but?r] – a derogatory term used for rollerbladers. "Some stupid fruit-booter snaked me on that last run."
Gap (n) – [gæp] – 1. (n) an area to be jumped over on a bicycle, often in combination with other tricks. "There's a nice gap between the ledge and the stair set." 2. (v) the act of jumping over a gap. "Do you think you can gap that ditch?" [see also: Alligator Pit]
Gnar (n) – [nar] – anything disgusting or abhorrent. Originated from the term gnarly and sometimes used as a prefix. "There's some sort of gnar all over my bike." "My car is a total gnar-mobile."
Goofy-footed (n) – [gufi f?t?d] – having the tendency to spin towards the direction of your forward foot. A goofy-footed rider who feels comfortable with their left foot forward spins to the left. "That kid does crazy spins, even though he's goofy-footed."
Grind – [graynd] – 1. (n) a trick performed by placing a part or combination of parts of the bicycle, such as the pegs, chainwheel, or pedals, on an obstacle and sliding along it. “I still want to learn feeble grinds.” 2. (v) the act of performing a grind. “I’ve been trying to grind that ledge for hours.” [see also: trick, icepick, feeble, double-peg] 3. (n) a type of box designed for grinding. "Try to feeble the grind box."
Half-cab (n) – [hæf cæb] – a jumping 180-degree turn while rolling backwards, named after the caballero, a trick in skateboarding consisting of a 360-degree rotation while rolling backwards. "Instead of doing a rollback, he decided to half-cab out of his trick." [see also: rollback]
Half-pipe (n) – [hæf payp] – a ramp resembling a half cross-section of a complete cylinder, consisting of two quarter-pipes facing each other. "I could just go back and forth across a half-pipe for hours." [see also: quarter-pipe, miniramp]
Handrail (n) – [hændrel] – refers to any hand-rail going down stairs or a slope, which are used for grinds. "When was the last time you feebled a handrail?" [see also: rail]
Head (n) – [h?d] – the tube connecting the top and down tubes that houses the headset. "I let my headset get too loose and bent my head tube." [see also: headset, frame]
Headset (n) – [h?ds?t] – the bearings and housing that allows for free and easy movement of the handlebars and front wheel. "I just bought a new headset, and now my barspins are amazing!"
Hip (n) – [hIp] – two perpendicular sloping hills that share a corner, often times used as a jump by transferring from one slope to the other. "You should try jumping that hip."
Huck (v) – [h?k] – to throw oneself haphazardly into a trick or maneuver. "I don't even care anymore, I'm just going to huck it and hope for the best." [see also: hucker]
Hucker (n) – [h?k?r] – one who hucks often. "Joe may be a hucker, but he still does some nice tricks." [see also: huck]
Icepick – [ayspIk] – 1. a grind or stall consisting of balancing on only one rear peg. "Every time I try icepicks the front of my bike drops and I end up doing a double-peg." 2. (v) the act of performing an icepick grind or stall. "I'm going to icepick the top of the fence today."
Jump – [??mp] – 1. (n) any ramp designed to propel bicycle and rider into the air. "Try and do a trick off that jump." 2. (n) a jump made of a launch and landing connected by a flat deck. "I don't really like the box jump here." 3. (v) launching off of a ramp of some sort with the intent of doing a trick. "His last jump was the best of his run."
Kill (v) – [kIl] – to do particularly well on. "I killed the quarter-pipe all day today."
Landing (n) – [lændI?] – an inclined obstacle used to prevent riders from breaking their ankles upon hitting the ground. "That steep bank would make a great landing."
Launch (n) – [lcn?] – an obstacle used to propel a rider through the air. "If you use the curb as a launch you can probably make it over the fire hydrant."
Ledge (n) – [l??] – a short wall used to perform BMX tricks. "You should try and feeble the ledge next to that stair set."
Lip – [lIp] – 1. (n) the very top of the transition on a ramp, just before the coping. "You have to pull up on the bars just as you hit the lip." 2. (n) any trick done on the lip of a ramp. “He’s really good at doing lip tricks on quarter-pipes.” [see also: trick]
Miniramp (n) – [mIniræmp] – a small half-pipe, usually no more than four feet tall. "I just built a miniramp in my backyard."
Mission (n) – [mIš?n] – street riding at night, usually to avoid confrontations with security guards at locations that cannot be ridden during the day. "Are we going on a night mission to grind that handrail tonight?" [see also: street]
Mulisha (n) – [m?lIš?] – The Metal Mulisha, a pro motocross team, widely accepted within the BMX community as the lowest form of life on planet Earth. Often used as an insult. "That's a nice headband, you should join the Metal Mulisha." [see: ogre]
Ogre (n) – [og?r] – an annoying, ignorant individual, most commonly with an image to uphold and an IQ lower than their shoe size. "I think that ogre in the leather jacket wants to fight me or something." [see also: Mulisha]
Opposite (adj) – [ap?zIt] – spinning or doing a trick the opposite direction you are comfortable with. "He did a tailwhip on the first jump and an opposite tailwhip on the second."
OTB (adj) – [o ti bi] – acronym for Over The Bars. "He hit hard and flipped OTB." [see also: over, flip(1)]
Over (adj) – [ov?r] – being thrown off one's bicycle, over the handlebars, and into the ground. "Ouch, did you see him just flip over the bars?" [see also: OTB, flip(1)]
Park (n) – [park] – BMX riding on a series of wooden or cement ramps designed specifically for BMX bicycles or skateboards. Derived from the term skate park. “I think Chad Degroot is more of a park rider.” [see also: skate park, bike park]
Peg (n) – [p?g] – a metal cylinder placed over the axle nuts and used to perform grinds, stalls, and stand on during flatland maneuvers. "I think my back right peg is coming loose."
Poser (n) – [poz?r] – one who is in the sport for the wrong reasons, most commonly fashion, fad, or image. "He may have a nice bike, but he can't even bunnyhop: what a poser."
Props – [praps] – 1. (n) congratulations, praise. "I have to give him props for that last trick." 2. (n) a popular video magazine. "I can't wait for the new issue of Props to come out."
Pull (v) – [p?l] – to successfully complete, as in a trick or a gap. "He pulled that fufanu clean."
Quarter-pipe (n) – [kort?r payp] – a ramp resembling a quarter cross-section of a complete cylinder, consisting of a transition, lip, deck, and coping. "I love sessioning quarter-pipes." [see also: half-pipe, miniramp]
Rad – [ræd] – 1. (n) the name of a BMX movie from the 1980's revered to this day in BMX culture. "I watched Rad last night and now I want to ride my bike." 2. (adj/adv) cool, awesome. This term is somewhat archaic, but still used for humor value. "Those pedals are so rad."
Rail (n) – [rel] – a metal pipe used for grinds. "I really want to double-peg that rail." [see also: handrail]
Ramp (n) – [ræmp] – an obstacle made of cement, wood, or dirt and used to perform BMX tricks. "We have a couple of ramps in my back yard." [see also: miniramp, quarter-pipe, half-pipe, vert, box]
Resi (n) – [r?zi] – a semi-soft rubber matting put down on ramps for padding while trying particularly dangerous or intricate tricks. The use of resi is a very heated issue in BMX: some people see it as giving riders the courage to perform tricks that would otherwise be too dangerous, and others view it as undermining the raw excitement and adrenaline most riders pursue in BMX. “I’ve only done a couple of tailwhips on resi, and I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with them yet.” [see also: foam pit]
Rhythm (n) – [rIð?m] – a section of jumps spaced close together and intended to be ridden one after the other. "The rhythm section has two doubles, a box jump, and a hip."
Rider (n) – [rayd?r] – tne who participates in BMX. "That guy is a really strong rider."
Riding (v) – [raydI?] – the act of performing on a BMX bicycle. "I can't wait to go riding
Rollback (n) – [rolbæk] – a trick performed by rolling backwards then pivoting 180-degrees on the back wheel of your bicycle. "I can't do half-cabs, but my rollbacks are pretty dialed."
Rollers – [rol?rz] – 1. (n) small dirt mounds ranging from one to two feet tall and placed very close together with the intent of being manualed over. “Right after the double is a set of rollers.” 2. (n) two rubber cylinders placed parallel each other in a metal frame and connected by a rubber belt to a third cylinder placed further apart from the first two, used by placing the back wheel of a bicycle between the two back cylinders and the front tire on the front cylinder and pedaling the bicycle. Often times used to warm up for BMX races or improve balance.
Roll-in (n) – [rol In] – a type of channel slightly raised from the rest of the ramp with a more gentle slope at the top and bottom and usually standing higher above the deck used for gaining speed into the ramp. "That's a pretty steep roll-in on the quarter-pipe." [see also: channel]
Sandbagger (n) – [sænbæg?r] – a person who intentionally enters a contest at a lower skill level than they should with the intent of winning a prize and looking good. "There was some sandbagger in the amateur class doing tailwhips over everything."
Scorpion – [skorpij?n] – 1. (n) a particularly nasty fall where a rider flips over the handlebars and lands on their face/chest, causing their back to arch and their legs to bend over their head as they slide across the ground. "That was a gnarly scorpion skid you did on the first jump." 2. (v) the act of performing a scorpion skid. "Did you see him scorpion over the first set?" [see also: over, OTB]
Seat – [sit] – 1. (n) the padded part of a bicycle on which you sit. "My new seat is so soft." 2. the tube of a frame running vertically between the top tube and the seat stays. "My seat tube is too big for this new post." 3. (n) the post on which a seat sits. "My new seat post is solid titanium." 4. (n) the stays running from the top of the seat tube to the rear dropouts. "My brakes are mounted to my seat stays on this new frame." [see also: frame]
Session – [s?š?n] – 1. (n) a length of time spent riding. "We had a good session at the park today." 2. (v) to ride a particular place for a period of time. "We sessioned the park all day." [see also: shred]
Setup – [s?t?p] – 1. (n) a particular combination of ramps, jumps, or obstacles. "I found a really nice bank-to-wall setup." 2. (n) a certain combination of parts, or lack thereof, a rider chooses to use on his bike. "You only run one peg? That's an odd setup."
Sick (adj/adv) – [sIk] – impressive, amazing. "I love this park, it's so sick."
Shady (adj) – [šedi] – discomforting, scary, or unnerving. "That's a shady dirt jump." [see also: sketchy]
Shred (v) – [šr?d] – to ride intensely. "I can't wait to shred the trails when I get home." [see also: shredder]
Shredder (n) – [šr?d?r] – one who rides intensely. "Here comes that shredder with the long hair." [see also: shred]
Skate Park – [sketp?rk] – 1. (n) a collection of cement or wooden ramps designed for skating or skating and BMX. "I went to the skate park last night, but it was odd because of the small ramps." 2. (n) a collection of cement or wooden ramps designed for BMX. "I was at the bike park for six hours strait yesterday."
Sketchy – [sk??i] – 1. (adj) discomforting, scary, or unnerving. "That whole skate park is pretty sketchy." 2. (adv) poorly done. "I did the trick, but the landing was sketchy." [see also: shady]
Snake (v) – [snek] – to cut in front of someone else suddenly, disturbing their run or causing them to fall. "I was going to hit the box until that kid on the skateboard snaked me."
Snake Run (n) – [snek r?n] – a long, winding quarter-pipe made of cement. "The skate park has an amazing 40-foot snake run."
Sprocket (n) – [sprakIt] – the circular cog on a bicycle that is driven by pedaling and transfers the motion via the chainwheel and the freewheel to the rear axle. "My sprocket is missing a tooth, so my bike isn't pedaling properly." [see also: chainwheel]
Squatter (n) – [skwct?r] – one who sits or stands in inappropriate places, such as on top of box jumps, on ledges, or too close to the coping of a ramp. "I really want to hit the box jump, but there are a bunch of squatters hanging out on it."
Stall (n) – a trick performed by placing a part or combination of parts of the bicycle, such as the pegs, chainwheel, or pedals, on an object and balancing for a moment. To have successfully completed a stall, one must demonstrate full control of the bicycle and ride away without falling off the bicycle or putting a foot on the ground. “I think I can stall the sub-box, but it’s pretty tall.” [see also: trick, icepick, fufanu, disaster, double-peg]
Stays (n) – [stez] – the bars running from the dropouts to the top and bottom of the seat tube, generally preceded by seat or chain to indicate which set of stays are being referred to. "I don't know what happened, but my seat stays are all messed up." [see also: seat(4), chain(2), frame]
Stoked (n) – [stokd] – excited. "I'm so stoked to go to Chenga World tomorrow."
Street (n) – [strit] – BMX riding on natural or man-made terrain within cities, such as ledges, curbs, broken glass, and bums. Anything not made specifically to be ridden on is potentially a street obstacle. "We were going to go downtown and ride street later tonight." [see also: night mission]
Strong – [strc?] – 1. (adj) well performed, intense, or nicely done. "He has really strong street skills." 2. (adj) very talented. "Ryan Nyquist is a strong vert rider."
Stunt – a trick done on an obstacle that makes the trick particularly difficult, such as doing a backflip over a fifty-four foot gap, or an icepick stall on the runner of a helicopter (both documented stunts). “I want to do a stunt involving a crocodile, but I think they’re really expensive.” [see also: trick]
Style (n) – [stil] – the way in which a rider does a trick that makes it his own, the fine distinctions noticeable between two riders' variation of the same trick. Extremely important in BMX. "Dave Mirra may have huge moves, but he has as much style as two rocks set side by side."
Sub (n) – [s?b] – a wooden box placed on the deck of a ramp intended to be used for grinds or stalls. "I still can't believe he icepicked the sub box." [see also: box]
Switch-footed (adj) – [swI? f?t?d] –a trick performed with one's feet in the opposite position one comfortably rides. For instance, a rider who usually keeps their left foot in the front would consider riding with their right foot in the front switch-footed. "Was that a switch-footed tailwhip?"
Tailwhip – [telwIp] – 1. (n) a trick consisting of kicking the back end of one's bicycle in a complete revolution around the handlebars. "I can never get my tailwhips to come all the way around." 2. (v) the act of performing a tailwhip. "I could tailwhip that gap all day."
Top (n) – [tcp] – the tube of a frame running horizontally from the top of the seat tube to the top of the head tube. "I put a pad on my top tube so if I slip off my pedals and hit it I might still be able to have kids." [see also: frame]
Trails (n) – [trelz] – a freestyle BMX dirt course consisting of dirt jumps spaced throughout winding trails, usually in the woods. "I've been building trails in my back yard for about a year now." [see also: dirt]
Transfer (v) – [trænzf?r] – jumping over one area of a ramp onto another, or from one ramp to another. "You should try and transfer from the box jump to the quarter-pipe."
Transition (n) – [trænziš?n] – the part of a ramp where the angle starts to steepen, causing the surface to curve. "The quarter-pipe has a really steep transition."
Trick – [trIk] – 1. (n) any feat performed on a BMX bicycle. “I wish I could do more tricks on quarter-pipes.” [see also: lip trick, stall, grind, air trick, stunt, tailwhip, barspin, crooked, double-peg, feeble, icepick, fufanu, disaster, can-can] 2. (v) the act of performing a trick. “Do you think you could trick off that ledge?”
True – [tru] – 1. (n) in reference to bicycle wheels, a state of being strait and rigid with all the spokes the same tension. "That wheel looks like it's out of true." 2. (v) to make a wheel true. "I'm going to have to true my wheel soon."
Tweaked (adj) – [twikd] – perfect, to the fullest extent. "His can-cans are tweaked."
Tweaker (n) – [twik?r] – a person who is odd or annoying, or whose presence is disconcerting. "That tweaker who always cries when he falls is back."
Vert – [v?rt] – 1. (n) BMX riding on a single half-pipe where the transitions are vertical. “He rides vert all the time.” [see also: half-pipe]
Wood-Pushers (n) – [w?d p?š?r] – a derogatory term used for skateboarders. "I hate wood-pushers."
X-Games (n) – [eks gemz] – ESPN's annual contest series, which mostly consists of Dave Mirra winning gold medals and prize money. While popular among the younger generations of riders, these events tend to be mocked often within the BMX community for their commercialization and extreme distortion of what is fundamentally BMX. "I was going to go to the X-Games, but then I realized that I could watch them on TV."