Triathlon Glossary

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10/07/2008 at 11:58

Hi guys

We've put together this beginner's  tri glossary to help you out if you're dabbling your toe in triathlon, but would love you to get involved in helping us expand the list.

Maybe there are still terms you want explained, or maybe you're able to help us out with adding definitions of your own - either way please pop your thoughts on this thread and we'll get updating the list in due course.

Thanks for your help. 


cougie    pirate
10/07/2008 at 12:11
Sandbagger : One who keeps telling everyone how poorly prepared they are whilst secretly knocking out huge sessions each week - and blitzes the course.

Crash Hamster    pirate
10/07/2008 at 12:52


Cassette: the multiple sprockets of different sizes attached to your back wheel. the smallest one makes you go fastest for a given cadence, the largest one makes you slowest for a given cadence. The idea is to maintain a constant cadence over different terrain, changing up and down the cassetee as required.

Chainrings: the two or three large sprockets attached to your cranks. The bigger/est one makes you faster/est for a given cadence. The idea is to maintain constant cadence over different terrain, changing up and down the chainrings as required

Front derailleur: a device for moving the chain between chainrings

Rear derailleur: a device for moving the chain between the sprockets of your cassette.

Chain: the oily bit that connects the chainrings to the cassette.

10/07/2008 at 12:56
Hollywood: see Sandbagger
10/07/2008 at 13:01

Bucker - the antithesis of sandbagger

Gaylord - general curry house based insult 

10/07/2008 at 13:14
Piddletrenthide: The stained, wrinkled foot skin of an ironman/woman who does not get off their velocipede in order to micturate during an ironman event.
10/07/2008 at 13:24
Schmutter: A mixture of gel, sweat, bannana, phlegm and malt loaf that encrusts the chest of a ironman towards the end of the run stage of an ironman event.    pirate
10/07/2008 at 13:45
Thought we'd already done this..?
10/07/2008 at 13:54
Correction...... the 4th discipline - shopping    pirate
10/07/2008 at 13:54
Ah - I stand corrected! I thought the 4th was sleeping?
GOM.    pirate
10/07/2008 at 14:06
Not according to SL and Zuppy!!!!!!
10/07/2008 at 14:28
ouch! It wasn't us, it was some american guy debbo introduced us to!
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
10/07/2008 at 14:56
There is an excellent Q&A thatHollywood put together on Fetch, can someone post a link?
PSC    pirate
10/07/2008 at 15:00
10/07/2008 at 15:10

RW, if you're going to put a glossary on the front page of the website then I think you should try to get it 100% correct.

Cassette - I'm not sure you can describe a cassette as a "gear selection system".  It's part of the gear system but I think you could have come up with a better description.

Clip-in pedals - Do you mean "clipless pedals"?

Derailleur - This is simply the device that allows you to change gear.  It's not "a system a variable ratio gears".

PSC    pirate
10/07/2008 at 15:12
hands up all the non-ponces who also noticed that
Gyraffe    pirate
10/07/2008 at 15:52

I noticed and I'm a totally muppet when it comes to bikes! 

Stopped reading at about k as it didn't seem to be a good use of time.....

Crash Hamster    pirate
10/07/2008 at 15:57
that hamster bloke spotted it in post 3...damn smart, he is
Calf    pirate
10/07/2008 at 16:28

thought sprint events were 400m swim?

 And toeclips and clipless pedals for that are also there to allow the rider to pull up on the pedal during the back part of the stroke (ahem) giving more power and a smoother delivery.

PSC    pirate
10/07/2008 at 16:34
I think sprints go up to 750m Calf.  Distance can vary....... (although I haven't checked the BT rules).
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