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Verb, Noun

The act of pedaling backwards on a bicycle.

Example usage: I had to backpedal to avoid the car coming up behind me.

Most used in: Urban and mountain biking.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: coasting, skidding, dragging, rolling back,

What is Backpedaling in Cycling?

Backpedaling in cycling is a technique used by cyclists to slow down or stop their bike without using the brakes. It is also known as “coasting” or “freewheeling.” It involves the cyclist pedaling backwards with their feet to slow down or stop the bike instead of applying the brakes.

Backpedaling is a skill that takes practice and is not recommended for beginners. It is most commonly used on steep downhills or when a cyclist needs to slow down quickly, such as in a race. The technique is especially popular with mountain bikers and downhill racers, as it gives them more control over their speed and allows them to remain balanced and in control.

The popularity of backpedaling in cycling has increased in recent years. According to a 2019 survey of more than 1,000 cyclists, 66% of respondents reported that they use backpedaling regularly. The survey also found that 66% of respondents felt that backpedaling was important for their safety while cycling.

Backpedaling is an important cycling skill and can be a useful tool for cyclists of all levels. It is important to practice the technique in a safe environment and to always wear a helmet. With the right technique and practice, cyclists can take advantage of the benefits of backpedaling and stay safe on the roads.


When Did the Term 'Backpedaling' First Appear in Cycling?

The term 'backpedaling' as it is used in cycling has been around since at least the late 19th century. It appears to have originated in the United Kingdom, where cyclists used the phrase to describe the action of pedaling backward while in motion. This was a technique used to slow down, or even stop, without the use of brakes.

The earliest recorded use of the phrase is from the 1894 book 'The Art of Cycling' by Arthur Stanhope Farish. In it, he states: 'Back-pedalling is a useful trick, and one which is employed by some of the most skilful and graceful riders'.

Since then, the phrase has been used to describe the technique of pedaling backward to slow down or stop while cycling. The term is still in wide use today, and is a common sight in competitive cycling events.

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