Bear-trap

Noun

To slip off one pedal, causing the other pedal to slam one in the shin.

Example usage: 'I slipped off my pedal into a beartrap!'

Most used in: Mountain biking and BMX

Most used by: Mountain bikers and BMXers.

Popularity: 6/10

Comedy Value: 7/10

Also see: Clipless pedals, Clips, Pedal Bindings, Cleats,

What is a Beartrap in Cycling?

In the context of cycling, a "bear-trap" refers to a specific scenario that occurs when using platform pedals (also known as flat pedals) during mountain biking or BMX riding. Platform pedals are flat pedals that do not have a mechanism to attach the rider's shoe to the pedal, unlike clipless pedals that use cleats on the rider's shoes to lock into the pedal.

The term "bear-trap" is used to describe the situation where a cyclist's foot slips off one of the platform pedals, causing the other pedal to swing back and hit or "slam" into the rider's shin. This can be quite painful and may result in bruising or even more serious injuries if the impact is severe.

The name "bear-trap" likely comes from the sudden and forceful nature of the impact, likening it to the swift and powerful action of a bear trap closing on its prey. This situation is more common in mountain biking and BMX, where riders often encounter rough and challenging terrain, which can make it easier for the foot to accidentally slip off the pedal.

To prevent bear-trap incidents and improve foot grip on the pedals, some cyclists choose to wear sticky-soled shoes or use pedals with pins or studs that offer better traction. Additionally, many riders practice proper foot placement and technique to reduce the likelihood of slipping off the pedals during their rides.

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The Beartrap: A Unique Cycling Term

The term 'beartrap' is a unique cycling term used to describe the act of pressing down on a pedal while standing up on a bicycle. The term originated in the early 1900s in the United States, and is believed to have been used in the Midwest, specifically in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The term was coined due to the resemblance of the act to the way a bear would stand on its hind legs and trap something with its front paws.

The term was popularized in the 1930s, and since then has become a common phrase used by cyclists. The term can also be used to describe a particular type of pedal design, which is heavier than a standard pedal. This type of pedal was considered to be the ideal choice for cyclists who wanted to stand up while pedaling.

Since its introduction, the term 'beartrap' has become a widely used phrase in the cycling world. It is often used to describe a particular type of pedal, as well as the act of pressing down on the pedal while standing up. It is a unique term that has become a part of the language of cycling.

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