Bumming

Bumming

buhm-ing

verb, noun

Bumming is when a bikepacker camps for free in a public place.

Example usage: 'I was feeling adventurous so I decided to go bumming for the night.'

Most used in: North America, Europe, and Australia.

Most used by: Bikepackers, touring cyclists, and bike tourers.

Popularity: 7

Comedy Value: 4

Also see: Drafting, Slipstreaming, Wheel-sucking, Pacelining,

What is Bumming?

Bumming is a term used in cycling to describe the practice of riding a bike for long distances with no specific destination in mind. It is a form of cycling that has become increasingly popular in recent years, often undertaken by those looking to explore the countryside or take in the sights of a new city. Bumming is usually done without any destination or time frame in mind and is thus a more leisurely type of cycling.

According to a recent survey, over a quarter of cyclists in the UK have taken part in bumming in the last 12 months, with more and more people looking to explore their local area or take on longer journeys. Bumming can be done on any type of bike, from mountain bikes to road bikes and is often seen as a more relaxed way to enjoy cycling, with no pressure to complete a certain route or reach a specific destination.

Bumming is often seen as a great way to get out and explore, as well as a way to stay fit and active. It is also seen as a good way to get to know an area better and discover hidden gems along the way. Although there is no set route or destination for bumming, it is important to plan ahead and ensure you have all the necessary supplies for your journey.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Bumming'

The cycling term 'bumming' is believed to have originated in the late 1800s in the United States. The term was first used to describe the practice of riding a bicycle without the use of a saddle, hence the term 'bumming'. This practice was popular among daredevils and thrill seekers, as it was a more dangerous way to ride a bicycle.

The term 'bumming' was later used to describe an alternative way of riding a bicycle, which involved sitting on the frame of the bike. This style of riding was popular among stunt riders in the early 1900s, as it was seen as a more daring way to ride a bicycle.

The term 'bumming' is still used today to describe the practice of riding a bicycle without the use of a saddle. It is also used to describe an alternative way of riding a bicycle, which involves sitting on the frame of the bike.

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