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verb, gerund

Crushing: To ride very fast, pushing the limits of speed.

Example usage: Let's go crushing around the city!

Most used in: Urban areas where Fixed Gear cyclists congregate.

Most used by: Fixed Gear cyclists and those who like to ride fast.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Cadence Cranking, Hammering, Mashing, Grinding,


What Does “Crushing” Mean in Fixed Gear Cycling?

Fixed gear cycling, also known as “fixie” or “track” cycling, is a type of cycling that is gaining popularity among cyclists. Fixed gear cycling is different from other types of cycling in that it doesn’t have a freewheel mechanism, meaning that the pedals are constantly in motion when the bike is in motion. This allows cyclists to have more control over the speed of their ride and can also be used to perform certain tricks.

One of the tricks that can be performed on a fixed gear bike is known as “crushing.” Crushing is a trick in which the cyclist pedals backwards, causing the bike to skid and lock up the rear wheel. This trick can be used to slow down the bike, or to make it easier to perform other tricks. It requires a lot of skill and practice to be able to perform this trick successfully.

Fixed gear cycling is becoming increasingly popular, and with it, so is crushing. According to a recent survey, nearly half of all fixed gear cyclists have tried crushing at least once. Of those who have tried, nearly 70% said they would recommend it to others. As the popularity of fixed gear cycling continues to grow, it’s likely that crushing will become even more popular.

So, if you’re a cyclist looking to try something new, or just want to increase your skills, give crushing a try. With some practice and patience, you’ll be crushing it in no time.


The Origin of the Term 'Crushing' in Fixed Gear Cycling

The term 'Crushing' in the context of Fixed Gear cycling is believed to have originated in the early 2000s in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was used to describe the popular style of riding involving taking corners at high speeds and skidding around with the rear wheel, as well as riding on the back wheel of the bike.

The term originated from a local Fixed Gear bike shop called 'Crush' which was a shop that specialized in selling custom Fixed Gear bikes and parts. This shop was founded in 2000, and it is believed that the term 'Crushing' was first used to refer to the style of riding popularized in the San Francisco area during this time.

The term has since spread to other areas of the world, and it is now used to describe any kind of intense, risk-taking Fixed Gear cycling. It is a term that has come to represent the spirit of the Fixed Gear cycling community.

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