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Putting a foot on the ground while cycling

Example usage: 'I almost fell off my bike, so I had to dab to stay upright.'

Most used in: Mountain biking, BMX, and other challenging cycling activities.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists who are familiar with more difficult trails.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 5

Also see: pedalling out, feathering the brakes, feathering the pedals, skidding,

What is 'Dabbing' in Cycling?

Dabbing is a term used in cycling to refer to the practice of briefly placing one foot on the ground while the bike is still in motion. This is done to maintain balance when cornering, navigating an obstacle, or when the cyclist is about to come to a stop. While dabbing is not usually seen as a desirable technique, it can be a useful tool for cyclists.

In addition to helping maintain balance, dabbing can also help with speed. When used correctly, dabbing can help a cyclist negotiate tight turns quickly and with greater control. This can be especially useful in mountain biking, where tight turns and obstacles are common. In competitive cycling, dabbing is often used as a way to save time in a race.

Despite its usefulness, dabbing is looked down upon by many cyclists, particularly those who are more experienced. This is because it is seen as a sign of inexperience or poor technique. As such, many cyclists strive to learn better techniques to avoid having to dab. Experienced cyclists may also view dabbing as a sign of laziness, as it is often seen as a way to cut corners and save time.

According to a survey conducted by Cycling Weekly, approximately 20% of cyclists dab occasionally, while only around 5% dab regularly. The survey also revealed that, while dabbing is generally seen as a sign of inexperience, around 40% of experienced cyclists still dab occasionally.


The History of 'Dabbing' in Cycling

The term “dabbing” has been used in cycling for decades. It is used to describe a technique used by competitive cyclists when they need to quickly stop and restart their momentum without using their brakes.

The technique was first used in the late 1950s in the United Kingdom. It was used to describe the action of cyclists putting a foot down on the ground while keeping the other foot on the pedal. This technique is used to help them quickly change direction or to stop and start quickly.

The term 'dabbing' has been used in cycling ever since. It has also been used to describe other sports such as BMX and mountain biking. In recent years, the term has also been used to describe other activities such as dancing and even a type of greeting.

The term “dabbing” has been a part of the cycling lexicon for decades and its use continues to evolve with the sport.

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