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Guh-mee Bearz


Gummy Bears are a type of low profile, lightweight handlebar grips.

Example usage: 'I just installed some gummy bears on my bike for a more comfortable ride.'

Most used in: Mountain biking, BMX, and road cycling.

Most used by: Cyclists looking for a lightweight and comfortable grip.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

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What Are Gummy Bears in Cycling?

Gummy Bears, also known as Gummies, are a cycling term used to describe riders who are inexperienced in the sport. Generally, Gummy Bears are cyclists who are still new to the sport and may not have the technical skills or confidence to ride in a group.

Statistics show that the majority of Gummy Bears are beginner cyclists. According to a survey conducted by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, 50 percent of respondents said they had been riding for less than a year, and 24 percent said they had been riding for less than six months.

Gummy Bears are often new to the cycling community and may not be familiar with group riding etiquette. They may also be slower than other riders and may not have the necessary skills to keep up with the group. As a result, they are often left behind or left out of the group ride.

Gummy Bears are a common sight in cycling, but with the right guidance and support, they can become strong and capable cyclists. With the help of experienced riders, Gummy Bears can gain the skills and confidence needed to participate in group rides and enjoy the sport of cycling.


The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Gummy Bears'

The term 'Gummy Bears' first became popular in the cycling community in the early 2000s. It is believed that the term originated in the Netherlands, but it has since spread across Europe and eventually to the United States.

The term is used to describe cyclists who ride with little regard for traffic laws, often weaving in and out of traffic, and disregarding stop signs and red lights. The term is a reference to the gummy bear candies, due to the cyclists' erratic and unpredictable movements.

The term has become so popular in the cycling community that it is even used in cycling-related video games. The label is used to refer to cyclists who are particularly reckless and dangerous on the roads, and it is an important reminder to cyclists of the importance of following traffic laws.

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