Hairpin turn

Hairpin turn

HAYR-pin TURN

Noun

A sharp, U-shaped turn found on mountain bike trails.

Example usage: 'Watch out for the hairpin turn at the bottom of the hill!'

Most used in: Mountain biking trails in hilly or mountainous regions.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and downhill cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Switchback, U-Turn, Hairpin Bend, Tight Turn,

.

What is a Hairpin Turn in Cycling?

A Hairpin Turn is a sharp U-shaped turn in a road on a mountain that cyclists must navigate. It is usually a very tight turn, with the inside radius of the turn being much smaller than the outside radius. This type of turn often requires cyclists to slow down or even come to a stop due to the tightness of the turn and the difficulty of making it without skidding.

A Hairpin Turn is a common type of turn found on mountain roads and trails. In some areas, such as the Swiss Alps, it is estimated that up to a third of all turns are Hairpin Turns. They can be found on roads, trails, and even some mountain bike tracks.

Navigating a Hairpin Turn can be difficult for cyclists. It requires concentration, skill, and balance. It is important to remember that the turn is much tighter on the inside than the outside, so it is important to slow down and take the turn slowly to avoid skidding or losing control.

In general, it is best to take Hairpin Turns at a slow speed and with caution. It can be a challenging turn to make, but with practice and experience, it can be done safely and effectively.

.

The Origins of the Cycling Term 'Hairpin Turn'

The cycling term 'Hairpin Turn' was first used in the early 1900s, primarily in the United States. It was used to describe a very sharp, tight turn on a steep mountain road. The turn was so sharp that it resembled a hairpin - hence the name.

The term was first used in the context of mountain biking in the late 1970s, when the sport was in its infancy. It was used to describe the sharp turns a cyclist would have to make to navigate a steep descent. It was also used to describe the sharp turns a cyclist would have to make to ascend a steep mountain.

Today, the term is used to describe any sharp turn on a mountain road, regardless of the grade. It is a common part of mountain biking lingo and is used by cyclists all over the world.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Saddle Slang

Find definitions for all of the technical terms, slang, and acronyms used in cycling. From the different types of bikes and their components, to training techniques, racing terminology and put downs, this dictionary has it all.

Talk the Talk

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS AND THE LATEST UPDATES BY EMAIL

FOLLOW THE NEWSLETTER