HOP-uh-ver

Verb, Noun

The act of lifting the front wheel of a bicycle over an obstacle

Example usage: 'I had to do a hop-over to get the bike up the curb.'

Most used in: Mountain biking trails and urban environments.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and urban cyclists.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 4

Also see: wheelie, bunny hop, manual, hop-up,

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What is a Cycling 'Hop-Over'?

The term 'hop-over' is commonly used among cyclists to describe a specific type of cycling maneuver. It involves jumping over an object or obstacle in the path while riding a bicycle.

This maneuver is often used to avoid obstacles such as potholes, rocks, branches, and other debris that may be on the road. It is a relatively simple technique that requires the rider to lift the front wheel of the bicycle while still pedaling and then 'hop' the front wheel of the bicycle over the obstacle. The rear wheel must also be lifted, but usually does not need to be as high as the front wheel.

The hop-over is a popular maneuver among mountain bikers, and is also used by road cyclists. According to a recent survey, nearly 60% of cyclists said they had used a hop-over in the past year. The hop-over is an important skill for cyclists to master as it can help them avoid obstacles and maintain their momentum while cycling.

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The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Hop-Over'

The term 'hop-over' is a cycling manoeuvre used to quickly and efficiently transition from one side of the road to the other. It has been used in the UK since the early 1980s, most commonly in the cycling culture of London.

The term is thought to have been first used by a group of cyclists in South London, who used it to describe a technique of quickly hopping over the road to avoid traffic. This manoeuvre was then adopted by other cyclists in the area, and eventually became accepted as a standard term for the move.

Today, the term 'hop-over' is widely recognised in the cycling community, and is used to describe the quick transition from one side of the road to the other. It is a useful technique for avoiding traffic, and can be used to quickly transition between different routes.

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