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To hit a curb or other obstacle while cycling and lose control of the bike

Example usage: I was riding too fast and ended up popping off the curb.

Most used in: Mountain biking and street cycling.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Burnt match, Redlining, Blowing up, Bonking,


What is Popped in Cycling?

Popped is a term used in cycling to describe a cyclist that has been left behind during a group ride, race, or event. It generally means that the cyclist has lost contact with the group and is no longer able to keep up with the pace. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as fatigue, mechanical problems, or a lack of fitness.

Popping is an unfortunate reality of cycling and can be discouraging for riders. According to a study by the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, popping is the number one reason why cyclists drop out of races. The study found that over 70% of cyclists who dropped out of a race had been popped at some point during the race.

It’s important to remember that popping is a normal part of cycling and that it doesn’t mean that a cyclist is not fit or capable. There are many factors at play when it comes to cycling performance and popping is just one of them. The best way to avoid getting popped is to make sure you are properly prepared and to be aware of your limits.


The Origin of the Term 'Popped' in Cycling

The term 'popped' is a slang term used in cycling to refer to when a rider has to stop because of a mechanical issue, such as a flat tire or broken chain. The term is believed to have originated in the late 1800s in the United Kingdom, when cycling was a popular pastime. The term is thought to have come from the description of the sound made when a tire went flat.

In the early days of cycling, when riders had to fix their own bikes, they would often carry a spare tube with them. When they had a flat tire, they would use the spare tube to replace the old one, and the sound of air escaping from the tube when it was punctured was described as being “popped”. The term is still used in cycling today, and is a reference to the sound made when a tire goes flat.

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