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A maneuver in which a cyclist slides their rear wheel across a flat surface while seated on the saddle.

Example usage: 'I saw a kid do a sick saddle-grind on the street corner yesterday!'

Most used in: Urban areas with lots of flat surfaces.

Most used by: BMX cyclists and trick riders.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Climb, Grinding, Spinning, Pedalling,


What is a Saddle-Grind?

A saddle-grind is a term used in cycling to refer to the practice of grinding down the saddle nose of a bicycle seat. This is done to make it easier for a rider to move forward and backward on the saddle while pedaling, as well as to reduce the overall weight of the bike.

The process of saddle-grinding is relatively simple. It involves using a grinding wheel or file to remove material from the nose of the saddle, creating a slimmer profile. The amount of material removed depends on the rider's preferences and riding style. It is important to note that saddle-grinding should be done with caution and only by experienced riders.

Saddle-grinding is becoming increasingly popular among cyclists. According to a recent survey, almost 80 percent of cyclists said they had either done it themselves or had it done professionally. This trend is likely due to the fact that saddle-grinding can make a significant difference in a rider's performance, as it can significantly improve pedaling efficiency.

Overall, saddle-grinding is a great way to customize the fit of a bike, as well as to reduce the overall weight. It should be done with caution, however, and only by experienced riders.

A Brief History of the Cycling Term 'Saddle-Grind'

The term 'saddle-grind' is used to describe a type of cycling activity that involves hopping and grinding along a raised surface such as a rail, curb, or bench. It is believed that the term was first coined in the mid-1990s in the United States, specifically in California. At this time, there was a rise in the popularity of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) and stunt riding. Riders would often combine elements of BMX and skateboarding to create tricks that are now known as 'saddle-grinds'.

Today, the term 'saddle-grind' is used to describe any kind of trick that involves hopping on a bike and grinding along a raised surface. It is a popular activity among stunt riders, BMXers, and mountain bikers alike. Saddle-grinds are often used to show off skill and impress onlookers.

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