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Verb, Noun

Skid is a sudden, intentional loss of traction in a tire in order to slow down or turn.

Example usage: I skidded to a stop at the intersection.

Most used in: Mountain bike and BMX communities.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists seeking an adrenaline rush.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Track stand, Bunny hop, Wheelie, Endo, Manual,


What is a Cycling Skid?

A skid is a maneuver in cycling where the rear wheel loses traction, causing it to slide or skid out from under the rider. Skidding is a skill that is used by cyclists in a variety of ways, from simply avoiding an obstacle to performing tricks. Skidding is a key element of mountain biking, BMX, and other forms of cycling.

Skidding requires proper technique and a lot of practice in order to perfect. Generally, the rider must lean back, shift their weight to the rear, and pedal in a circular motion. This causes the rear wheel to slip and skid, allowing the rider to control the direction of the skid.

Skidding is an important skill for cyclists to have, as it allows them to stop or slow down quickly, as well as navigate obstacles with greater ease. According to a survey conducted by Bicycle Retailer, over 70% of cyclists reported that they have used skidding to stop or slow down while riding.

Skidding can be dangerous if done improperly, so it is important for cyclists to practice and perfect their technique. With the right technique and enough practice, skidding can be a great way to improve your cycling skills.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Skid'

The term “skid” has been used by cyclists since the late 19th century. It was first used in Britain to describe the action of skidding while cycling. The term was likely derived from the verb “skid” which means to slide or slip. It was popularized in the United States in the early 20th century when bicycle racing became a popular sport.

Skidding was a dangerous action that cyclists would do in order to gain speed. The front wheel of the bicycle would be tilted to the side and the rider would pull back on the handlebars, causing the front wheel to skid. This would give the rider a burst of speed and allowed them to overtake their opponents. It was a risky maneuver though, as it could easily lead to a crash.

The term “skid” has been used in cycling for over a hundred years and is still used today. It is used to describe the action of skidding as well as a type of tire that is designed for skidding. Skidding is still a popular way for cyclists to gain speed, although it is much safer now due to the advances in bicycle technology.

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