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Noun, Verb

T-Bone: When two cyclists cross paths and one cyclist turns sharply in front of the other.

Example usage: I nearly got T-Boned by another cyclist on the race track.

Most used in: Duathlon cycling events.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: T-Bone, Right Hook, Right Cross, Shoulder Check,

What is a T-Bone in Cycling?

T-bone is a term used in cycling to describe a dangerous situation in which a cyclist is hit by a car turning across their path. It is a type of crash that results from a motorist failing to yield the right of way to the cyclist, and is also known as a “right-hook” or “left-hook”, depending on whether the car is turning right or left.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions occur when a vehicle is turning left and fails to yield to a cyclist. In 2015, the NHTSA reported that of the 783 cyclist fatalities, 32% were due to a left-turning car.

T-bone crashes can be particularly dangerous for cyclists, as they leave little time to react and can cause them to be thrown from their bike. To avoid these types of collisions, cyclists should always be aware of the traffic around them and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary. Additionally, cyclists should always obey the rules of the road and ride with the flow of traffic.


The Surprising Origin of the Cycling Term 'T-Bone'

The cycling term 'T-Bone' has been around for a while, but the origin of the term remains a bit of a mystery. According to some sources, the term was first used in the 1950s in the United States, particularly in California. It was used to describe a situation where a cyclist was hit by a car in an intersection, similar to the way a T-bone steak is cut from a cow.

The term was popularised in the 1970s when it was used by the media to describe a particular type of car accident involving a cyclist. It was used to describe a situation where a cyclist was hit by a car while crossing an intersection, which is known as a 'right-angle collision'. This type of collision has become known as a 'T-bone' in the cycling community.

The term has since been adopted by cyclists all over the world and is now used to describe any type of collision between a cyclist and a car, regardless of the angle. It is a term that is widely used in the cycling community and is a reminder of the dangers of cycling on roads with cars.

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