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To crash or fall off a bike

Example usage: I was tumbling down the hill after I hit a rock.

Most used in: Mountain biking and off-road cycling.

Most used by: Adventure cyclists and downhill racers.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 7

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

What is Tumbling in Cycling?

Tumbling is a cycling term used to describe a rider who is losing momentum due to a lack of pedaling or other factors. It is usually caused by a sudden decrease in speed, such as when a rider brakes too hard or when they run out of energy and cannot continue pedaling. Tumbling can also be caused by a lack of balance, poor technique, or an uneven terrain.

Tumbling can be dangerous for cyclists, since it can cause them to lose control and crash. It is important to practice good cycling technique to avoid tumbling. This includes pedaling smoothly and evenly, maintaining a good center of gravity, and using proper braking technique. Additionally, cyclists should always be aware of their surroundings to avoid obstacles that can cause them to lose momentum.

Tumbling is a common problem for cyclists, especially those who are just getting started. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicycle crashes account for 2% of all traffic fatalities in the United States each year. Of these fatalities, 51% are caused by a cyclist losing control due to tumbling or other causes.

By practicing good technique and being aware of their surroundings, cyclists can avoid tumbling and stay safe on the road.


The Origin of the Term 'Tumbling' in Cycling

The term 'tumbling' in the context of cycling is believed to have first been used in the late 19th century in the United Kingdom. It is thought to have originated in the North West of England, as the term was used by cyclists in the area in the 1880s.

The term was likely derived from the practice of tumbling, which is a type of acrobatic stunt performed by cyclists. During tumbling, the cyclist would stand up on the pedals and perform a series of flips or turns while in mid-air. This was often done to entertain onlookers or as a show of skill.

Tumbling was a popular practice among cyclists in the late 19th century, and the term likely caught on as a way to describe the stunt. Today, the term is still used to refer to a type of stunt performed by cyclists, although the stunt has evolved over time.

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