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Verb, Noun

To ride up to a stop light and slow down, but not stop

Example usage: I wavered the stop light so I could keep my momentum

Most used in: Urban areas with frequent stop lights

Most used by: Commuters and urban cyclists

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: drafting, slipstreaming, wheel-sucking, pacelining,


What is the Cycling Term 'Waver'?

Cycling has its own language and lingo that can be confusing to the uninitiated. A 'waver' is a cycling term that is used to describe a cyclist who is riding in an erratic or chaotic manner. This could include weaving in and out of traffic, swerving, or even riding on sidewalks or other areas not meant for cycling.

Waving can be dangerous to the cyclist and to other people on the road. It is important to remember to always ride safely and in a predictable manner. This means using hand signals to communicate with other cyclists and motorists, and riding in a straight line when possible.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 857 cyclists were killed in the United States in 2018. That is a 6.3% increase from the previous year, and a more than 50% increase since 2010. This is why it is so important to ride responsibly and to avoid wavering on the roads.

The Origin of the Term 'Waver' in Cycling

The term 'waver' is used to describe a particular type of cycling technique, where the cyclist weaves from side to side while riding in a straight line. This technique is used to increase the cyclist's speed or to navigate through tight spaces. The origin of the term is unclear, however, it is believed to have first been used in the late 1800s in the United States.

The term 'waver' is used most commonly in track racing, but has been known to be used in other forms of cycling as well. It is believed that the term originated in the United States in the late 1800s, when track racing was becoming increasingly popular. The term is thought to have been derived from the motion of the cyclist weaving back and forth on the track, resembling a wave.

The term has become increasingly popular in recent years, with the growth of competitive cycling. It is now used to describe a particular technique used by cyclists to increase their speed and navigate tight spaces. While the exact origin of the term is unknown, it is thought to have originated in the United States in the late 1800s.

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