Not to be confused with the motorcycle (and bicycle) terms lowside (to fall while riding by tucking the front under, or sliding the back out, basically tipping over), and highside (to wreck by flipping onto the opposite side as a lowside, usually by sliding the rear out, then having it catch suddenly and catapult you off in the direction of the slide. Lowside's are usually relatively mundane (depending on whether you hit anything while sliding along on your leathers after the lowside), and highside's are usually disasterous (it's the sudden stop coming down from high in the air after the bike flings you skyward, and then often the bike lands on top of you or rolls over you too - when it's a motorcycle = ouch).
And in BMX (street/park) strong side is your preferred side, weak side is the other, near side is a grind or plant facing your direction of travel (nearest the rider when looking at it before riding it), far side is the opposite, and offside aka bad side is equivalent to weak side.
Bill Roberts Jacksonville, OR
-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Peter Weigle Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 9:51 AM To: Classicrendezvous@Bikelist.Org Subject: Re: [CR]terminology
Sheldon, Whats a "hinky" horse? Do you have to look it in the mouth to see this? More terminology I don't understand
I can't even say my name
<Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:35 PM Subject: Re: [CR]terminology
> Kristopher Green wrote:
>>And I add, in a moment of off-topic confusion, what about the terms
>>"nearside" and "offside", which are regularly used by British car
>>magazines and repair manuals? It appears to me that "nearside" is not
>>the side nearest the British curb, when driving, but the right. But
> Au contraire,
> "Nearside" is left. I think this may actually relate to horseback
> riding--it is customary to mount horses from the left side, and some
> horses get hinky if you try to do it the other way.
> Now, the French have their own confusion..."gauche" is left, "droit" is
> right...but "toute droit" ("all right") is straight ahead!
> Sheldon "Perdu" Brown
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