Terms & Definitions

The vernacular, acronyms, and slang common to the SF2G mailing list

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Bridge-to-Nowhere (BTN):
This bridge connects dirt to dirt, without much on either side, but serves as the only way to get over the waterway that Bayshore fails to cross. The approach to the bridge is rutted and loose, and can cause issues for first-time riders. It's recommended that people not comfortable riding on dirt walk it the first time or two. The south end of the bridge drops off about 6 inches and is loose dirt/bark at the bottom of the dirt ramp, so use caution. Cyclocross and mountain bike types will enjoy this part, especially when it's muddy.
A variant of the bayway that skips Cortland. See the bayway page for more info.
Brisk Pace:
Flat-out attacking the entire way, with the goal of dropping your companions and basking in glory.


Dirty San Bruno. Trinh's invention: a jaunt down Mission, a hurdle up Crocker, and a gravely dusty/muddy roll over Mount San Bruno, before dropping down to meet up with the standard Bayway route. Easy dirt riding (road bikes are fine) and spectacular views.
Drop-to-4. This is invoked for some record-attempt rides and other merciless events. The idea is to go as hard as the 4th strongest person can handle, thus keeping an effective paceline on hand. This concept depends on the riders being fairly evenly matched or else it's pointless.


Skyline route, in reverse. Most often tackled in summertime, as it's pretty dark in the, um, dark.
East Palo Alto, aka, the Hood. Expect a contact high and slurred insults.
Eric's Bayshore Express (EBE):
A faster, more dangerous variant of the bayway. See the bayway page for more info.


Feral Cat Freeway - the bike path around the perimeter of glorious Foster City, which is the domain of numerous menacing gangs of untamed feline beasts.
First Friday Friendly Frolic - the monthly NRLB (no-drop) ride
Fixed Gear Friday - as it's usually a tranquilo kinda day, fixed gear riding is especially suitable
Four-k Rule:
When the group is within roughly 4 kilometers of the destination, it is acceptable, upon invocation of the 4k Rule, to drop anyone that definitely knows the route and can fend for him/herself. Bayshore & Embarcadero or so is "4k" territory. (Vegans working at Google are given extra leeway in the invocation of this rule, since it is well known that all sources of vegan protein disappear from the cafe promptly at 9:29am.)


Grassy Knoll:
For rendezvousing prior to embarking upon a Partycar excursion or a ride back to SF, Google-types and others in the Mountain View area will often meet up at the grassy knoll at the corner of Charleston & Huff, across the st. from the main Google campus.
Grate of Doom (GoD):
A particularly nasty metal storm drain with grates about the width of a bike tire. If you ride over it, you'll probably crash badly, and with cars going fast around you. The GoD is to be found on Eric's Bayshore Express


Hump Day Hammerfest. Style I fast ride on Wednesdays normally led by Nick.
216 watts. Not yet a SI unit. Established on this ride. See also "HSP".
Hobe Standard Pace. Approximately 19.8 mph with an implication of steady, solid pacing. Standard was established on this ride. See also "Hobepower".


(5/11 Update - mostly deprecated now that BTN is paved.) When it becomes necessary to avoid the BTN (see above) due to mud or other issues, the route can be adjusted west of the 101 for about half a mile. This variation, named after its inventor, LeBaron, is probably the most direct and avoids most signals. Route must be experienced to be learned, pretty wacky. More info on the Bayway page.


Mellow Pace:
Brisk pace until someone attacks, then see Brisk Pace, above (kidding, kind of).


No Rider Left Behind - aka, tranquilo pace, no one dropped (unless they know the way and the "4k Rule" is invoked, see below.) Generally happens on Fridays.


Panhandle Peet's:
Peet's Coffee at Fell/Broderick, panhandle of Golden Gate park. Standard meetup point for skyline rides.
The 5:46 caltrain from the Mountain View station - the bike car at the front of the train becomes a rolling party, as numerous bike commuters of various creeds and employers unite in beer-drinking brotherhood; often, upon reaching the 4th/King SF station, further good-natured cheer is decreed, and a stop off at Bender's (19th/S. Van Ness) for more beer and vegan "fish" tacos will occur.
Philz Coffee Rollout (see below)
Philz Coffee:
(24th st and Folsom) A popular alternate to Ritual Roasters for Bayways rollouts; used especially frequently in conjuction with the "Bayshore Express" variation. Located here.
Panhandle Peet's Rollout (see above)


Ritual Roasters Rollout (Valencia between 22nd and 21st). This is the usual meeting point for a Bayway departure. Located here.


Some Riders Left Behind. That is, a fast ride with likely casualties, so everyone should know the route. SRLBs are often record attempts.
Steady Pace:
97% effort with no attacks and smooth paceline transitions (i.e., no accelerating when taking the front), the goal being to pound your riding buddies into submission and shame which comes from cruelly allowing them to draft you but dropping them anyway, shattering their sense of self-worth.
sprints-with-regroups (also denoted sometimes as shenanigans, youthful indiscretions, chicanery, hi-jinks, or tomfoolery)


Team Time Trial Tuesday - if decreed, the pace will be as fast as at least 4 people can maintain.


Underpass of Broken Bottles & Dreams - this is the bike path under the 101 just off Chavez via the 76 station. Expect an informal congress of freelance recyclers, some of which, due to exuberance, may have lost contact with one or more articles of their trade... often a bottle.


Bayway, in reverse. For this ride, the meetup point is usually the San Mateo restroom/dogpark stop, since most Yawyab regulars work near there (Foster City, San Mateo, etc.)