Cycling unbridled

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Cycling unbridled

Postby SpaceCaptainTheodore » 12 Aug 2019, 12:26pm

Yesterday I took my first solo ride out in six months, having been schlepping up and down the local countryside with a trailer and child exclusively.

Apart from the fact that I no longer know how to handle an unweighted bike, it was utterly amazing. I would liken it to having a third lung and maybe an extra half a leg on each side. Maybe a higher-volume ribcage with extra room for the heart to rattle around in.

Having no one else around at work today, I thought I'd inflict my incautious enthusiasm on the denizens of this forum instead. I've felt a similar effect after short tours before and, so, would assume the people of this parish have, in the past, slapped gravity in the face once freed and generally know the feeling.

My question, though, is what on Earth to call this. I've been playing with some portmanteau constructions and they're all rubbish. So, please, whip out that thesaurus or make some use of that English degree (finally!) and help me find the word I need.

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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby Mike Sales » 12 Aug 2019, 2:00pm

There is a similar delightful and disconcerting effect when you continue walking uphill after taking off a heavy rucksack.
I cannot think of a word for it.

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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby Vorpal » 12 Aug 2019, 2:29pm

It is a little like the Kohnstamm phenomenon, which is the scientific description of the involuntary contraction of muscles after they have been working at something. The best known example is when you press the backs of your hands against a door frame, using the muscles that lift your arms. If you do so for long enough, when you walk away, your arms will lift automatically.

I'd be surprised if German doesn't have a word for it.
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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby SpaceCaptainTheodore » 12 Aug 2019, 2:31pm

Oh yes, when you feel spring-limbed and have that slight sensation of having come back from a long sea-voyage.

I'm sure the Germans must have an outrageously unwieldy yet satisfyingly precise term for it.

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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby SpaceCaptainTheodore » 12 Aug 2019, 2:33pm

Ah cross-posted with Vorpal there.

Kohnstamm is a new concept to me - that'll be a fruitful avenue for tonights mindless procrastination!

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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby gaz » 12 Aug 2019, 7:35pm

SpaceCaptainTheodore wrote:My question, though, is what on Earth to call this.

It is certainly a selcouth feeling, although that remains a generalisation.
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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby Grandad » 12 Aug 2019, 9:29pm

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Not the lightest setup. Unloaded everything at B&B and rode it solo to the nearest shop. It felt like the lightest of track bikes!

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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby horizon » 12 Aug 2019, 10:27pm

Mike Sales wrote:There is a similar delightful and disconcerting effect when you continue walking uphill after taking off a heavy rucksack.
I cannot think of a word for it.


Relief?
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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Aug 2019, 5:19am

Entlastungsverschlimmbesserung

Just made that up, means: getting better and worse at once when the load is removed :wink:

Not sure what is worse, going faster could increase danger, but I am proud of my new word. The effect could be like getting an electric bike, plusminus?
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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby Mike Sales » 13 Aug 2019, 6:04pm

horizon wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:There is a similar delightful and disconcerting effect when you continue walking uphill after taking off a heavy rucksack.
I cannot think of a word for it.


Relief?


Well yes, relief, but also your muscles miscalculate the exertion needed to raise your body, now it is lighter. It is an odd feeling, for a few steps.

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Re: Cycling unbridled

Postby foxyrider » 14 Aug 2019, 1:59pm

euphoria?
Convention? what's that then?
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