Forum/Cycling Acronyms and Abbreviations

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Since this is Beginners and a good few people here will likely be just starting out with cycling, and perhaps even forum chatting, I thought it might be a good idea to compile a list of commonly used acronyms that you might expect to find on CycleChat:

AAMOF - As a matter of fact
AASHTA - as always Sheldon has the answer
ACF - Another cycling forum
AFAIC - As far as I'm concerned
AFAICT - As far as I can tell
AFAIK - As far as I know
ASJT - Another Subtle Joke Trampled
ASL - Advanced stop lines
BR -
BRB - Be right back
BSO - Bike shaped object
BTSIDIGTTS - been there seen it done it got the tee shirt
BTW - By the way
C+ - Cycling Plus
FWIW- For what it's worth
FYI - For your information
HTH - Hope this helps
IIRC - If I remember correctly
IKWUM - I know what you mean
IME - In my experience
IMHO - In my humble opinion
IOW - In other words
ITYFIABMCTT - I Think You'll Find It's A Bit More Complicated Than That
KWIM - Know what I mean
LBS - Local bike shop
LOL - Lots of laughs / Laughing out loud / Laughing on-line
MTB - Mountain Bike
NN2R - No need to reply
NSFW - Not safe for work
OMFG - Oh my f***ing god!
OP - Original post / Original poster (First post in a thread / Person who posted it)
OT - Off topic (a thread that doesn't match the content of the forum/site)
OTOH - On the other hand
PMSL - Peeing myself laughing
RLJ - Red light jumper
ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling on floor laughing my ass off
RTFM - Read the f***ing manual
SMIDSY - Sorry mate I didn't see you
STW - Single track world
TBH - To be honest
TIA - thanks in advance
TNX or TXS - Thanks
TTFN - Ta-ta for now
WTG - Way to go
WVM - White van man
YACF - Yet Another Cycling Forum
YSR - Yeah, sure, right
FFS - For f**ks sake
WTF - What the f**k
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Keith Oates

Penarth, Wales
IIRC = If I remember correctly


New Member
SMIDSY - "sorry mate i didnt see you"


New Member
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacture.

The components, forks, wheels etc... that come on off-the-shelf bikes. Often (but not always) they tend to be of inferior quality to that of the items brought separately. Check out Marzocchi's suspension forks, the MZ range are OEM, the MX are their 'buy separately' equivalent. Shimano components seem to be the same though you don't get the box or fitting instructions with the OEM stuff.
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