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    Why is a handcycle called a Slider?

    Or does the term slider apply to other 'non-traditional' cycles (e.g. recumbents) as well?

    I was at a big event a few days ago (Bike the Bay 2012 in San Diego) with over 3000 riders, and I was the only handcyclist - more than one person referred to me/my handcycle as a slider, e.g., "Hey, we have a slider here...." The tones was very friendly; i.e., no resentment toward a someone who was different.

    I know that the slang 'slider' typically refers to a greasy burger (old Navy slang), but with respect to handcycles??? Anyone know the significance, application or history of a 'slider' in this case?

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    You peeked my curiosity so I did some googling and found no specific answer, but maybe "slider" because of transferring - hand cyclists slide to mount???
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    Referred to as a slider as I think the back (plastic) wheels slide out if you corner fast enough...(which you hopefully won't do on a handcycle!!)
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    maybe slider=trike then?
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    Thanks Gordy - that makes sense.

    Lin - that may be the case, so the term would apply to the recumbents as well.

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    My wife just commented the other day about people reaction to the handcycle. People generally like it. Kids often shout out "cool" or "I want one of those".

    Her comment came after we just passed someone on a giant trike. An older adult. My wife said the handcycle is cooler than other three wheelers since it in some ways looks like a "Big Wheel"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleonin View Post
    Thanks Gordy - that makes sense.

    Lin - that may be the case, so the term would apply to the recumbents as well.
    That does make sense!
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