New Term GALLOWS (new to me)

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  1. #1 Posted May 16, 2018

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    there is two of them for sale
     
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  5. #5 Posted May 16, 2018

    I live for the CABE

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    "Gallows" is the traditional British term for this type of seat post, stemming from the similarity in shape to a "gibbet" as illustrated by @hoofhearted above.
    Interestingly, an old synonym for "Gallows" is "Potence", which is French for stem. Search eBay France for potence de guidon and you will find handlebar stems a plenty!
    Looking into the Cabe archives, this name has popped up in the past.
    Just be thankful that you don't have to talk of mounting your saddle on a 'Tyburn Tree'.
    English language, often befuddling, even to initiates!
     
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