As you all may know, we’ve come up with several nicknames for the members of our team. Not all of our members actually have them yet (you have to earn them!). Here is the story behind our nicknames:
“Mudge” – Ann Marie Well, if you know Annie, you already know how to do the “Annie Clap” or more recently, the “REVERSE Annie Clap.” You want to do it. Go ahead. Mudge was the last name of the little girl in the movie “Annie” – Her name was “Ann Marie Mudge” – If you’ve met this smart, beautiful woman, you’ll notice that she’s as innocent and pure as “Annie” herself.
“Weeble” – Christa S. Christa joined us on a trip in 2013 where she didn’t have a bike. Unfortunately, she was a little too short for it and did quite a bit of wobbling. Since “Wobbles” was already taken, Weeble seemed in order. Weeble is one of Skinny’s many (12) siblings.
“Happy” Kathy S.
We’ve all had ‘one of those days.’ Kathy’ was not in the best of moods one day, so she just earned the nickname “Happy.” – It seemed to have stuck. Another one of Skinny’s siblings. Kathy rides a Bianchi road bike with a rack and touring tires (converted road bike).
“Mushroom” – Jeff M.
Mushroom got his nickname from eating and educating us on all the local plant life in the area! Mushroom rides a TerraTrike!
“Killer” Eric S. He’s a little scary when you read his emails, but Eric is fun to tour with nonetheless. Harmless chap.
“Wobbles” – Max Stephens Wobbles is Gumby’s youngest son. He rides a converted mountain bike with internal shifting. Max tends to stray on the path a bit, hence the name.
“Gumby” – Eric Stephens, Jr.
Since ‘Pokey’ was taken, so we picked the next best thing – Gumby! Seems as though we have a few slow pokers out there! Pokey rides a KMX Tornado Trike.
“Sparkles” – Lori C.
Her bike is completely brilliant with colors and stickers and lights up at night. In addition, she wears these sparkly shirts and clothing. You can’t miss Lori on a bike!
“Shortie” – Fred T. Fred is the tallest man I know. At a height of 6′ 9″, you can see why he got the nickname. Coined by Crash (Shortie + Crash = <3)
“Zig Zag” – Zackary B. Another version of “wobbles or weebles” Zig Zag mimics the pattern on the trail that he follows 🙂 – (Youngest son of Bean)
“Forrest” – Debbie K. Probably embarrassing for her, we caught Debbie sprinting toward the bathroom one morning and someone yelled out, “Run, Forrest, Run!”
“The Sail” – Sean H.
Sean is a very tall guy! When you draft off him, it’s like having a sail in front of you (Coined by Crash)
“Crash” – Christine S.
Self explanitory – Crash never got used to clipless pedals. She forgets to clip-out, so she falls. She’s had some pretty serious injuries over the years, so we stay far away. Some of them were truly funny though. Definelty earned her name. (Coined by Bean)
“Knuckles” – Al W.
Like myself, Al rides a low-rider recumbent bike. His knuckles drag the ground if he drops his arm. He has actually been seen moving debris out of the way for other riders (Thanks Knuckles!). (Coined by Bean)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Tom D. Tom looks just like the late actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Yes, we say the whole name.
“Flats” – Jeff D.
No one has had worse luck with flat tires than Jeff. He holds the team record for most in one day (four) during the ALS ride in 2009. I’ve never seen an angry side to him, but that day it definetly came out. As long as Jeff keeps getting flats, we seem to have good luck with ours. Keep up the good work! (coined by Crash)
“Skinny Steve” – Steve S.
Steve is a very skinny little man. But you have to feed him several times during a ride. Where do you put all that food, man? (coined by Rob.)
“The Hamster” – Colleen L.
In your rear view mirror, you can sometimes see Colleen’s candence so high, that she resembles a hamster on a wheel. The legs are moving so fast, and the bike seems to be going a little slower. This doesnt happen anymore, but that’s how she got her nickname. (Coined by Crash)
“Sissy” – Chris M.
During a Medford/Shamong ride, Crash called Chris “Sissy Chrissy” – Not really sure how this one came to be, but it stuck.
“Roach” – Jim R.
This one is a total mystery to me, but it stuck somehow. I know he’s not using any illegal substances, so I’ll have to research this one a little further.
“Gadget” – Joe F. The only Bikepacker I know that would take out an iPad and say that it was weighing him down. I think that was all he was carrying. Complete with solar chargers, iPhones, iChargers, iFires, iBikes, iEverything.
“Do-Hickey” – Don O. Don is a master of all gizmos and gadgets. His bike had home made meters from outer space. Don rides a Cannondale city bike – but we all think he got it from Jupiter. Married to the Professor.
“The Professor” – Nancy O.
Perhaps the smartest woman I’ve ever ridden with, Nancy “The Professor” would stop us along the trail and teach us about plants, history and more. She was a wonderfully bright woman with smiles to go with her smarts!
“Howdy Doodie” – Jim W. According to legend (records do not go back that far), Jim W. looked like Howdie Doodie as a kid, and this has haunted him for a long time. Welcome new member, Jim, aka, Howdie Doodie.
“Baconator” – Odie B. Odie is a great cook when BikePacking – He’s got the coolest food toys, tools and tastes! When you smell BACON, it’s Odie cooking!
“Blinky” – Pete B. Pete is an avid taste-tester of Monster drinks. Several of them a day. He drinks so many of them, he simply doesn’t blink. Hence the name.
“Swoot” – Steve Wooton
Swoot had his name before Bikepacking – Too many Steve’s in the office, so we started going by his email address SWooton, which was deemed too long so he became Swoot! (Coined by Skinny)
“The Bean” – Rob B. Okay, certainly not self proclaimed, but I was given this nickname a while back when we first formed the team. Crash had noted that I looked like “Mr. Bean” when i smiled. Frankly, I don’t see it. However, this name is two-fold: I have had some “during the ride” flatulence on occasion, so it meant more than just a Rowan Atkinson look-alike.