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  • Care to explain your choice of username?
  • There are a lot of exotically named people on this forum.
    I’m curious as to how / why people choose these names.

    So, lets have an explanation….

    I’ll go first. Near where I live there is a community nature park , in the middle of which is a pond, Perchy Pond. (maybe there’s a lot of Perch in it, I dunno.)

    This is where I ride my bike if i’m out for a quick evening ride.

    A few years back there were numerous sightings of a large black cat in the area which became known as the Perchy Panther.



    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider

    Spur of the moment thing when the site got re launched after “The Hack”.



    Mine’s a boring one:

    My parents called me Paul.

    I run (when I’m not doing a job that actually pays the bills) Ride The World cycling holidays. Admittedly, it’s effectively been dormant for a few years…..perhaps I should change my user name…

    Premier Icon colournoise

    I like colour, and it relates to my education, my job and one of my passions.

    I like noise, and spent a few years making lots of it.

    Plus, for some reason I seem to remember the forum not liking my usual online name (only 3 letters – too short?)

    At least you don’t live in Port weegie or Johnstone, as previously suggested!.

    Premier Icon wwaswas

    I was weekendworrier, often abbreviated to ww.

    then I left for a couple of months

    when I came back I chose ww-as-was but dropped the hyphens.

    Premier Icon Northwind

    I’ve been northwind or a variation on the internet forever tbh. Came originally from the battletech board game, when I was about 17. And I like it tbh πŸ˜† Also gives me a convenient logo.

    [url=]IMG_2742[/url] by Northwindlowlander, on Flickr
    (half covered here but this is the only one I’ve got, that’s weird)


    My home is surrounded by them.


    Used to work with demolitions quite a bit in a previous line of work. My favorite was a Russian T-series (F knows which one) tank which we went particularly overboard with.

    I’ve lived north, south, east and west of the Ochils for 22 years.

    Premier Icon joelowden

    Northwind… can I assume then you owned a British Racing Green SV650 then ??

    Mine is very simple .. my name is Joe and I own a Lowden guitar

    Premier Icon monkeysfeet

    I have really really hairy feet πŸ˜€

    I like weak puns, self-deprecation and fluffy cuteness. And I’m generally and happily haphazard, clueless and lackadaisical about many things… but I have a PhD and have been MTBing for over 26 years, so I might also be being a touch ironic..

    Somehow I’ve written an entire allegory around it now. But probably put no thought into it whatsoever after The Great Hack re-boot, renaming event. I thought it was funny (at the time). It’s probably not though.

    It seems to make people use ‘nominative determinism’ a lot on here, which I find amusing.


    i did aeronautical engineering @ bristol and talk gibberish so it seemed appropriate.

    thisisaspoon was already taken as a yahoo username circa 2002.

    Premier Icon binners

    I live in a bin

    Our kid used to call me Bin Lid when we were at school. Then everyone just gradually started calling me Bin Lid. That sometimes became Bin Laden when he was a little known islamic troublemaker. That stopped quite abruptly on September 11th 2001. It was appropriated to Binners at some point. So everyone’s called me some derivative of Binners since I was at school. My little nieces call me Uncle Bin Lid, which is cool πŸ˜€


    It’s my name.

    (Or maybe someone else’s)


    I’ve got no imagination & my first ‘proper’ mountain bike was a 2001 Stumpjumper….

    At least you don’t live in Port weegie or Johnstone, as previously suggested!.

    Good God no!
    I have standards. (admittedly extremely low ones, but not that low) πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon theotherjonv

    i was jonv before the site hack, so i became theotherjonv afterwards

    Premier Icon sandwicheater

    My process was much like this;


    I was eating a sandwich.


    I had an acquaintance who had a speech impediment for want of a better word. He would start to call me Jim, then stop and say James. Constantly. The drunker he got the worse it became. Eventually he just merged the two together. I thought it was amusing.

    Premier Icon slowoldman

    I’ve no idea.

    Premier Icon everyone

    Thought it would be amusing back when I was a pc gamer.

    It still creates confusion occasionally on forums etc.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain

    It was a drunken typo logging into a lan game of doom 2 many years ago at uni. It stuck.

    Premier Icon sneakyg4

    I had a G3 Powermac, I wanted to upgrade to a new G4 but er’ indoors was dead set against it as it was a lot of money at the time. I bought one anyway leaving the old G3 on my desk for show and putting the new one in the cupboard next to my desk, hence I had a sneaky G4.

    The name stuck ever since.

    CB are my initials, and I used to race cars.


    I have an apendage the size of a …
    I’m fast as a …


    Premier Icon bearnecessities

    Bugger off.


    When I was a kid I rode round hanchurch woods in Staffordshire a lot.

    Premier Icon verses

    Typo of the Pearl Jam album I was listening to when I joined up with an online “talker” in the early/mid-90s and had to think up a username on the spot.

    Premier Icon ton
    Premier Icon molgrips

    I’m useful, or I’m a tool, depending on who you talk to.

    when I joined up with an online “talker” in the mid-90s

    Which one?

    Premier Icon zippykona

    Zippy is always taken so I added kona even though I’m slow and no longer own a kona.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer

    sure this has bin dun before, but tbf that thread probably got autolocked after a year.

    0 guesses what my name is
    for a hobby a fly rockets (although my job also involves rockets)

    Premier Icon honeybadgerx

    honeybadger was apparently already taken.

    Premier Icon timraven

    Tim is my first name and I’ve run a pub in Bath since 2004 called The Raven
    We even have a Mountain Bike Team, that would be Team Raven πŸ˜†

    Came a’trollin’
    CBA to change


    Coz that’s me innit … πŸ˜†

    Imagine if I call myself Chew-K-Y … 😯


    Needed a damper urgently, needed a username, had just been watching these:

    Premier Icon cheese@4p

    I’m lazy


    a because of the road club I was in
    a because I used to wear briko zen sunglasses that made me look like an alien (apparently)
    So, ashbyalien.

    Premier Icon somafunk

    Soma from one of my fav record labels soma records and also from my fav book : Aldous Huxley – Brave New World where Soma is the state-sanctioned anaesthetising drug of choice to aid with everyday ills

    “All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects….”Swallowing half an hour before closing time, that second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds.”

    ….and funk from how we used to describe that mid sunday afternoon feeling in the pub after clubbing all night at the sub club/arches/soundhaus then onto various after parties in Glasgow.

    Put the two together and you get somafunk, as in :

    I’m in a somafunk this afternoon

    Simple really.

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