What is the collective noun for a group of bicycles?

If a group of bicycles has riders, then the obvious answer is a peloton, or we could adopt the Italian term grupetto to name them collectively, but these terms really belong to the grand tours.

Cycling in London, and I suspect in other cities, you often find yourself at traffic junctions, waiting for the lights in a green box, perhaps a group of city cyclists could be called a ‘box of’ or ‘boxful’.

Then what about just bicycles without a cyclist? What would be the best term for the ‘collection’ of bikes you fantasise about owning? If we were talking about cars, you may refer to your fantasy garage. As a cyclist I have a fantasy shed, but this isn’t entirely satisfactory.

I’ve searched the internet, and although there does not seem to be a definitive answer, there are plenty of suggestions…

A stable of bicycles – similar to my idea of ‘a shed of’, I guess it depends where you live (although I don’t have either)

A murmuring of bicycles– I have Chris King hubs, so maybe I would have to swap this for ‘a loud murmuring of’ or ‘a buzz of’

A chain of bicycles– very apt, I like the idea of owning my own chain gang

An overdraft of bicycles– only too true

A spin of bicycles – sounds a little casual for some

A quiver of bicycles – I believe a quiver is for surfers, ‘a quiver of boards’

A fleet of bicycles – this is my default term

A bike park of – this sounds too much  like a shared affair for me

What gets your vote? More suggestions welcome.


16 thoughts on “What is the collective noun for a group of bicycles?

  1. My first choice is a “stable” of bicycles because of the natural-to-me analogy to riding horses for transportation or adventure. I also like “chain” of bicycles because it’s more cycling specific, at least to me.

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