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It looks like and are consistently used to mean the same thing (pedaling exercise). I think the tags should be merged (all instance of one changed and one made a synonym of the other).

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To me, "cycling" sounds more sports-oriented whereas "biking" has a more recreational meaning. In the realm of Fitness though, the terms don't appear to have any major distinctions in their use. I imagine any future questions on this subject will fall into improving technique or performance much like the currently tagged questions do.

I'm in favor of merging the two tags and am leaning more towards merging biking into cycling. I would also throw into this mix even though there are no questions tagged as such.

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    Probably the best word is "bicycling" with "cycling", "biking", "spinning" and "bicycle" as possible synonyms. – freiheit Jan 25 '12 at 16:06
  • I dissent on spinning, since my understanding is that the activity is stationary and includes much more control over resistance and speed than bicycling over distance, subject to the whims of geography. – Dave Liepmann Jan 25 '12 at 16:42
  • @freiheit Does "mountain biking" fall under cycling? I think of extreme sports, but I don't know how that related to the realm of what "cycling" entails. – Matt Chan Jan 31 '12 at 2:30
  • @MattChan: Yes, mountain biking is a kind of cycling, but it's entirely possible to have different fitness concerns around it than, say, road cycling. – freiheit Feb 1 '12 at 21:16
  • @freiheit As a minimum, I'll go ahead and merge the "biking" and "cycling" into "bicycling" since you, Dave, and I are in agreement. If the other words come up, we can deal with those later. – Matt Chan Feb 2 '12 at 13:41
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I agree, but do not have the requisite answer score within those tags to suggest the change. I guess we need more bike questions.

  • The reality on most SE sites is that a moderator has to do the tag merge/synonym stuff. – freiheit Jan 25 '12 at 16:03

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