'Cycling' will be more inclusive to other activities that are sufficiently closely related to 'bicycles' and/or 'bicycling' but are often considered distinct, e.g. unicycling, tricycles, quadracycles, different kinds of scooters.

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    Good to see you've checked things out for ... 17 days before making a radical change suggestion :-)
    – andy256
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 2:56
  • Cycle and Cycling are generic terms with many meanings other than Bicycle related. Cycling would generate more Google hits - but always from people after bicycle information.
    – mattnz
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 23:47

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Nah - pretty much anyone who rides something esoteric will have ridden a conventional bicycle too.

Also users find SE by search engine, and google knows us by name.

Finally, ngram suggests that bicycle is a more common word than cycle.

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Perhaps a cname or some other kind of redirect would be useful, but a site rename is not.

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    This graph is somewhat misleading because the word "cycle" is used in many other contexts, and easily outweighs bicycle (which has only one main meaning)
    – Criggie Mod
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 1:44
  • I agree. If people are going to use SE, they should be able to find the closest appropriate SE for uni/tri cycling or have their questions migrated here (the number of unicylists and tricyclists are much smaller than bicyclists, so this would be relatively infrequent anyway).
    – Batman
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 1:52
  • A more frequently used word is NOT necessarily a logically better name.
    – qazwsx
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 8:33

Problem is that would include motor cycle.

  • Such can be clarified and redirected to mechanics.stackexchange.com since they are motorized.
    – qazwsx
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 1:16
  • @qazwsx So it can be redirected. Does make it a proper decision. I can drive a dump truck to work.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 1:52

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