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How do you say “derailleur” in French?

By Dominique Blachon, RUSA#4760

On your way to France to roam the roads between Paris and Brittany this summer? The locals, strangely enough, speak a funky dialect that bears precious little resemblance to English, and communication can be a bit of a challenge. Fear not, though: most people do speak a bit of English, and will be more than willing to try to help you out - as long as you approach them with a smile and a friendly attitude. A bit of French on your part, a bit of English on their part, a lot of wild hand-waving and miming on both sides, and it will all work out.

An added challenge is the specific terminology that you might need to describe a bike-specific issue. The list below will help you gather a very basic vocabulary if you need to get some TLC  for your bike. This list will be kept, and expanded, on the SIR website: go to seattlerando.org and navigate to the PBP FAQ.  For an extensive English-French glossary, which inspired in good part this list, you can also refer to Sheldon Brown’s website at sheldonbrown.com/eng-fren.html. Send me feedback from the SIR website, and I’ll add your suggestions to this list.

And if you have a roaming data plan on your phone, Internet is your friend, for instance Google and Bing now offer a voice translator that will get you out of trouble (sometimes pretty hilariously, though...)

 

The Bike

Allen wrench

clé B.T.R.

clé Allen

axle (bottom bracket)

axe de pédalier

bag

sacoche

ball bearing

roulement à billes

battery (AA, etc.)

pile

battery (rechargeable)

batterie

bicycle

bicyclette

vélo

bécane (slang)

bolt

boulon

bottom bracket

jeu de pédalier

brake

frein

brake lever

levier de frein

brake pad (disk brake)

plaquette de frein

brake pad (rim brake)

patin de frein

cable

câble

cable housing

gaine

cassette

cassette

chain

chaîne

chain ring

plateau

cleat

cale

clipless pedals

pédales automatiques

crank

manivelle

crankset

pédalier

derailleur

dérailleur

drop out

patte

dynamo

générateur

dynamo

fender

garde boue

fender stay

tringle de garde-boue

flat tire

crevaison

fork

fourche

fork end

patte

frame

cadre

freewheel

roue libre

front shifter

dérailleur avant

grease

graisse

handlebar

guidon

handlebar bag

sac de guidon

handlebar tape

guidoline

ruban de guidon

headset

jeu de direction

hub

moyeu

inner tube

chambre à air

jockey wheel

galet de dérailleur

light

éclairage avant (front)

éclairage arrière (rear)

lock

antivol

lubricate

lubrifier (v)

magnet

aimant

nut

écrou

oil

huile

pannier

sacoche

patch

rustine (R)

patch kit

nécessaire de réparation

pedal wrench

clé à pédale

pliers

pince

pump

pompe

quick release

blocage rapide

rack

porte-bagages

reflector

catadioptre

rim

jante

rim tape

fond de jante

saddle

selle

screw

vis

screwdriver

tournevis

seat post

tige de selle

shift lever

manette de vitesse

single speed

une vitesse

skewer

axe de roue

spoke

rayon

spoke nipple

écrou de rayon

spoke wrench

clé à rayons

spring

ressort

sprocket

pignon

stem

potence

strap

courroie

thread

filetage

threaded headset

jeu de direction fileté

threadless headset

jeu de direction non fileté

tire (clincher)

pneu

tire (tubular)

boyau

tire lever

démonte-pneu

toe clip

cale-pied

tooth

dent

washer

rondelle

weld (verb)

souder

wire

fil

wrench

clé

 

The Rider

 

bottle

bidon

cap

casquette

control

contrôle

croissant

croissant

cue sheet

feuille de route

glasses

lunette

glove

gant

heart monitor

cardiofréquencemètre

helmet

casque

jacket

veste

jersey

maillot

map

carte

reflectorized vest

gilet réfléchissant

shoe

chaussure

shoe cover

couvre-chaussure

shorts

cuissard

size

taille

sock

chaussette

sunglasses

lunette de soleil

sunscreen

crème solaire

tights

collants

vest

gilet

windbreaker

coupe-vent

 

The Legend

 

please

s'il vous plait

thanks

merci

hello

bonjour

good evening

bonsoir

good night

bonne nuit

bye bye

au revoir

I have a problem with…

j'ai un problème avec…

I'd like…

j'aimerais…

I need…

j'ai besoin…

I've fallen

j'ai fais une chute

and I can't get up

et je ne peux pas me relever

pace line

peloton

echelon

éventail

drafting

sucer la roue

spinning

mouliner

standing on the pedals

en danseuse

It's worn out

C'est usé

It's bent

C'est tordu

It's broken

C'est cassé

It fell off

C'est tombé

I had a blow out

J'ai un pneu éclaté

I have a flat

J'ai crevé

I'm tired

Je suis fatigué

I'm bonking

J'ai coulé une bielle

J'ai rencontré l'homme au marteau

I love it!

C'est le pied !

I love you!

Je vous aime !

Have a good ride!

Bonne route !

crash

chute

accident

accident

left

à gauche

right

à droite

front

devant

back

derrière

controller

contrôleur

control

contrôle

start

départ

finish line

arrivée

route

itinéraire

 

 

 

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