8 Cycling Terms You’re Pronouncing Wrong

Untie your tongue with our bike-themed pronunciation guide.


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Untie your tongue with our bike-themed pronunciation guide. – By Bicycling Staff

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Photograph by James Startt/Voigt, Jeff Singer/Vos

Rear Derailleur

Say “derailer” not “derailyer”
The bike part that moves the chain from cog to cog. You might not think about it until it’s ripped off by an evil rock.

Jens Voigt

It depends on the accent. The man himself says “Voght”, we can get away with “Voyt”
The bike rider with no legs. At least not any that he’ll listen to.

Marianne Vos

Say “Mariana” not “Mary Anne”
Maybe the greatest bike racer of all time (sorry, Eddy).

Pannier

Say “panyer” not “paneer”
A rear wheel-mounted beer carrier. Often spotted in pairs.

Chamois

Say “shammy” not “shamwah” (unless you’re in France)
The padded part of your shorts that makes riding long distances bearable.

Madone

Say “madohn” not “madonay”
Trek’s aero race bike and the weapon of choice for Jens Voigt.

Wilier

Say “vee-lee-air” not “willy-er”
The brand behind the award-winning superbike.

Puncheur

Say “puncher” not “punshyoor”
A powerful rider who excels on short climbs–with sharp bursts or attacks.

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