Cycling Terminology: 100+ Words to Describe Your Bike in Spanish
How would you talk about your bike in Spanish?
Imagine that you’re in Mexico vacationing and you want to rent a bike, or that you go on a singletrack in Spain, then your bike breaks down and you need help. What would you do in this situation?
In this article I’ll explain how to talk about your bike in Spanish and why you should learn cycling vocabulary in your target language. I’ll also introduce you to the world of Hispanic cycling, mountain biking in Spanish, and a comprehensive list of nouns, adjectives, and verbs related to your bike in Spanish.
How to Talk About Your Bike in Spanish
It doesn’t matter if you’re a cycling fan, a bike enthusiast, or just a dad fixing your daughter’s bicycle, if you have a bike you will need to talk about it at some point. But, how would you talk about your bike in Spanish?
As with every other subject and area of life, cycling has its own specific terms in Spanish which are important for you to learn and familiarize yourself with. As you’ll see, many of them are the same or very similar to the English words, but there are many others that are completely original Spanish words and you’ll need to study them to include them in your vocabulary.
Why You Should Learn Cycling Vocabulary in Spanish
Learning cycling vocabulary in Spanish is important for quite a few reasons. First, because it’s just one more part of learning Spanish. While you keep progressing on your Spanish skills, you need to keep adding new vocabulary from different areas of life, for example basketball, math, or cycling.
Secondly, there’s always the possibility of you visiting a Spanish-speaking country in the future, either on a vacation break or on a professional assignment, and if you’re a true cycling enthusiast, odds are that you’ll need to talk about your bike in Spanish.
Bike in Spanish
When I say “bike in Spanish,” I’m referring to the whole world of cycling and bicycles in the Spanish speaking world. So, let’s take a deep look at it.
The Hispanic World of Cycling
Actually, the Vuelta a España is one of three main events in professional cycling (together with the Tour du France and the Giro d’Italia). So, undoubtedly cycling is a big thing in Spain and, in consequence, the vocabulary about your bike in Spanish is extensive and well-developed.
In the professional world of cycling, Spain is one of the powerhouse nations, while Colombia has a long tradition of producing excellent mountain riders. So, let’s meet some of the main Hispanic names in the history of cycling:
- Miguel Induráin – Spain (Tour du France 5-time winner 1991-1995)
- Alberto Contador – Spain (Tour du France 2-time winner 2007, 2009)
- Egan Bernal – Colombia (Tour du France winner 2019)
- Carlos Sastre – Spain (Tour du France winner 2008)
- Oscar Pereiro – Spain (Tour du France winner 2006)
- Pedro Delgado – Spain (Tour du France winner 1988)
- Nairo Quintana – Colombia (Giro d’Italia winner 2014, Vuelta a España winner 2016, Tour du France runner-up 2013, 2015)
- Raul Alcala – Mexico ((Tour DuPont winner 1990, 1993 and Vuelta a Asturias winner 1990)
- Manuel Youshimatz – Mexico (Olympic Bronze medal Los Angeles 1984)
Professional Cycling Vocabulary
Let’s learn now some Spanish vocabulary about professional cycling and road riding.
|El jersey amarillo||Yellow jersey|
|la contrarreloj||Time trial|
|la clasificación general||standings|
|El capitán del equipo||Team captain|
|La etapa reina||Queen stage|
Mountain Bikes in Spanish
Mountain biking is a world in itself and, as such, it has its own specific terms, both in English and in Spanish. Let’s learn some of the main ones:
|La bicicleta de montaña||Mountain bike|
|El ciclismo de montaña||Mountain biking|
|El sendero angosto||singletrack|
|El rey de la montaña||King of the Mountain (KOM)|
|La reina de la montaña||Queen of the Mountain (QOM)|
|La fibra de carbono||Carbon fiber|
|La horquilla de suspensión||Suspension fork|
|El amortiguador||Shock absorber|
|El estilo libre||freestyle|
|El BMX (bimex)||BMX (Bicycle Moto Cross)|
Bike-related Nouns in Spanish
Once we explored the worlds of professional road cycling and mountain biking, let’s learn some specific nouns related to your bike in Spanish:
|El asiento, el sillín||seat, saddle|
|La llanta, |
|El rin,La rueda||wheel|
|El manubrio, el manillar||handlebar|
|La palanca de cambios||bicycle shifter, gear control|
|La palanca de freno||brake control|
|Los platos y bielas||crankset|
|La luz delantera||front light|
|La luz trasera||back light|
|El mango||bar grip|
|El radio, El rayo||spoke|
|El portabicicletas, La parrilla||bicycle rack|
|La transmisión||drivetrain system|
|El guardabarros, La salpicadera||mudguard|
|La llave Allen||allen wrench|
|Las zapatillas||bike shoes|
|La bomba (de aire)||pump|
|La velocidad||speed, gear|
|La cumbre||top (of a hill)|
|la ciclovía, |
el carril bici
|bicycle path,cycle lane|
|La ponchadura, el pinchazo||puncture|
|La bicicleta de ruta||route bicycle|
|La bicicleta de pista||track bicycle|
|La bicicleta de carreras||race bicycle|
|La bicicleta eléctrica||electric bicycle|
|La bicicleta plegable||foldable bicycle|
|La bicicleta de paseo||cruiser bicycle|
Bike-related Adjectives in Spanish
Now, let’s study a few bike-related adjectives so you can better express how you feel about your bike in Spanish:
Bike-related Verbs in Spanish
Last but not least, let’s learn some of the most common verbs used to talk about cycling and your bike in Spanish:
|acelerar||To speed up|
|caerse||To fall (oneself)|
|Cambiar (velocidad)||To change (gear)|
|Inflar (la llanta)||To blow up (the tyre)|
|Fugarse (del pelotón)||To breakaway (from the pellet)|
|Lubricar, engrasar||To lubricate|
Ride Your Bike and Practice Your Spanish!
Now you know not only some of the most useful vocabulary about your bike in Spanish, but also a little bit about the world of Hispanic cyclism and mountain biking. The best thing about it, is that now you can ride your bike and practice your Spanish at the same time!
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