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Italian Cycling Glossary

aluminum                    

arm warmers              

axle                         

bearings                    

bolt                           

brake(s)                    

brake lever                 

bottom bracket          

cable / housing          

carbon fiber                 

cassette                      

chain

chainring

chainstay

cleat

computer

CO2 cartridge

crank

crankset

derailleur, front

derailleur, rear

down tube

dropout(s)

fork

frame

gloves

handlebar

handlebar tape

head tube

headset

helmet

hub

jacket

aluminio

manicotti

perno

cuscinetti

bullone

freno(i)

leve(i) freno(i)

movimento centrale

cavo / guaina

(fibra di) carbonio

casetta, pacco pignoni

catena

corona

foderi bassi

tacchetta

computerino

bomboletta

pedivella

guarnitura

deragliatore

cambio

tubo obliquo

forcellino(i)

forcella

telaio

guanti

manubrio, curva

nastro da manubrio

tubo sterzo

serie sterzo

casco

mozzo

giacca

  English                            Italian

alè

alla ruota

ammiraglia

battistrada(e)

cotto

dai!

crisi di fame

discesa

forza

(in)fuga

GPM

gregario

gruppetto

gruppo

nella scia

occhio!

partenza

ristoro

salita

scatto

sotto!

squadra

strada

sterrato

su!

tifoso

tirare, tira!

tornante

traguardo

TV


    Italian                                             English

Italian Cycling Terms

jersey

leg warmers

nipples

pedal(s)

pump

quick release

rim

rim strip

saddle

shoe(s)

seat bag

seat post

seat tube

seat stays

shift lever

shorts

skewer

spoke(s)

sprocket

steel

stem

sunglasses

tights

tire (clincher)

tire (tubular)

titanium

top tube

tread (of a tire)

tube (of a ture)

vest

water bottle

water bottle cage

wheel

  English                            Italian

maglia (pronounced mahl yah)

gamballi

nippli

pedal(i)

pompa, pompetta

bloccaggio rapido

cerchio

flap (pronounced flop)

sella

scarpa(e)

borsetta

reggisella

tubo sella

fodere

leve cambio

pantoloncini

bloccaggio

raggio(i)

cassetta, pacco pignoni

acciaio

attacco, pipa

occhiali da sole

calzamaglia

copertone

tubulare

titanio

tubo superiore

battistrada

camera d'aria

giubotto, gilet

borraccia

porta borraccia

ruota

allez! go!

on the wheel

team car (lit. flagship, i.e., the admiral's ship)

breakaway riders

cooked

give (it all you've got)

hunger crisis, bonk

descent, discesa pericolosa means dangerous descent

forza, lit. force, strength

lit. in flight, on a breakaway

gran premio montagna, where mountain points are awarded

team rider

the "laughing group," i.e., those just trying to make the time cut

the main pack, also a component group

in the slipstream

lit. "eye," as in look out! In the Veneto language it is ocio, pron. ocho

start

feed zone

climb

jump, as in a sudden hard effort to escape from the group

under, as in, get on that wheel!

team

road

unpaved

up! get up there!

a fan...the word fan is also used, as in "fans club" (sic)

to pull, pull!

switchback

finish line

traguardo volante, prime line on a race course

Viva (often seen written on roads)