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    More "How do you pronounce"

    Many words I thought I knew I sometimes find I'm wrong. Possibly too much heads-down study and not enough social interaction (and forum interaction doesn't reinforce correct pronunciation). Thought I'd double check on a few.. So, how does one correctly pronounce:

    Mavic (MA-vic, MAY-vic, ..)
    Selle (SEE-lee, SEL-ee, SEL, SEEL, ..)
    Sapim (SAY-pim, SA-pim, ..)
    Topeak (TOW-peak, TWO-peak, TA-peak, ..)
    Zefal (ZEE-fal, ..)
    SRAM (ES-ram, SRAM, ..)
    Giro
    Sidi (SID-ee, SEE-dee, ..)

    other common ones I'm missing?

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    Panniers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim
    Panniers?
    already discussed:
    How do you pronounce panniers

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    Excellent idea for a thread! I find I have the same problem... a lot of terms I only come across in print & therefore have to guess at correct pronunciation.

    I have more questions than answers.

    I'm pretty sure Giro is JI-row (rymes with pyro, soft "g" sound... maybe a play on "gyroscope"?) at least that's how I've been reading it

    What about:
    Marin bikes (mah-RIN or MARE-in ?)
    ALEX rims (a-LEX or AL-ex ?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbg
    Mavic (MA-vic, MAY-vic, ..)
    Selle (SEE-lee, SEL-ee, SEL, SEEL, ..)
    Sapim (SAY-pim, SA-pim, ..)
    Topeak (TOW-peak, TWO-peak, TA-peak, ..)
    Zefal (ZEE-fal, ..)
    SRAM (ES-ram, SRAM, ..)
    Giro
    Sidi (SID-ee, SEE-dee, ..)
    I don't know if these are correct, but here's how I prounounce them:

    MAV-ic - similar to Mavrick, but with out the R.
    SEE-lee - like the mattress
    Toe-PEAK - like Topeka, KS
    JEER-o - like Hero but with a G insted of H
    SEE-dee

    I was told the K in mavic ksyrium was silent. True or false?
    Bontrager - it's Bon-TRY-ger not BONT-Roger as I've heard it before.
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    Motobecane = moe-tow-buh-KHAN?
    Merckx = Merks?
    Raleigh = RAW-lay or Rally?
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    I say:

    Mavic (MA-vic) ... short A sound (edit: this is an acronym - so I guess no pronunciation rules)
    Selle (SEL) ... it is (edit: French)... the first e sounds like the e in bed, e at the end is silent.
    Sapim (SA-pim) ... another short A sound
    Topeak (TAH-peek) ... union of the words Top and Peak?
    Zefal (ZEH-fall) ... short E sound
    SRAM (SRAM) ... it's an acronym that can be said like a word, eg: NASA?
    Giro (J-eero) ... like the G in Giovanni
    Sidi (SEE-dee) ... more Italian words... both i's sound the same
    Raleigh (RAH-leh) ... but here in NC certain folks say RAW-a-lee, stretching it out to 3 syllables
    Last edited by Ч; 03-19-05 at 06:42 AM.

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    cycling is an international sport, most popular in europe

    if you're an american like me, you're bound to mispronounce stuff, I'm sure europeans mispronouce stuff from different countries as well

    don't sweat it, even if you cover every word on this list you'll still come up with more

    Just do like I do, when I call the LBS "Yeah, do you guys carry, hmm I guess it's 'Orbea' bikes"

    lbs: "Yeah, we carry orr-bay-eh, what are you looking for"

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    bottom line: if you're worried about sounding "uncool" -get over it, everyone mispronounces things, and as long as you preface it ("I guess you'd say" "Hows this said") it's fine. If you try and act too cool for school, you'll probably make an ass of yourself anyways

    and yes, k in kysriums is silent, but I still say "kuh-sear-ee-um" in my head when I see the word.

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZackJones
    ...it's Bon-TRY-ger not BONT-Roger ...
    Is that ... ger ... as in tiger or german?

    d.tipton

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    from 'questions' @ bontrager.com

    Q. How do you pronounce Bontrager?
    A. We get that a lot!
    Bon -- Bon-fire
    -tra -- Tra-gic
    -ger -- Grrr

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    What about peloton... (is is pey lo ton or pel o ton)
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ч
    I say:

    Mavic (MA-vic) ... short A sound
    Selle (SEL-eh) ... it is Italian... both e's sound the same, like the e in bed
    Sapim (SA-pim) ... another short A sound
    Topeak (TAH-peek) ... union of the words Top and Peak?
    Zefal (ZEH-fall) ... short E sound
    SRAM (SRAM) ... it's an acronym that can be said like a word, eg: NASA?
    Giro (J-eero) ... like the G in Giovanni
    Sidi (SEE-dee) ... more Italian words... both i's sound the same
    Raleigh (RAH-leh) ... but here in NC certain folks say RAW-a-lee, stretching it out to 3 syllables
    From the Mavic website (http://www.mavic.com/servlet/srt/mavic/mavi-hist?lg=uk), I learned that the name is actually an acronym for "Manufacture dArticles Vlocipdiques Idoux et Chanel", which is translated as "Idoux & Chanels Manufactory of Articles for Velocipedes".

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    Hmm, and I kinda assumed it was a Slavic name, like from former Yugoslavia.

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    Typical things you North Americans struggle with:
    Pronunciation
    Road Rage
    Dogs
    Lycra
    Team Jerseys

    God, am I glad I upgraded to Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    What about peloton... (is is pey lo ton or pel o ton)
    pel-o-ton

    Marin bikes (mah-RIN or MARE-in ?)
    I'm fairly sure it's mah-RIN

    Merckx = Merks?
    Correct

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    derailleur?

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    Motobecane? Moe - tow - be - cane? And I'm really unsure of what syllable has the emphasis.

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    I'm convinced people who pronounce Dura-Ace "doo-rah-chee" subconsciously desire Campagnolo parts! What's LBS stand for?
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    Pie -- "Py"
    "Somewhere in the world, someone is quoting something you don't even remember saying."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiss Hoser
    Typical things you North Americans struggle with:
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    Dogs
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    Team Jerseys

    God, am I glad I upgraded to Europe.

    Ciao
    Grsse
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    Kindest regards
    And you picked a country with four languages...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard
    I'm fairly sure it's mah-RIN
    The locals assure me that it's more of a ma-RIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-o
    derailleur?
    I like Sheldon Brown's abandonment of the French spelling (and presumably pronunciation) in favor of derailer. BTW, shouldn't it more appropriately be RE-railer. Sounds more optimistic to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F=MA
    Motobecane? Moe - tow - be - cane? And I'm really unsure of what syllable has the emphasis.
    I have always assumed: MOW-tow-ba-CAHN

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbg
    Many words I thought I knew I sometimes find I'm wrong. Possibly too much heads-down study and not enough social interaction (and forum interaction doesn't reinforce correct pronunciation). Thought I'd double check on a few.. So, how does one correctly pronounce:

    Mavic (MA-vic, MAY-vic, ..)
    Selle (SEE-lee, SEL-ee, SEL, SEEL, ..)
    Sapim (SAY-pim, SA-pim, ..)
    Topeak (TOW-peak, TWO-peak, TA-peak, ..)
    Zefal (ZEE-fal, ..)
    SRAM (ES-ram, SRAM, ..)
    Giro
    Sidi (SID-ee, SEE-dee, ..)

    other common ones I'm missing?
    My preferences are

    May-Vic
    Sell-uh
    Sa-pim
    Tow-peak
    Zeefal
    Sram
    Gee-row
    See-dee


    ... I want someone to tell me how to pronounce colnago!!!!

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    zay-fahl...IT'S FRENCH!
    Wesolowski - weh-zo-LAO-skee (my last name - everyone asks, and I thought I'd just throw that out there...)
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