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Old 03-17-05, 08:20 AM   #1
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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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Old 03-17-05, 08:29 AM   #2
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Panniers?
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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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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

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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.

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Old 03-17-05, 01:24 PM   #9
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...it's Bon-TRY-ger not BONT-Roger ...
Is that ... ger ... as in tiger or german?

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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)
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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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What about peloton... (is is pey lo ton or pel o ton)
pel-o-ton

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

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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"
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God, am I glad I upgraded to Europe.

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