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Old 04-06-11, 06:22 PM
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I just joined voyageforum.com and am trying to join velo-club.net. They're both in French. My French isn't very good. Interesting. Velo Club has tons of stuff about the current race scene.

I'm looking for a French-threaded lockring, and I see they're very hard to come by in this country. I thought maybe I would find one in France.
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Try ebay.fr. I find tons of great French parts there, usually much cheaper than on ebay.com. The trick is to use French search terms, and to contact the sellers several days before the end of the auctions and ask them (in French) if they'll ship to the US, and what the cost would be. I've gotten French chain guards, French pedals, French taillights, etc. I haven't had one bad transaction doing this. The lockring might be tricky, but it's worth a shot (if you can figure out what it's called in French!).

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I found a small glossary of bike nomenclature, but it's much too small. I know boξte (box) means bottom bracket. I used the word bague (ring) for lockring. That ought to be clear enough.

I'm guessing there is no Engish-to-French bike nomenclature dictionary on the web.
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I don't know what BB is called (is it boite?) but I figured stuff out by searching for one item (example: feu velo ancien* arr* = vintage bike taillight) and then viewing the seller's other items. Usually the sellers have other bike parts listed. Actually I think BB might be called jeu de pedalier (pedaling set?), and sometimes axe is used (axle). Clavettes (wedges) may refer to the cups. Most of my searches also include the terms velo (bike) or ancien* (vintage, with a wildcard to deal with spelling variation).
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Try Google Translate:

https://translate.google.com

Very easy to use and also gives an audio sound!
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Miantenant, je veux de partir parce-que ma greand-mere, elle est flamme.

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Originally Posted by noglider
I'm guessing there is no Engish-to-French bike nomenclature dictionary on the web.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/eng-fren.html - Sheldon brown did it.
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My french still isn't very good but boite is wrong for bottom bracket.
It is Boitier de pedalier.

Here are a few translations that i know.

jeu de direction - headset
boitier de pedalier - bottom bracket
pedales - pedals
pedaliers - crankset
freins - brakes
guidon - handle bars
potence - stem
fourche - forks
moyeu - hub
jante - rim
tige de selle - seatpost
selle - saddle
pneu - tyre
boyau - tubeless
chambre de air - inner tube
garde boue - mud guards/fenders
rayons - spokes
cuir - leather
sac de guidon / sacoche de guidon - handlebar bag
fixe - fixie
etc etc etc

Last but not least
LOCK RING - CONTRE ECROU
But here is the confusing bit!
If you want a french threaded item it is called " pas francais " when speaking about threads.
The confusing part though is that "pas" also means not!
So you ask for a thread that is not french to get a french threaded one!
Bit confusing but they just use the same word "pas"

Hope this helps

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^ Thanks for the list!

Spend some time browsing here and you'll get the picture: [French ebay - cycling equipment]. Warning, can be habit forming.
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There is another section as well for collectible cycling items https://sport-vacances.shop.ebay.fr/O...=p3286.c0.m282
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and most importantly a , is the same as a . so 6,64 is 6 euro and 64 cents

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Originally Posted by frenchbikefan
and most importantly a , is the same as a . so 6,64 is 6 euro and 64 cents
Yes "." doesn't work when making bids on there only "," works
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What you're looking for is called a contre-ecrou de pedalier. I spent some time on French Ebay the last 6 months and I'm not sure they pop up a lot. Plenty of complete BBs though, axles, sometimes cups.


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OK, David Yates answered that question for you allready.

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Originally Posted by noglider
I just joined voyageforum.com and am trying to join velo-club.net. They're both in French. My French isn't very good. Interesting. Velo Club has tons of stuff about the current race scene.

I'm looking for a French-threaded lockring, and I see they're very hard to come by in this country. I thought maybe I would find one in France.
I've just found one in my spares , i'm pretty sure it is french.
Message me your address and i'll post it to you.
It is not in perfect condition though but the threads are good and it generally looks like something 30 years old ;-)
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anyone ever tell you you look like the butcher from Gangs of New York in your profile pic noglider?
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Originally Posted by frenchbikefan
anyone ever tell you you look like the butcher from Gangs of New York in your profile pic noglider?
Hahahaha. I was waiting for a comment on the picture. I just wanted to look like an old fashioned mechanic. I haven't seen that film, and I don't think I could stomach it.

Thanks for the reference to Sheldon's dictionary. That's pretty amazing and useful. I have looked at the French ebay, and now I can do it better.

I ended up getting the lockring I need, so I don't need to be there any more. But I happen to be helping someone with tips on cycling in Wales. Yes, I'm using Google Translate, but judiciously, because of course, it makes mistakes. I know enough French to clean it up. My grammar is excellent, but my vocabulary is bad. I wish it were the other way around, but it gives you insight into the strange way my mind works.

Here is the thread about cycling in Wales. If you use Google Chrome (a web browser replacement for Internet Explorer or Firefox or Safari), chrome itself will offer to translate web pages for you.
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Hey wait a minute. I posted a long, long response, with lots of information, and they took it down! Maybe there's a rule against posting in English. One of the guys there said they'd take my English and translate it.
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I wonder if the French forums say things like "Those darn American bikes are so messed up to work with!!"
Hahahahaha.
I myself gave up on my Mercier until the winter. Man, that thing exhausted me. And its still not done!!!
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Lots of intersting information here thanks. I don't speak or write a word of French. I want to go looking for old french bike parts for my porteur. At least now I know what to look for.
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Originally Posted by gnome
Lots of intersting information here thanks. I don't speak or write a word of French. I want to go looking for old french bike parts for my porteur. At least now I know what to look for.
I have some porteur spares arriving so let me know if there is anything specific that you need!

Also some other words for you to do with porteurs.

Chain guard - protege de chaine
Porteur rack - Porte baggage avant
Avant means front so if you want a rear one then it's porte baggage arriere.
Porteur bike - Velo de facteur or velo de porteur
Lights - phare
Bell - sonnette
Old - ancien
shipping costs - frais de porte
abroad - A l'etranger
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I'm 5.5 months into my 6 month intensive french course for my assignment in Luxembourg. After that time, practicing french 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, I have determined that french rivals english in its' lack of logical structure, predictability, and ease of pronunciation. Basically, anytime you think you understand something in french you're wrong...usually completely.

I think it would be more effective to tape the grammar book to the wall and ride my bike into it at speed, headfirst.
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