We’re in the saddle today to talk about bikes. So, hold on to your handlebars and get peddling as we ride together through the very specific vocabulary of bikes and biking on this episode of Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig.
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Voice message from Fernando from Madrid
The world of bikes
motorbike – motorcycle
Bicycle – bike
Motorcyclist – person who rides a motorbike
Cyclist – person who rides a bike
Biker – person who’s really into (interested in) the world of motorbikes
Moped – a less powerful motorbike, typically 50cc or under
Scooter – 1. similar to a motorbike but with a footboard for the rider’s feet; 2. A footboard mounted on two wheels with a long handle, originally designed for children
To go cycling
To steer – to direct, using handlebars on a bike – to go round corners and bends
A mountain bike / road bike / tandem / hybrid / folding bike
Saddle – sillín
Handlebars – manillar
Peddles / to peddle – pedalear
mudguards – guardabarros
Gears – to change up/down – to shift gears
Wheels – ruedas (front wheel, back wheel) – tyres (to pump up the tyres – PSI=pounds per square inch) Valve – where the air enters/leaves the tyre
Spokes – criss crossed bits of metal that keep the wheel in shape
To get/fix a puncture (puncture – pinchazo)
Puncture repair kit
Frame – marco – crossbar – forks
Brakes – brake lever / brake cable / to pull the brakes
Reflector – used to reflect light and make the bike visible
Hi vis/high visibility jacket or vest
helmet – casco
Chopper – customised motorbike with extra-long front forks and high handlebars
To do/pull a wheelie – to move on only the back wheel
To freewheel – to move without pedalling
-Many people consider motorbikes “a death trap”. Do you agree? The rate of accidents is much higher than for cars.
– Should cyclists be allowed to mount the pavement?
– Bicycles are definitely environmentally friendly. What about motorbikes?
– What comes to mind when you think of Hell’s Angels?
– Are there enough bike/cycle lanes?
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