Q&A – Bike bilingual
I go biking abroad a lot and inevitably have my fair share of mechanicals while I'm away
Q. I go biking abroad a lot and inevitably have my fair share of mechanicals while I’m away. I can generally get the right sort of help by dragging the damaged bits into the local bike shop and then making extravagant arm movements, but I’d really like to become bike bilingual. Is there a website that can help?
Phil Windsor, London
A. You’re in luck sir, as only the other day we stumbled across a new section of the Park Tools website and we quote: ‘Park Tool resident guru Calvin Jones offers up a brief guide to wrenching in foreign lands, with a new multi-lingual spreadsheet designed just for mechanics. Bicycle Mechanic Languages v1.0 cross-references approximately 450 useful phrases, common words and specific bicycle terms in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. The free download is available on the Park Took website in either Microsoft Excel or printable Adobe Acrobat formats’. Get it now at www.parktool.com/repair/readcalvinscorner.asp?id=160.