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das Fahrrad | the bicycle | le vélo | la bicicletta | 自転車

Half the fun of building an older bicycle is finding the period correct parts. You can spend hours visiting cycle jumbles and scouring online auction sites looking for what you are after. There is a fair chance that you will start looking overseas for items, especially if you have a bike fitted with parts that are from a manufacturer that has ceased trading such as Mafac or Simplex.

One of the obstacles that many of us have to overcome when buying overseas is the language barrier. Google translate can help so far but is not perfect. This is the problem that Munich based graphic designer Adam Bell came across when he was restoring his Gitane. As a result of these challenges he decided to write a phrase book for cyclists which we are now carrying in our inventory.

das Fahrrad | the bicycle | le vélo | la bicicletta | 自転車 is illustrated by Adam throughout. It is a joy to read not only for those who love bicycles, but also people who have a fascination with foreign languages. Initially done as a small print run of 1000 books and there are around 275 words or phrases included.

On the back of the book, the author has gone onto produce an A3 poster naming all the bike parts.