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Fietsen: Bicycling

[my bicycle]
mijn fiets (Gazelle)
[bicycles]
fietsen
[racer bicycle]
racefiets (Peugeot)
[tandem bicycle]
tandem (Bike Friday Family Tandem)
mijn fiets
fietsen
racefiets
tandem
hear - 2
my bike
bikes
racing/road bike
tandem bicycle
[bicycle seat]
zadel (Brooks)
[bicycle wheel]
wiel
[bike tube and tire]
buitenband en binnenband
wiel
buitenband
binnenband
zadel
spatbord
hear
wheel
tire
tube
bike seat
fender
[bicycle fender]
spatbord

[bicycle cog wheel and pedal]
tandwiel en trapper
[bike chain]
ketting en trapper
tandwiel
trapper
ketting
dérailleur
versnellingen
hear - 2
chain wheel
pedal
chain
derailleur
'gears'

dérailleur is a French word

[]
dérailleur
[bicycle handlebars]
stuur, kabels
stuur
bel
snelheidsmeter
'fietskompjoeter'
hear
handlebars
bell
speedometer
'bike computer'


kabels
versnellingshendel
handvat
remhendel
hear - 2
cables
gear shifter
hand grip
brake handle

'hendel' is Dutchified 'handle'

[bicycle bell and speedometer]
bel en snelheidsmeter ('fietskompjoeter')
[bicycle gear shifter]
versnellingshendel (Shimano)
[bicycle hand grip]
handvat en remhendel
[friction rim brake]
knijprem
rem
knijprem
trommelrem
terugtraprem
hear
brake
rim friction brake
drum brake
back-pedaling brake*
(* not pictured)
[bicycle drum brake]
trommelrem
[bicycle drum brake]
trommelrem #2
[bicycle generator to power lights]
dynamo
[front light]
voorlamp
[bicycle back light]
achterlicht
dynamo
voorlamp
achterlicht
hear
generator
front light
back light

fietstas
rekje
jasbeschermer
hear - 2
pannier (bike 'saddlebag')
bike rack
'coat guard'

'Rekje' is the dimunitive of Dutchified 'rack'

[bicycle saddlebag]
fietstas
[bicycle rack]
rekje met fietstassen
[bicycle 'coat guard' and rack]
jasbeschermer en rekje
[bike rack]
fietsrekje #2
[bicycle pedal and kick stand]
trapper en standaard
[on-bike pump]
fietspompje
[bicycle pump]
fietspomp
[flat tire (car)]
lekke band
[flat tire]
velg, spaken, lekke band
standaard
pompje
pomp
hear
kick stand
on-bike pump
pump

lekke band
velg
spaken
hear
[leaking] flat tire
rim
spokes
[water bottle]
waterfles

[tricycle]
(de) driewieler click to hear 2 (Taga)
tricycle
[tricycle]
driewieler click to hear 2 (Taga)
[tricyle]
driewieler click to hear 2 (Summit)
[tricycle]
ik rij(d) op een driewieler click to hear
I'm riding a tricycle

[bike lock]
fietsslot (fiets-slot)
[Dutch bike lock]
fietsslot (Dutch style)
fietsslot
waterfles
fietser
ik fiets
hear - 2
bike lock
water bottle
bicyclist
I'm riding a bike

Dutch Bicycle Brands:
Gazelle click to hear 2
Fongers click to hear
Batavus click to hear
Empo click to hear
[bike helmets]
fietshelmen
[florescent bike jacket]
fietsjasje
fietshelm
fietsjasje
hear
bike helmet
bike jacket
[bicyclist (I ride a bike)]
fietser (ik fiets)

fietsen
ik fiets
jij fietst
hij fietst
wij fietsen
jullie fietsen
zij fietsen
U fietst
hear - 2
(to ride a bike)
(I ride a bike)
(you ride a bike)
(he rides a bike)
(we ride bikes)
(you ride bikes)
(they ride bikes)
(you ride a bike)


ik fietste
jij fietste
hij fietste
wij fietsten
jullie fietsten
zij fietsten
U fietste
hear

(I rode a bike)
(you rode a bike)
(he rode a bike)
(we rode bikes)
(you rode bikes)
(they rode bikes)
(you rode a bike)
Ik heb een uur gefietst - hear - 2 - (I rode a bike for an hour)
Ik ben naar Veenendaal gefietst - hear - 2 - (I rode a bike to Veenendaal)
More about Dutch Verbs
[two bicyclists sruggling against the wind, on a heath]
'Tegenwind' - Picture by Niels Melman © 2007.
All rights reserved. Used by permisssion.
On or near Ginkel Heath, where the gliders and paratroops for the Bridge too Far landed in 1944 - Market Garden

Tegenwind in Nederland

Als je in Nederland fietst dan heb je òf wind mee, òf je hebt wind tegen. Meestal heb je natuurlijk tegenwind, en als je 's morgens met tegenwind naar je werk of naar school fietst, dan draait de wind vaak, en dan heb je aan het eind van de dag niet de wind mee maar weer tegenwind. Als je 's morgens wind mee hebt dan draait de wind nooit. Theoretisch zou je zeggen dat het ook wel eens windstil zou moeten zijn, maar dat gebeurt bijna nooit.
- hear - read English translation
M'n vrouw zegt dat het alleen windstil is als je wil(t) vliegeren.
- hear
't Is alleen windstil als je wilt vliegeren. click to hear 2 3
('je wilt' click to hear 2 is correct, 'je wil' is not correct)
key words
tegenwind
wind tegen
wind mee
als ... dan
òf ... òf
meestal
natuurlijk
's morgens
draaien
nooit
windstil
gebeuren
vliegeren

headwind
headwind
tailwind
if ... then
either ... or
most of the time
of course ('naturally')
in the morning
to turn
never
no wind
to happen
to fly a kite

[bike rack]
fietsenrek click to
  hear - 2
[bike path]
fietspad click to
  hear (no motorcycles)
The sign below 'fietspad' says dus niet brommen click to hear - meaning it's only for push-bikes, and the small (50cc) motorcycle called bromfiets click to hear 2 is not allowed on these bike paths. It's a nice little joke, because brommen click to hear 2 (1. 'to grumble' 2. to ride a 50cc motorcycle) is also slang for 'doing time in prison.'
Door de tegenwind kwamen we met moeite vooruit. click to hear 2
Door de tegenwind kwamen we maar met moeite vooruit. click to hear 2
('Because of the wind-against we moved [forward] slowly.')
('Because of the wind-against we only moved [forward] slowly.')
We zouden gaan fietsen maar 't begon te regenen. click to hear
Als 't hard regent blijf ik thuis. click to hear 2
('We were going to make a bike ride but it started to rain.') - Not something a real Dutchman would say
('If it's raining hard I'll stay at home.')
woon je ver van je werk? click to hear
kun je op de fiets naar je werk? click to hear 2
ga je op de fiets naar je werk? click to hear
do you live far from where you work?
can you ride a bike to work?
do you ride your bike to work?
Kijk even achterom voordat je afslaat. click to hear 2
Kijk achterom als je afslaat. click to hear 2
('Look back for a moment before you make a turn')
('Look back [for a moment] when you make a turn')
Stel je voor dat er geen auto's zouden zijn! click to hear 2
Stel je voor dat er geen auto's waren! click to hear 2
('Imagine that there would be no cars!')
('Imagine that there were no cars!')
Talking about Travel

The Bicycling Words, Again

The definite article ('the') in Dutch is either 'de' (for 'male' and 'female' words, and for all plurals) or 'het' (for singular, 'neutral' words.) 'Het' is sometimes shortened to "'t." Diminutives (ending in '-je') are always 'neutral,' but otherwise you'll just have to memorize which are the 'de'- and 'het'-words.
The indefinite article ('a') in Dutch is "een," in writing sometimes shortenened to "'n." For emphasis 'één' (one) is used.
de
het
't
hear
the
the
the

de man
de vrouw
het kind
't mannetje
hear
the man
the woman
the child
'the little man'

een, 'n
hear - 2
a, an
één
hear
one

mijn fiets
(de) fietsen
(de) racefiets
(de) tandem
hear - 2
(de) fiets
my bike
bikes
road/racing bike
tandem bicycle
(het) wiel
(de) buitenband
(de) binnenband
(het) zadel
(het) spatbord
hear
wheel
tire
tube
bike seat
fender
(het) tandwiel
(de) trapper
(de) ketting
(de) dérailleur
(de) versnellingen
hear - 2
(de) versnelling
chain wheel
pedal
chain
derailleur
'gears'
(het) stuur
(de) bel
(de) snelheidsmeter
(de) 'fietskompjoeter'
hear
handlebars
bell
speedometer
'bike computer'
(de) kabels
(de) versnellingshendel
(het) handvat
(de) remhendel
hear - 2
(de) kabel
cables
gear shifter
hand grip
brake handle
(de) rem
(de) knijprem
(de) trommelrem
(de) terugtraprem
hear
brake
rim friction brake
drum brake
back-pedaling brake
(de) dynamo
(de) voorlamp
(het) achterlicht
hear
generator
front light
back light
(de) fietstas
(het) rekje
(de) jasbeschermer
hear - 2
pannier (bike 'saddlebag')
bike rack
'coat guard'
(de) standaard
(het) pompje
(de) pomp
hear
kick stand
on-bike pump
pump
(de) lekke band
(de) velg
(de) spaken
hear
(de) spaak
[leaking] flat tire
rim
spokes
(het) fietsslot
(de) waterfles
(de) fietser
ik fiets
hear - 2
bike lock
water bottle
bicyclist
I'm riding a bike
(de) fietshelm
(het) fietsjasje
hear

(het) fietspad
hear
bike helmet
bike jacket


bike path
The common Dutch word for 'bicycle' is (de) fiets click to
  hear 2 and 'bicyclist' is (de) fietser click to
  hear 2 but the 'official' words (like in a police report) are (het) rijwiel click to
  hear ('bicycle') and the pretty (de) wielrijder click to
  hear 2 ('bicyclist.')
(De) bakfiets click to hear traditionally a heavy transport tricycle, one wheel in back, two wheels in front, the handlebars at the back of a large, flat box (ca. 90cm x 120cm x 30cm, 3' x 4' x 1'.) Modern models may have just two wheels. The word is often translated as 'box bike,' but I would rather say 'carrier' or 'cargo bike' or even 'bin bike.'
(De) omafiets click to hear ('grandma bicycle') is an old-fashioned bike type where the top pipe between the handlebars axle and the pedals axle is curved.
(De) transportfiets click to hear 2 is a heavier, more solid version of the regular Dutch classic bike, with in front a rack with usually a large cane basket. My home town's pharmacy still had a deliveryman with a bike like that in the 1960s.
(het) ros click to hear is an old-fashioned word, meaning (and related to) 'horse.' IJzeren Ros click to hear is a silly way to refer to a bicycle.
[a picture of an empty tandem bicycle, waiting  in the Dutch countryside]
fietspad en tandem (Gazelle)
fietspad -hear- (bike path)

More Dutch Bicycling
Hear the Names of Dutch Bicycle Racers
A Dutch Bicycling site
3rd Grade Bike Safety Day Diagrams
Humorous Bike Safety Pieces for High or Middle School March Newsletters

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Everyday Dutch Words Basic vocabulary for conversation and reading
Useful Words and Phrases for Travelers
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