ローディ / rōdii / road cyclist
Japanese borrows heavily from other cultures to create new words using the original language spelling and pronunciation in a process called Gairaigo. ローディ is one such example, taken from the English slang word ‘roadie’.
シティサイクル / shiti saikuru / city cycle
Formed of two English words, “city” and “cycle”, it describes the act of urban riding. Careful with pronunciation on this one.
ロコサイクリスト / roko saikurisuto / local cyclist
A term to describe people who are natives of a given region and who are willing to share local knowledge and guide newcomers around.
起伏がはげしい / kifuku ga hageshī / heavy undulation
ピットイン / pittoin / pit in
Meaning a pit stop, a time to rest weary limbs.
ポタリング / potaringu / pottering about
A new term evolved from ‘pottering about’. In Japan, the phrase refers exclusively to aimless two-wheeled jaunts.