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French dérailleur from dérailler to derail derail
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From French dérailleur.
As Brian's Birdy had a derailleur as well as a hub gear he promised to stay on one rear cog.
Brian tells of his temptation to use the derailleur when we passed him, but being the English gentleman, he resisted.
The difficulty and judgment of changing derailleur gears before a hill or after stopping is well known.
I'd ridden a shorter version on the same bike before it was changed from an 8-speed derailleur to the Rohloff 14-speed hub.
We notice REYES, kneeling behind him attending to the rear derailleur of her racing bike.
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