AskDefine | Define handlebar

Dictionary Definition

handlebar n : the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle

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English

Etymology

From handle + bar.

Noun

  1. The bar used to steer a bicycle, motorbike, or similar vehicle, usually used in the plural.

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Extensive Definition

Handlebars usually refer to the steering mechanism for bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and personal watercraft; the equivalent of a steering wheel. Besides acting as a steering mechanism, handlebars also may support a portion of the rider's weight, depending on his or her riding position.
handlebar in German: Fahrradlenker
handlebar in French: Guidon (véhicule)
handlebar in Polish: Kierownica rowerowa
handlebar in Dutch: Triatlonstuur
handlebar in Swedish: Cykelstyre
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