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The handlebars of a bicycle

Example usage: I adjusted my bars to get a better cycling position.

Most used in: North America and Europe.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and road cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: handlebars, drop bars, bullhorns, aero bars,


What are Cycling Bars?

Cycling bars are one of the most important components of a bike. They are the handlebars for the bike and provide the rider with steering, balance, and control. The bars can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all are designed to be comfortable and ergonomic for the rider.

The most common type of cycling bar is the drop bar, which is a curved bar that drops down from the stem. This type of bar is popular among road cyclists and provides a wide range of hand positions for the rider. It can also help with aerodynamics and reduce fatigue by allowing the rider to shift their weight more easily.

Flat bars are also popular among cyclists. These bars are straight and provide a more upright riding position than drop bars. They are slightly less aerodynamic but provide a more comfortable ride. Flat bars are often seen on mountain bikes, commuter bikes, and some hybrid bikes.

According to a survey by the National Bicycle Dealers Association, drop bars are the most popular type of cycling bar among both recreational and competitive cyclists. Nearly 80% of recreational cyclists prefer drop bars, while nearly 90% of competitive cyclists prefer them. Flat bars come in second, with about 15% of recreational cyclists and 10% of competitive cyclists preferring them.

Cycling bars are an important part of any cycling setup and choosing the right type of bar can make a big difference in your riding experience. With the variety of shapes and sizes available, there’s sure to be a bar that fits your needs.


The History of the Term 'Bars' in Cycling

The term 'bars' first appeared in the context of cycling in the early 1900s. It was first used to describe the handlebars of a bicycle, and it is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom. The term was likely derived from the phrase 'handlebar grips', which refers to the hand-holds of the handlebars.

The term is used to refer to any type of handlebars, including the traditional flat-bar, drop-bar, bullhorn, and riser styles. It is also sometimes used to refer to the entire bike, as in 'my bars are a bit too narrow for me'.

Today, the term 'bars' is commonly used in the cycling world, and it is recognized as a standard term to describe handlebars. It is also used in other areas of cycling, such as mountain biking, BMX, and road cycling.

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