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krank in bahyk

verb, noun

To pedal a bicycle with the foot.

Example usage: I'm going to crank in the bike and ride to work.

Most used in: North American cycling communities.

Most used by: Recreational and commuter cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: crankset, pedal cranks, crank arms, chainrings,


What is a Crank in Bike?

A crank in a bike is the part of the bicycle that connects the pedals to the chainring. The crank is the part of the bike that is rotated by the rider's feet in order to propel the bike forward. It is typically composed of two cranks arms, a spindle, and chainrings. The crank arms are the two arms that connect the spindle to the pedals and chainrings. The spindle is the metal rod that connects the crank arms and is the part that is rotated. The chainrings are the two toothed cogs that the chain wraps around in order to drive the bike forward.

Cranks are important components of the bike and help to ensure that the bike is able to move efficiently and smoothly. The length of the crank arms is important to the efficiency and comfort of the ride and is typically chosen based on the type of riding the bike will be used for. For example, a mountain biker riding on rough terrain may opt for a shorter crank arm length in order to provide more torque for climbing hills, while a road biker may opt for a longer crank arm length in order to provide more speed on flat terrain.

Cranks are also important components of the bike in terms of safety. If the crank is not properly maintained, it can cause serious damage to the bike and even injury to the rider. It is important to regularly inspect and maintain the crank in order to ensure it is in good working order and safe to use.

According to a recent survey, approximately 80% of cyclists use a crank in their bike. This statistic is a testament to how important the crank is to the overall cycling experience and how much it contributes to the overall performance and safety of the bike.


The Origin of the Term 'Crank' in Bicycles

The term 'crank' in bicycles was first used in 1876 in England. It referred to the pedal arm connecting the pedals to the wheel hub. The crank was originally made from wood and later replaced with metal. It was designed to provide a greater range of power, which allowed the cyclist to ride faster and farther.

The first metal crank was created by James Starley in Coventry, England. It was made from a hollow steel tube and had a splined hole in the end that connected it to the pedal arm. This design allowed for a more efficient transfer of power from the pedals to the wheel.

The term 'crank' soon spread to other countries and was used in the United States by the end of the 19th century. It is still in use today and is the standard for connecting the pedals to the wheel hub of a bicycle.

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