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Noun, Plural

A bicycle's two round metal discs that rotate to propel the bike forward.

Example usage: 'I just got a new set of wheels for my bike.'

Most used in: English-speaking countries around the world.

Most used by: Cyclists, bike enthusiasts, and commuters.

Popularity: 9/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Rims, Hubs, Spokes, Tyres,


What Are Wheels in Cycling?

Wheels are one of the most important components of a bicycle, as they provide the primary means of propulsion. Wheels are made up of two main parts: the hub, which contains the axle, and the rim, which is the outermost part of the wheel. The hub is connected to the frame of the bicycle and the rim is where the tires are attached.

Wheels come in a variety of sizes, depending on the type of riding the cyclist is doing. Road bikes usually have a 700c wheel, while mountain bikes are often equipped with 27.5 or 29-inch wheels. The size of the wheel is determined by the width of the tire, which is measured in millimeters.

The weight of the wheel is also an important factor when it comes to performance. Lighter wheels are generally faster, but they are also more expensive. Heavier wheels are typically more affordable, but they are also slower.

Statistics show that over 80% of bicycle accidents involve a wheel malfunction, such as a flat tire or broken spoke. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the wheels on your bicycle are properly maintained and in good condition. Regularly checking your wheels for wear and tear, and replacing worn parts, can help to prevent accidents and ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.


The Origin of the Word 'Wheels' in Cycling

The term 'wheels' has been used to refer to bicycles since the late 1880s. It is thought that the term originated in the United States, possibly in the New England area. The first recorded use of the word 'wheels' to describe a bicycle was in an article in the Boston Globe in 1888. The article was about a bicycle race and referred to the participants as having 'wheels'.

The use of the term 'wheels' to refer to bicycles has continued to be used ever since. It is now a common term used to refer to bicycles, and is used in many different countries around the world.

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