han·dle·bar | \ˈhan-dᵊl-ˌbär \

Definition of handlebar 

: a straight or bent bar with a handle at each end specifically : one used to steer a bicycle or similar vehicle usually used in plural

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But the bikers come anyway, astride choppers and ape hangers, V-Twins shaking the wet pavement, and a rope or two hanging off handlebars—to whip cars that get too close. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Beer and Bikes in the Black Forest—And All for a Good Cause," 31 May 2018 The impromptu parade included a girl in a pink helmet, a boy with yellow handlebars, and a bearded hipster with dreadlocks flowing in the summer breeze. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 One of the bikes had a string of seaweed wrapped around its handlebars. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "People are chucking dockless bikes into the ocean in Quincy," 28 June 2018 Like many bikes fitted with Bosch batteries, its small handlebar HUD allows the rider to easy select between five modes, adjust the level of boost and thereby the bike's electric range. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Every Kind of Bike Is Going Electric," 22 June 2018 Also, an angel would not have that horrendous a handlebar moustache. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Spencer Pratt and Justin Bieber Took a Photo Together and It Has So Many Layers," 29 June 2018 Put up the kickstand and propel the scooter down the street with your foot three times before pushing the throttle on the handlebar to kick on the electric motor. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know about Bird electric scooters," 21 June 2018 The bikes arrive needing only the seat, handlebars and rear tires to be attached to the frame and the pedals attached to the crank, Lenz said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s how two 'ordinary' Milwaukee-area men created a unique, dual-wheeled bicycle. The next challenge? Trying to sell them.," 11 July 2018 Like children’s Razor scooters, these vehicles have a platform attached to small wheels and a handlebar but are souped up with electric motors. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Scoot Over: A Two-Wheeled Gold Rush in Silicon Valley," 15 June 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handlebar

: a straight or bent bar with a handle at each end that is used to steer a bicycle, motorcycle, etc.

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