han·​dle·​bar | \ ˈhan-dᵊl-ˌbär How to pronounce handlebar (audio) \

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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At 70 km/h on the speed sign (43 mph), with little towns and stops lining the highway, the good ride is sitting on a V-Twin, pushing the handlebars to slip into the curves with your legs stretched out to take in the view. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Beer and Bikes in the Black Forest—And All for a Good Cause," 31 May 2018 Peloton bikes come with a large screen attached to the handlebars so that users can either take live cycling classes that are streamed in from Peloton’s New York City cycling studio or choose from thousands of others available in the archive. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 Lemay claims this is the only off-road mobility chair in the United States people can drive with handlebars. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "ATV 'wheelchairs' allow people with mobility issues to go off-roading," 27 Sep. 2018 To see what the world looks like from behind the handlebars, WSJ's David Pierce takes an Uber Bike for a spin around San Francisco. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Bronx Gets Bike-Share Program with Electric ‘Pedal Assist’," 30 July 2018 That Razor scooter of my childhood also had another advantage over the LimeBike scooters: the handlebar was adjustable to a wide range of heights. Washington Post, "Review: LimeBike’s new dockless scooters are a whimsical ride but not a practical one," 4 Apr. 2018 How comfortable the handlebar was to grip and adjust. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How We Tested Baby Strollers," 11 Oct. 2010 Clamp it to a chairback to capture kitchen antics, or face it inward from a bike’s handlebars to see your kid’s reaction to their first ride. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Google Clips Captures Your Family Memories, Courtesy of AI," 24 June 2018 Measured stability by hanging weights from the handlebars where a parent typically hangs a diaper bag and gradually added more until the stroller tipped backwards. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How We Tested Baby Strollers," 11 Oct. 2010

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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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