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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The scooters appeared to have been smashed to the ground, leaving them with bent handlebars, which caused damage in some cases to the frame and sensors, Linders said. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "49 rental scooters smashed in St. Paul, causing thousands in damage," 2 July 2019 Distinguished by handlebar horns and long hair, this high-altitude bovine cousin of the cow grazes across the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau. National Geographic, "What is a yak?," 26 Mar. 2019 The top portion of the vehicle looks much like a traditional bicycle; there are handlebars, pedals, and a seat. Alix Martichoux, Sunset, "We Tried the Water Bike Company That Wants to Disrupt Your Bay Area Commute," 22 Jan. 2018 Just tapping the brakes apparently sent some riders over the handlebars. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Rideshare Giants’ E-bikes Brake With Unstoppable Force," 17 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of handlebar

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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