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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Kemel Bonilla-Reyes of Temple Hills was holding on to the handlebars of the ATV being driven by a 15-year-old on Sept. 1, Prince George’s County police said. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "Md. boy, 8, is fatally injured when ATV he was riding as passenger flips," 6 Sep. 2019 Inside, bike-hanger sculptures — with handlebars and seats positioned to resemble longhorn skulls — made by local artist Elaina Robins are on display and available for purchase. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Upland Fountain Square packs beer company's 'culture' into a single spot," 26 July 2019 These versatile rigs look similar to road bikes, with drop handlebars, and are typically lighter than mountain bikes. Brion O’connor, BostonGlobe.com, "For the road less traveled, try a gravel bike," 10 July 2019 My issue with the grips was exasperated by my test bike being fitted with the shorter M-type handlebar. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Brompton Electric bike review: remarkably practical," 2 July 2019 The best angle: Hang from the handlebars of the cotton-candy pink bicycle by the entrance, lean backwards and have someone snap your picture. Los Angeles Times, "Museum of Illusions’ Upside Down House: Immersive fun or stupid Instagram stunt?," 28 Aug. 2019 Every day, a fellow bike commuter would pass him on the bike path, nearly blinding him with the bright bike light on his handlebars. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "CU Boulder students innovate bike lights to improve visibility," 11 Aug. 2019 The company pulled its black electric assist bikes in April after problems with the brakes caused some riders to careen over the handlebars. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Lyft bikes caught fire in Berkeley, San Jose before two reported in San Francisco," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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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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