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Steel frame
Traditionally bikes were made of steel. The sleek frames of old demonstrate that with a limited amount of material you can create a rigid and strong frame (three times as strong and twice as stiff as aluminium!). The major disadvantage is that steel rusts.
Stem
Fastens the steerer to the handlebar.
Sunglasses
A wide variety of sunglasses have been worn by cyclists throughout the ages. Many have gone down in fashion folklore and others have moved more into the mainstream.
Suspension
A spring mechanism attached to the forks which aims to protect the bike and/or rider from the effects of the terrain.
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Tandem
Two person bike for those who like to cycle with others or who don’t want to pedal much.
Time trial
An against the clock road race whereby each rider races against the clock and is not permitted to draft other riders or get support from team mates.
Time-Trial bike
Similar in design and concept to the triathlon bike. However, these bikes tend to be designed with greater manoeuvrability in mind due to the more technical nature of road time trial courses than triathlon courses.
Titanium frame
A relatively new entrant and expensive. Titanium is light and strong and makes an excellent bike frame material.
Touring bike
A bike designed for long distance on road riding. Usually has slightly thicker wheels than a road bike and stronger frame so as to take the extra weight of the panniers. The position of the rider might be less aggressive and more comfortable than a road bike.
Track Stand
To balance on a bike, whilst stationary, without having to place feet on the ground. Useful at traffic lights.
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