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Tri-Cross bike
A tri-cross bike is built for racing off and on road. It is stronger and heavier than a road bike with thicker tyres for grip off road. In addition the gear and brake cables run over the top of the top tube because riders often have to carry their bikes through sections of the course.
Triathlon bike
Designed with triathlon in mind. It forces the rider into a very aerodynamic position over the handlebars and onto the aero bars. This is because drafting is not permitted in triathlon and so aerodynamics are particularly important to the rider.
Tricycle
Not just for kids, but mostly.
Tyre-levers
Levers that help to remove/replace tyres from the rims of a wheel.
Tyres
There are many different types of tyres for all types of bikes. Fat tread tyres for mountain bikes to thin, smooth tyres for road bikes.
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Unicycle
Mostly kept in circuses but have been seen doing sportives in Wales and climbing Alpe D'huez
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Velodrome
A velodrome is an arena for track cycling. Modern velodromes feature steeply banked oval tracks, consisting of two 180-degree circular bends connected by two straights. The straights transition to the circular turn through a moderate easement curve.
Vuelta d’Espana
The grand tour of Spain.
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Wheel skewers
The shaft that runs through the middle of the axle.
Wheel Sucker
A cyclist who always drafts other cyclists and never does a turn at the front.
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