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Parts of bicycles and motorcycles

carrier

noun

a metal frame fixed to a bicycle and used for carrying things

chain

noun

the circle of connected metal parts that turns the wheels of a bicycle

crossbar

noun

the metal bar on a bicycle that is between the seat and the handlebars

dynamo

noun

a piece of equipment on a bicycle that changes the movement of the wheels into electricity to make the lights work

handlebars

noun

the part of a bicycle or motorcycle that you hold with your hands and use for controlling it

kickstand

noun

a metal bar that holds a bicycle or motorcycle upright when it is not moving

mudguard

noun

a piece of curved metal or plastic over a wheel of a bicycle that stops water and dirt from hitting the rider. The American word is fender.

pedal

noun

a part that you push with your foot in order to operate a bicycle, vehicle, or machine

pillion

noun

a seat for a passenger behind the driver of a motorbike

saddle

noun

the seat on a bicycle or motorcycle

sidecar

noun

an enclosed seat with a wheel that is connected to a motorcycle and used for carrying an extra passenger

stabiliser

a British spelling of stabilizer

stabilizer

noun

one of a set of two small wheels fixed to a child’s bicycle while he or she is learning to ride. The American word is training wheels.

training wheel

noun

a stabilizer on a child’s bicycle

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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