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INTRODUCTION

TYPES OF BICYCLES
Touring Bicycles
Mountain Bikes
Hybrid or Cross Bikes
Utility Bicycles
Racing Bicycles
Specialty Bicycles

COMPONENTS OF THE BICYCLE
Frame
Wheels and Tires
Saddle
Brakes
Handlebars
Pedals
Drive Train
Gears
Suspension System

SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES
Helmets
Reflectors and Lights
Rearview Mirrors
Padded Shorts and Gloves
Racks and Panniers
Child Seats and Trailers

HISTORY OF THE MODERN BICYCLE
Early Attempts
The Safety Bicycle
The Decline of Cycling
The Bicycle Boom



BIKING:


INTRODUCTION
BICYCLE RACING
RACING EQUIPMENT
RACING ADMINISTRATION
RECREATIONAL CYCLING




Tour de France


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Reflectors and Lights


New bicycles sold in the United States must be equipped with front, side, and rear reflectors, according to CPSC regulations. The front and side reflectors are usually white, and the rear reflector is red. The front reflector is usually installed near the headset, the rear reflector under the seat or at the end of a rear rack, and the side reflectors on the spokes of the wheels. Cyclists also often wear reflective clothing.

Lights, powered either by batteries or by generators activated by the rotation of the bicycle wheels, may clip to the handlebars and seatstays. Some cyclists also wear helmet-mounted headlights and white, amber, or red flashing taillights attached to their bicycles, helmets, backpacks, arms, legs, or belts.

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