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    Introduction to Bikes?

    Sure, everyone knows what a bike is, it's got two wheels, two pedals, handlebars, and no internal combustion engine. But for those of us still fairly new to bicycling as adults, the discussion among experienced cyclists quickly gets down into unfamiliar jargon and a dizzying array of choices about type of bike, frames, brakes, shifters, tires, fenders, lights, mirrors, helmets, clothing, etc.

    As basic as it may sound, what would be good is an "Introduction to Bikes", which would review the basic options in each area, maybe list some major vendors (but should not be limited to just one), and include a glossary of terms and acronyms used in the community (LBS, MTB, etc). Anyone know of anything like this on the Internet?

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    About five years ago, I found a "bicycle encyclopedia" on the web that could answer just about any question. I have looked for it several times recently, and could not find it. Perhaps it is no longer available. In the meantime, Richard Ballantine's "Richard's 21st Century Bicycle Book" is a good place to start.

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    the best start here is probably Sheldon Brown´s website that has lots of explanations and definitions for beginners

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/index.html

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    heres a list of cycling terms and definitions that I got from a google search for "cycling terms"

    http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/infozone/article.php?id=675


    heres another one:

    http://www.bicyclesource.com/you/cul...glossary.shtml

    looks to be a couple more out there, just do some google searches and try using different search phrases.

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    This site is one of my favorites. There is a weekly newsletter available with it. There is a premium site as well as a general public site. It is entirely focused on Roadies. It has long been my favorite and most useful cycling reference bar none.

    http://www.roadbikerider.com/
    Just Peddlin' Around

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