The pedal-driven bicycle was developed during the 19th century, and its
basic design has improved incrementally over the years. Today a
bicycle consists primarily of a frame, a pair of wheels with pneumatic
tires, handlebars, a saddle seat, brakes, pedals, gears, and a chain,
although other precision components and parts are also present.
Many bicycle parts are designed with interchangeability in mind, allowing
for easy upgrades or installation of all new components. A few of
the major component parts manufacturers are Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM.
A bicycle's frame and wheels determine most of its riding and handling
characteristics. Many materials are used in frame construction, each
with their own blend of strength, comfort, and weight efficiency. A
new set of wheels can dramatically change a bicycle's ride. Some
wheels are smooth riding and are ideal for touring; other wheels, designed
for racing or high performance, are more rigid and aerodynamic.
Individual strength and body weight play heavily into how each wheelset
Using a Bicycle Derailleur to Shift Gears
In addition to the basic components—brakes, hubs, headset,
bottom bracket, crank, front and rear derailleur, gear cassettes,
and shifters, there are other parts that make a significant difference
in ride. Saddle and handlebar types are of primary importance, as
weight placement varies from person to person. It is critical to be
sized and fitted by a competent individual who takes into account the
prospective rider's body type and riding style.
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