Glossary of Bicycle Terms

The following is a collection of terms often used in bike shops, on the trail, on manufacturer's websites and in publications. Often, it is more opinion than fact, but the following is a quick stab at what they might mean. When I started this, I had no idea how big it was. Needless to say, it's a work in progress.

Commonly Used Bike Vernacular


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Bike Types

Recreational

Urban

Folding

Commuter

Trekking

Sport

Road

Gravel

Cyclocross

Hybrid

Comfort

Pedal-Forward

Mountain

All Mountain

Downhill

Cross-Country

Fixie

Single speed

Beach Cruiser

BMX

Dirt Jumper

Low Step

High Step or Step Over

Full Suspension

Hard Tail

Rigid

Recumbent

Trike

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