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Bike Jargon Buster

See the bottom of the page for a "map" of the important parts on a bike.
The bike world has a jargon all of it's own, and there are lots of people more than willing to baffle you with it!
It may well help to have some idea what they're talking about:

Bike Stickers...

The stickers on a bike tell you a lot more than who made it and what it is called - they often tell you what the frame is made out of and what components are fitted.
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Frame Materials...

Bike frames can be very sophisticated, using materials more commonly seen on racing cars or on the Space Shuttle. They all have their own pros and cons, but he general aim is to get the strongest, lightest frame possible for the money.
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Bike Components...

The components are what turns the frame into the bike, and there is a bewildering array available to make you go and make you stop - and most importantly to make you comfortable on the bike.
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Technical Parts Map: STANDARD

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Technical Parts Map: FOLDER

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