I’d like to make a confession. I’ve been cycling for 15 years. I’ve come 4th in the UK National hill climb and the UK National 100. I know a little about cycling, but here it is – For a long time, I could never be exactly sure where exactly on a bike are the top tubes, down tubes, seat stays. I go into bike shops and people talk about angles of head tubes, down tubes and I know what they are talking about. But, I wouldn’t want to bet my life I’d point to the right place on the bike. But, being a top cyclist, you could never possibly admit not knowing. So you never ask, but just nod your head and smile. Rather like when some-one starts talking about 60 inch gears and you pretend to know what they mean. So like many things cycling related you just bumble along with an 85% knowledge.
It’s also bit like trying to adjust you gears, you kind of know what you should do, you’ve read 5 maintenance books, and 4 youtube videos. But somehow every time I try to adjust my gears, you can never remember which way you’re supposed to tighten the screw (and of course, if you did ever remember, you’d get a new Shimano Dura Ace, who have to do it the completely other way around to everyone else- or is it Campag Record which does it the other way around?)
Anyway to make a long inconsequential story short. I’ll come mercifully to the point. Below is a lovely piece of bike art which caught my eye and also gives the definitive guide to which part of a bike is which.
The Typographical Bicycle
Actually, when I look at this diagram, it all make sense
- chainstay – next to the chain
- Seat tube – goes down from seat
- top tube – the tube on the top (even I knew that)
- head tube – by headset
- Down Tube – the one that slopes downhill
- saddle – the thing you sit on
Got it! Cycling is simple!