What You Need to Know: Bicycle Parts, The Bike

The dropout is connected to the seatstay, the seatstay is connected to the, okay, I can tell this is already not making sense to you. Before you can start wrenching on your bicycle, you need to know what the parts are called. You don’t need to know all of them. You can just learn the parts that are pertinent to what you are working on. But knowing the names of parts makes it easy to find the correct parts, talk to other people on the same mechanical journey as you, and it makes you sound really cool.

Instead of little pictures, or me drawing one, I just found an image on Wikipedia. It list most of the parts that one would need to refer to when speaking “bike.” In following parts of this series, I will go into more specific detail on the different areas of the bicycle. It gets crazy, even weird.

Study the picture. No quiz. Just get familiar with it. Like I said, you don’t need to know them all.

Schematic Diagram of a bicycle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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