bicycle nomenclature pedantry

August 21, 2008

I will routinely get corrected by various bicycling afficianados  if I refer to the thing you sit on as a “seat”. They, of course, say “It’s a saddle, not a seat”.

So my question is this. Why are the parts of the frame called a seat tube and seat stays if the thing you sit on is not a seat?

10 Responses to “bicycle nomenclature pedantry”

  1. timlau Says:

    You ride a bike, so it must have a saddle right🙂
    In danish a “seat tube” is called a “sadel pind” (Saddle Stick), but it don’t sounds very well in english.

  2. Paul Collins Says:

    Because that’s where the saddle is seated, and then you are seated on the saddle.

  3. Alex Says:

    You can probably shut people like that up by calling it a “ass pan” or “butt pedestal”. At that point they’ll become offended that you don’t take cycling seriously and will leave, and your day will be enriched by their absence.

  4. mschwendt Says:

    Because the “seat” refers to the position where somebody sits on the bike, not the thing you sit on. (seat tube => seatpost => saddle)

    @timlau : seat tube and saddle pin (= seatpost) are two different things. The Danish “sadel pind” is the English saddle pin.


  5. Just don’t refer to the cranks as “those spinny things”

  6. Mr. Icon Says:

    +1 to “butt pedestal”

  7. Alex Says:

    The term “cheek spreader” should also be effective when dealing with such people. It subconsciously evokes impressions of proctological exams, something they really wish to avoid because they’re so uptight.

  8. Seth Vidal Says:

    My personal favorite name for particularly bad seats is “Ass Hatchet”

  9. Ed Avis Says:

    Daisy, Daisy,
    give me your answer, do.
    I’m half crazy
    all for the love of you!
    It won’t be a stylish marriage:
    I can’t afford a carriage,
    But you’ll look sweet upon the seat
    of a bicycle made for two!


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