How to Draw a Bicycle.

A Why it’s Okay When You Ultimately Fail.

Chaz Hutton
5 min readSep 21, 2018


…because nobody can draw a bicycle.

For an object that is relatively ubiquitous, and whose design hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years, the simple, humble bicycle somehow still manages to baffle even the most artistic, spatially-aware people.

Of course, this was just my opinion (and most likely a projection of my frustration at my inability to draw one) and so I put it out to Twitter…

Knowing how hard is seems to be, I thought I’d give people a few chances at perfecting their drawings.

What I wasn’t expecting, was that people would get worse the more they drew.

Meanwhile, like repeating a word until it loses meaning, people were beginning to forget what bikes even looked like any more.

Even those with a more artistically steady hand were still failing to draw anything close to the standard geometry of a bicycle.