New Bike Physics Blows Away Myths

New studies show how bikes stay upright.


OK, this happened in April but I’m just learning about it. Scientists have discovered that everything we believed about why bikes stay upright is totally wrong. It has nothing to do with the gyroscopic effect of wheels turning or with bike trail, the caster effect.

Turns out it’s all about a moving object turning to the direction it’s leaning in an attempt to stay upright. Duh. We do the same thing when we’re running.

Now there’s a chance we’ll see even crazier bike designs in the future. I’m not sure that’s possible.

http://www.sciencefriday.com/embed/video/10376.swf

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