The Physics of the Bike

Please give this video a second to get going.

We have all seen or experienced it. When traveling at the right speeds, bikes can practically steer themselves, remaining upright and defying the pull of gravity. Physicists thought they figured out this minor mystery long ago. But a new paper (read the PDF here) by Andy Ruina (Cornell University) and Jim Papadopoulos (University of Wisconsin – Stout) challenges the conventional wisdom. This video, which comes to us courtesy of Science Friday, explains…

Related Content:

Physics: Free Courses

Physics from Hell: How Dante’s Inferno Inspired Galileo’s Physics


by | Permalink | Comments (2) |

Comments (2)
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.
  1. miami bikram says . . . | April 20, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    who else loves cycling. .i love it..its my only means of relaxiation and just riding around miami is just the best thing ever.

  2. Qin says . . . | April 6, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    should mention why some people can drive the bicycle without holding the handlebars.

  3. NedClive says . . . | April 11, 2012 / 4:41 am

    Is it a Bob Jackson frame??
    I have its almost identical counterpart which I use for commuting and centuries!

  4. flez1966 says . . . | January 3, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    so, that answers nothing…..

    they say they proved its not the trail of the wheel being set back or gyroscopic, so what is it….

Add a comment

Quantcast