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The science behind bicycle movement has been explained

After three years of study, U.S., Dutch, and British researchers have created a mathematical formula that can be used to explain how to ride a bicycle.  Kids often learn how to ride a bicycle while growing up, and likely remember the skill for years to come. However, understanding what is happening has intrigued some.

Essentially, to ride a bike, the following formula applies: "inertia forces + gyroscopic forces + the effects of gravity and centrifugal forces = the leading of the body and the torque applied to the handlebars of a bike."

It may seem like a rather curious research topic, but the formula could have significant impact on future bike models.  Researchers hope this formula will be especially useful for bike makers looking to design models with smaller or larger wheels, along with other modifications.

"People more than a hundred years ago were trying to figure out why a two-wheeled bicycle, given forward momentum, like a push, would seem to balance by itself," said Dr. Arend  Schwab, Delft University of Technology researcher, in an interview.  "For instance, if you are designing a folding bike with smaller wheels, or one with a shorter wheel base, this equation allows you to interpret how design changes will affect the stability and behavior of the bike."

More information about the research can be found here.  Additional information is expected to be shared during the Bicycle and Motorcycle Dynamics 2010 event this October.

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I Don't Care
By Oyster on 6/28/2010 8:58:04 AM , Rating: 5
... much about the research. Who is the girl in the picture?

RE: I Don't Care
By AstroGuardian on 6/28/2010 9:11:08 AM , Rating: 2
Umm.. yea. We got to the right topic...

RE: I Don't Care
By DM0407 on 6/28/2010 4:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Essentially, to ride a bike, the following formula applies: "inertia forces + gyroscopic forces + the effects of gravity and centrifugal forces = the leading of the body and the torque applied to the handlebars of a bike."

Duh.

RE: I Don't Care
By ksherman on 6/28/2010 9:15:24 AM , Rating: 1
It was probably ripped from some website using Google Image Search, as usual.

RE: I Don't Care
By MrBlastman on 6/28/2010 9:20:02 AM , Rating: 3
Can she ride my bicycle? I even have a pair of training wheels for her to play with too.

I'd love for her to touch my spoke. ;)

Oh, and while I'm at it, obligatory Queen reference:

Bicycle! Bicycle! Biiiicycle!
Am I the only one who likes to sing that sound out loud when I pop in the CD?

RE: I Don't Care
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2010 9:22:01 AM , Rating: 3
You left out lewd references to your "kickstand" :P

RE: I Don't Care
By xsilver on 6/28/2010 11:13:21 AM , Rating: 4
She was turned off with the spare tyre...

RE: I Don't Care
By amanojaku on 6/28/2010 9:48:24 AM , Rating: 2
Bicycle races are coming your way!
So, forget all your duties, oh yeah!
Fat-bottomed girls, they'll be riding today!
So, look out for those beauties, oh yeah!
On your marks, get set, GO!!!

RE: I Don't Care
By chdude3 on 6/28/2010 9:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like the lower-right of the image says "from xyu.ru"

RE: I Don't Care
By chdude3 on 6/28/2010 11:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
.... aaaaaaand now it's gone. Magic!

RE: I Don't Care
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/28/2010 9:25:12 AM , Rating: 2
Melissa Theuriau, the most famous French anchor babe on the interwebs...

RE: I Don't Care
By Spivonious on 6/28/2010 9:39:29 AM , Rating: 2
Is it just me, or is every French woman extremely attractive?

RE: I Don't Care
By MrBlastman on 6/28/2010 9:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
Well, if you're going to include all, then you might want to include... until they lift up their arms . ;)

But, aside from that, there's this thing about French women that give them a unique look, I can't figure out exactly what it is but there's this "French look" that tends to give a certain exquisiteness to the select few who are uniquely attractive. Kind of like that "Russian" hotness but in a different flavor.

RE: I Don't Care
By Spivonious on 6/28/2010 10:19:37 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, a little hair doesn't bother me. I'm curious why that whole tradition started.

I think you're on to something with the "French" look. I think it's the shape of the face.

RE: I Don't Care
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: I Don't Care
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/28/2010 9:50:35 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, if you "search" the internet, you'll see that she's pretty liberal with her "assets" so you can judge for yourself :)

RE: I Don't Care
By YashBudini on 6/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: I Don't Care
By Eletriarnation on 6/28/2010 9:51:58 AM , Rating: 4
One day, you will find the man of your dreams, and hopefully by that point you will be able to marry him under U.S. law.

The remainder of us will be content to find her stunning.

RE: I Don't Care
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2010 10:02:17 AM , Rating: 1
lol just because I'm not posting about her like some 15 year old teenager with raging hormones means I'm gay?

And I never said she wasn't stunning, it's just in an average sort of way. She's the girl next door, that YOU'LL never sleep with because you revere her as a queen. And who I'll nail because I treat her like she's nothing special because women, especially the pretties, like that.

Who's gay now, chump :)

RE: I Don't Care
By YashBudini on 6/30/2010 6:21:57 PM , Rating: 1
"lol just because I'm not posting about her like some 15 year old teenager with raging hormones means I'm gay?"

No but assuming she smells clearly makes you a bigot.

RE: I Don't Care
By YashBudini on 6/28/10, Rating: 0
Really??
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2010 9:20:42 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
"People more than a hundred years ago were trying to figure out why a two-wheeled bicycle, given forward momentum, like a push, would seem to balance by itself,"

Really, we have?

It seems very obvious to me. But I guess we needed a mathematical formula to explain what everyone already knew...

RE: Really??
By monomer on 6/28/2010 11:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it seemed really obvious to people in the past that the Sun revolved about the Earth. It wasn't until people started applying rigorous mathematical formulas to explain it did they realize the true nature of the solar system and be able to advance our knowledge of astronomy.

RE: Really??
By hughlle on 6/28/2010 11:41:11 AM , Rating: 1

quote:
After three years of study, U.S., Dutch, and British researchers have created a mathematical formula that can be used to explain how to ride a bicycle.

after 3 years of work i sure hope it's easier for children to undersand that extend one leg, extend the other, repeat..

RE: Really??
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2010 1:22:03 PM , Rating: 1
LOL yeah exactly

Child: Daddy, how do I ride my bike??
Dad: Well it's very simple (breaks out scientific calculator) we just need to plug in a few variables into this equation...

And in other news...
By The Raven on 6/28/2010 12:27:17 PM , Rating: 2
Multiple stab wounds may be harmful to monkeys.

http://www.theonion.com/video/study-multiple-stab-...

RE: And in other news...
By ClownPuncher on 6/28/2010 2:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
Possible, but not an absolute. Some monkeys may benefit from the extra air cooling holes.

getting to the point
By ionstrom on 6/29/2010 7:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but that's a really ugly bicycle.

RE: getting to the point
By Silver2k7 on 6/30/2010 11:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
but with that girl riding on it, it balances out ;-)

Congratulations. .
By boushidosan666 on 6/28/2010 9:21:48 AM , Rating: 2
Scientists have finally found a way to MAKE US forget how to ride a bike (well... one way)

\$\$
By knutjb on 6/28/2010 5:50:36 PM , Rating: 2
Did we really need to throw money at general physics 101 question. No wonder were going broke.

Biiiiiiiiicycle
By nidomus on 7/1/2010 1:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
You say black, I say white
You say bark, I say bite
You say shark I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
And I don't like star wars
You say rolls, I say royce
You say God give me a choice
You say Lord, I say christ
I don't believe in peter pan
Frankenstein or superman
All I wanna do is

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

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