Bartosz Ciechanowski Breaks Down the Forces That Act on a Bicycle
Bartosz Ciechanowski put together this very thorough article full of interactive simulations to help explain all of the forces that allow us to ride bicycles:
In this article, I’ll focus on the delicate interplay between many of the forces that act on a bicycle and its parts when riding. We’ll witness how forces applied through tires make a bicycle accelerate, brake, and turn, and we’ll also investigate how the wheels and the frame handle those different forces without breaking.
Before we understand these more complicated interactions, we’ll play with much simpler objects. The basic scenarios we’re about to explore will help us develop an intuition about the behavior of a real bicycle.
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