Engineers try to explain the surprising stability of two wheels
Bicycle abuse isn’t something you’d expect from the Dutch. But engineers in the Netherlands who love bikes enough to hurt them are challenging long-held beliefs about how a moving bike keeps its balance even when slapped, shoved or otherwise insulted.
The team has found previously unidentified factors that help a bike stay upright and has developed a slew of unusual designs that wouldn’t have been thought to be stable.
“We believe there is room for improvement in the handling qualities of bikes,” says Arend Schwab, a professor of engineering mechanics at the Delft University of Technology.