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.
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