Morphing wheels for beginner bikers

1:31pm, May 24, 2005

A new type of bicycle may reduce the childhood dread that comes with learning to ride a two-wheeler.

Industrial designer Scott S. Shim of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and two undergraduate students recalled that new riders feel most tentative when they are moving slowly. "We wanted to create a brand-new experience for those kids when learning to ride a bike," Shim says.

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