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Asked by: Jim Sylvester
Subject: Applying gyroscopes
Question: I have an idea that a bicycle, especially a training bicycle, could be fitted with a gyroscope of some sort to help stabilize both bike and rider while the biker would "get the hang" of balancing himself while riding. Can anyone provide any guidance as to what would be needed and whether or not it would be feasible?
Date: 3 September 2003
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Answer: Nitro MacMad - 11/09/2003 20:44:24
 Dear Jim

Remembering the number of times gravity and steering the oposite way to the correct way threw me to the ground I understand your desire to save youngsters suffering the same fate. The simple truth is that to turn right on a bicycle you first have to steer left to shift your centre of gravity to cause you and your bike to "fall" to the right. You then steer slighty to the right to go the way that you first wanted to go. That the above is totally against what is intuitive is why we all suffer while we learn about unstable motion. while I would love to see a "Gyro Bike" I fear the gyro would need to be huge and the "unintuitive learning" (new expression?) would remain to be learnt.



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