Innovation in cycling

Dec 10, 2009 at 12:20
by Rob Church  

Interesting and incredibly simple innovation for young new riders.

GOODBYE, TRAINING WHEELS
Training wheels are a thing of the past thanks to the revolutionary Gyrowheel. Gyrowheel not only keeps the bike from falling over, it also teaches correct riding technique. Gyrowheel senses unbalanced biking and re-centers the bike under the rider’s weight when the bike starts to wobble. Training wheels can’t do that!

HELLO, GYROWHEEL
The magic is in the wheel! Okay, it’s not magic — inside is a disk that spins independently of Gyrowheel. When the disk is turned on it creates a force — the fancy term is “gyroscopic precession” — that stabilizes the bike. Gyrowheel provides high stability at very low speed, making learning to ride easier, safer and a whole lot more fun!

WHAT IS PRECESSION AND WHY DOES GYROWHEEL WORK?
Gyrowheel essentially has a gyroscope inside. Gyroscopes are spinning wheels that exhibit a special property called precession. When a force is put at the top of a spinning wheel (such as a rider falling on a bicycle), rather than falling, the gyroscope simply turns, or precesses, in the direction of the fall. This occurs on normal bike wheels when the bike is traveling at higher speeds. Hence, it is easier to ride a bicycle once you "get going." Gyrowheel takes advantage of this property even when the bike is moving slowly. The disk inside Gyrowheel spins independently of the bike wheel. Thus, even when a rider is moving very slowly on the bicycle, the precession of Gyrowheel is still felt. If the rider begins to fall, Gyrowheel precesses under the rider's weight, restabilizing the bike.

THE RESULTS
In the lab, Gyrowheel has been empirically proven to increase stability of a bike by 6-8 times as compared with an unaided bike. This added stability makes riders feel more confident and safe and allows them to learn to ride more quickly, or simply enjoy riding with added stability. Gyrowheel has also proven to be "cool" to "extremely cool."

More information may be found at The Gyro Bike
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