Fwd: Mechanics, bicycle wheel giro (fwd)

From: DonRath@aol.com
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 10:31:12 PST

Paul -- As the BIR (biker-in-residence), it seems more logical for you to be
the SPOKESperson on this one. -- Don

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Can you help with this question? Thank you.

Nina Thayer
Snacktalk Moderator

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> From sschellings@Maastricht.kvk.nl Wed Mar 14 04:43:51 2001
> To: snacktalk@exploratorium.edu
> Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 13:44:15 +0100
> Subject: Mechanics, bicycle wheel giro
> When I get your point correctly, then a fast spinning wheel of a bicycle, or a
> motorbike that is going (fast) downhill should not be able to tilt in turns. ?
> Or what force makes it tilt in this case? And my next related question, I am an
> enthousiast biker in the European Alps. When descending, speed can easily reach
> 50 miles/hr. Does it matter for the cornering behaviour (at high speeds) whether
> my bike is fitted with climbing wheels that weigh a little more than 1 lb (with
> featherlight rims and tires), or with regular racing wheels and tires that weigh
> twice that much. The heavier the bike + rider, the faster you will go downhill,
> right? My point is: will a bike with heavy wheels have the tendency to go
> straight instead of into the bend?
> Thank you for an answer
> Sjef Schellings

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