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When turning sharp at high speed, does it make sense to shift the weight to reduce risk of skidding? I do not see the point of doing so. Both wheels are leaned at the same angle against the ground no ...
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Does it takes longer to cycle a route with a mountain on it comparing to the same distance without a mountain? What is the cause of that? [duplicate]

Imagine you cycle 100km. On one route there is a mountain 100meter high on an other route is not a mountain but a straight way. Usually it takes longer on the route wiht a mountain. One reason for ...
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Where does the energy loss in cycling go proportionally? [duplicate]

If you are biking on level ground with no wind, I understand that there are losses inherent in your activity which you provide effort to overcome (if you want to maintain a steady speed): Air/wind ...
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Is contact patch area governed by A=W/P

contact_patch_area = weight / tire_pressure Is this true? Wikipedia says "mostly". This guy analyzed some automobile tire manufacturer, and although the info was self-conflicting, he concludes ...
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Riding into a headwind faster than my top speed - how is it possible?

Recently we've had some pretty strong winds here -- today the weather forecast said 20mph gusting to 30mph, but a few weeks ago the gusts were supposedly over 40mph. The forecast direction was within ...
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Why do skinny tires require less pedal effort?

Everyone knows (citation needed) that (at fixed rim diameter) tyres with smaller section require less effort to move around (at least on a paved road). TL; DR. Why? A bit of context. I always ...
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What does a cyclocomputer actually measure for calculating the speed of the bike?

What does a cyclocomputer actually measure for calculating the speed of the bike? Is it the time for one revolution \$T\$ or is it the number of revolutions \$n\$ per given time \$t_0\$? If the radius of ...
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Descending without braking: where's the sweet spot?

This may get too math-heavy, but it seems that only a few variables are needed to estimate the optimum slope to descend without gaining/losing speed. I looked around, but wasn't able to find anything ...
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(racer) Standard vs compact crankset: Increased leverage for same gear ratios true?

I'm a road and mtb regional racer about to have a go at my first road endurance nationals very soon. I'd like some educated scientifically validated answer on a matter that has been on my mind ever ...
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What makes a bike stay upright when moving?

What makes a bike stay upright when it is in motion? What is the relationship between speed and stability? Is it a linear relationship? I could ask this on the physics site however I am hoping ...
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why does the lemond revolution turbo trainer quote its volume of air resistance in meter^2 and not per second cubed?

The Lemond revolution states that it creates consistent aero resistance with its fan power from 0 newtons to 40 newtons along one axis and 0 to 160 meters/second^2 on the other axis. Since air flow is ...
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Someone suggested going with a 700c wheel to go faster, and after thinking about it I am wondering if a larger wheel actually does go faster. I understand that your gears will cause a wheel to rotate ...
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If I attached a “pointy” pool noodle to my bike, would it make me safer even from sadistic drivers?

A few sources suggest that mounting a foam pool noodle on the back of your bike can help stop drivers from passing too closely. Such noodles are available at my dollar store, unlike spring-loaded bike ...
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It would be nice to be able to estimate the grade of a road while riding, even if the estimate is not completely accurate. With a GPS, in theory it should be possible in theory to ride a short ...
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Is a bike faster than a car for the first ten metres? [closed]

The city I live in has just installed cycle boxes in front of traffic at light controlled intersections. This has spark a lot of debate online. My experience is that I will generally, through timing ...
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Approximately where is the center of mass of a mountain bike?

Take a "standard" multipurpose bike like this one: http://www.islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/beinn29.html (Weighing 12.2kg) I'm conducting a physics investigation, and for this I need to know the ...
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How do I calculate the power required to climb a hill at a given cadence?

Suppose I ride at a cadence of 50RPM for 10 minutes with a 39x23 gear ratio on a hill with 10% grade. Is there a simple formula to calculate the power output required?
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What is the effect of adding weight to a wheel vs adding it to the frame?

There are claims often made that, eg, "An ounce of weight at the rims is like adding 7 ounces of frame weight." This is "common knowledge", but a few of us are skeptical, and our crude attempts at ...