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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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### 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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### 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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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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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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### 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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### How does a bike absorb all the energy in landing from a big drop?

There are countless videos showing BMX/freeride/downhill etc. riders jumping and dropping from heights. For the unprofessional spectator, they seem impossible to survive. From the physical point of ...
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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 ...