A Bicycle Can Be Self-Stable Without Gyroscopic or Caster Effects

  title={A Bicycle Can Be Self-Stable Without Gyroscopic or Caster Effects},
  author={Jolien Kooijman and Jacob P. Meijaard and Jim Papadopoulos and Andy Ruina and Arend L. Schwab},
  pages={339 - 342}
A new bicycle design points to the importance of mass distribution for stability. A riderless bicycle can automatically steer itself so as to recover from falls. The common view is that this self-steering is caused by gyroscopic precession of the front wheel, or by the wheel contact trailing like a caster behind the steer axis. We show that neither effect is necessary for self-stability. Using linearized stability calculations as a guide, we built a bicycle with extra counter-rotating wheels… Expand
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