The Physics of Cycling

The role of physics in one the least understood sports.

Almost the entire spot of cycling is based on physics. Some aspects are obvious, like torque and other basic forces, although others do not come to mind as easily. Things like aerodynamics are playing an increasingly larger role in the sport, along with other things like damped harmonic motion (think mountain bike suspension), and efficiency. A lot of the detailed things would be beyond this site, but the basics, which are the most import parts, will be talked about.


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By Peter Morris

Newman, Phys 212 F02