How does a bicycle stay up: The physics behind a bicycle's stability.

Physics Explains How Bikes Drive Themselves (Video)

Physics Explains How Bikes Drive Themselves (Video)

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July 7 2015 4:19 PM

Bicycles Can Drive Themselves

The physics behind seemlingly magical ghost-ridden bicycles.


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A normal bicycle is stable thanks to a perfect union of engineering, design, and physics. However, scientists remain uncertain about the balance and interaction of the many variables that allow a riderless bike to stay up on its own. In the video above, the MinutePhysics team walks you through some combinations that work and others that don't.