Physics in Biking

Well done to Vibhish for his submission that used poetry to show the connection between physics and space. Take a look at his entry below:

Physics is essential to my passion for biking. As a reasonably skilled rider, I use physics every day to power my bike, particularly when commuting to school.

Although my biking abilities play a significant role in my commuting success, it is primarily the principles of physics that enable me to ride my bike with ease.

When biking, there are several factors at play, including angular momentum, friction, gravity, pedalling force, air resistance, aerodynamics, inertia, energy conversion, and more. Angular momentum contributes to the stability of the bike, whereas friction plays an essential role in maintaining safety while biking, such as during braking. Gravity, pedalling force, and air resistance are all forces which act on the bike, affecting its movement. The shape of the rider and the bike while riding, known as aerodynamics, can impact the biking speed. Additionally, inertia allows the bike to continue moving forward even after stopping pedalling. Lastly, energy conversion can be seen when chemical energy stored in your muscles converts into kinetic energy when you push the pedals

It is safe to say that the creation of a bike is truly a great feat. Though a bicycle might look simple it hides a whole labyrinth of physics.