Classical and Cycling Mechanics

Classical and Cycling Mechanics

Physics describes cycling using a discipline called Classical Mechanics. Mechanics is a general umbrella for the study of how forces effect motion.  Cycling Mechanics is a straightforward application of  Classical Mechanics.

What does Cycling Mechanics Address?

Given Classical Mechanics studies how forces move objects, then cycling mechanics can be expected to describe:
  • Relevant cycling forces
  • Cyclist Power Generation
  • Pedaling conversion into forward motion
  • Cycle motion when not pedaling
  • Effort needed to execute riding scenarios
  • Making ascents and descents
  • Completing time trials
  • Executing sprints
  • Limiting factors to speed
  • Cyclist power generation limitations

How Different is Cycling Mechanics from other Classical Mechanical Applications?

Classical Mechanics is Cycling Mechanics’ big brother. When applying Classical Mechanics to Cycling, we find the terminology has already found its way into Cycling discussions as well as the attached devices to cycles. Given the physical insights are understood by Elite cyclists, they should be accessible to the rest of us.

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Cycling as seen through the eyes of elite cyclists.