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Explain Me This: How a Bicycle Works

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Even with modern scientific investigation tools, advanced computer simulation, AI and robotics, scientists around the world are still groping in the dark when it comes to explaining how the bicycle works or why it stays upright and stable as it moves, with or without a rider. The bicycle now has almost 200 years of history behind it, indeed a lot more than its far distant four-wheeled relative, the car, in which tons of technological innovations and advancements have been poured into, but somehow, not a single scientific evidence has been found that will explain why we can put two wheels on a frame made of steel (or whatever material) and make this strange contraption called a bicycle (also used to be called a "velocipede") go.

Fortunately for Fireflies, the world is full of roads wide and narrow, single tracks, mountain passes, river crossings, valleys and plateaus, where a biker, intrepid or not, is welcome to discover more than what the senses perceive.

 

The way lab coat wearing people see it is that there are several factors that contribute to the bike’s stability but as things are, it is as if they can’t put their finger on it. They simply can't explain how bicycles work.

And since there are no actual scientists in the Firefly Brigade who can adequately and wisely explain to us what this means in plain English, we can only point you to this article for further explanation and enlightenment.

But scientists and scientific theories aside, (no one needs to know the exact reason why anyway), just give any Firefly a bike of any configuration, size, heft, number of wheels, color, age, or precedence and point him or her to any of the cardinal points of the planet, and you won’t be disappointed at the response.

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There are no explanations necessary for a Firefly to believe that a bike can take him or her to any place on earth where you can go through riding a contraption with two wheels. Fortunately for Fireflies, the world is full of roads wide and narrow, single tracks, mountain passes, river crossings, valleys and plateaus, where a biker, intrepid or not, is welcome to discover more than what the senses perceive. Who needs scientific or otherwise explanations to tell us the why’s and the how’s of bicycle stability when all we need is simple intuition and enough cycling experience to prove to us that indeed, two wheels on a craggy steel or smooth carbon fiber frame will make a bike that moves quite stably even without a rider?

For non-bikers, no explanation will suffice – no pictures, no videos, no testimonials will convince them that there is a happy, fun world between our legs when we are on our bikes. But Fireflies know better – a bicycle by any other name would ride as swell and magnificently anywhere!

 

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