Why do bikes stay up?

Why do bikes stay up?

Scientists postulate that bicycles are self-stable above a certain speed because the rotating wheels of the bicycle provide stability through gyroscopic effects. The distance by which the contact point of the front wheel trails behind the steering axis is crucial, and a study in Science20 finds that mass distribution is also important for stability. “For a bicycle to be stable, the steering mechanism has to be unstable.” Read the entire article.

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