Science and technology have forever changed cycling
By: Michael Lander
Cycling, on its surface, might seem deceptively simple and easy. It is, after-all, something that even a child
can do. At its most rudimentary and
fundamental level, it only requires that a person keep their balance and that
they keep peddling in order to stay upright and to propel oneself forward.
There is, of course, more to cycling than just that. Behind the facade of what seems like the mere
simplicity of cycling, there is a myriad of scientific disciplines that explain
every facet of cycling and what we currently know can enhance the performance
and overall experience for those who ride.
Ever since the initial
concept of a bicycle was first created, (consisting of two wheels and
requiring the rider to balance themselves in the early 19th Century), science and technology has played a key
role in the evolution of cycling, (with many improvements and refinements),
that have occurred over the subsequent decades.
Many bicycles that can be found today have extremely efficient gear mechanisms, and they
are often composed of extremely durable and lightweight materials. They are also capable of reaching speeds that
generations of people, before now, could have only dreamed of.
Even with all of the improvements that have been made to bicycles, they still
remain one of the few devices around that are powered exclusively
by a person. They are also one of the least expensive and one of the
means of transportation that can be found and there are few devices in
places around the world that can serve both a practical purpose and can
simultaneously yield remarkable health benefits.
Aside from the science involved with the composition and design of bicycles
that exist today, there are other sciences that focus exclusively on aerodynamics, motion, body
strength and conditioning, diet
and nutrition, and just on the science of cycling
As much as science can explain and improve cycling, and help with improving the
performance of cyclists, in the end, it cannot make you get out and get on your
bike and ride. You must have it within
you to ride even when you don't want to, when it's hot, and when you're tired
and sore. The ability to do that has to
come from within you.
The actual experience of cycling, in some ways, almost seems to transcend
science and mathematics itself.
Mathematicians calculate distances through equations, astronomers
measure distance in light years, but cyclists actually live and feel distances
with every breath and in many of the muscles in their bodies.
With cycling, as with so many other aspects of our modern day lives, we seldom
think about how much of an impact that science and technology has had on our
every day existence. We live in a world
in which science and technology has forever changed and improved our lives and
even cycling will never be the same because of it.
The saying that "time stands still for no one," is true for all of us
and we should all expect new and innovative changes to bicycles, and to cycling,
in the future. To read more about what
we might see, visit journal.ie
Tech. To learn why cycle cities are
our future, check out an online article in arch