Some effects of crosswind on the lateral dynamics of a bicycle

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Abstract

The bicycle, being unstable at low speed and marginally stable at high speed, is sensitive to lateral perturbations. One of the major lateral perturbations is crosswind, which can lead to accidents and fatalities. Here we investigate the effect of crosswind on the lateral dynamics and control of the bicycle in a wide range of forward speeds and various crosswinds, by means of computer model analysis and simulation. A low dimensional bicycle model is used together with experimentally identified rider control parameters. The crosswind forces are obtained from a recent experimental study. Analysis and simulation show that crosswind decreases the stability of the bicycle and is clearly a safety issue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering of Sport
EditorsHugo G. Espinosa, David R. Rowlands, Jonathan Shepherd, David V. Thiel
Place of PublicationBasel, Switzerland
PublisherMDPI
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventISEA 2018: 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association 'Engineering of Sport' - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 26 Mar 201828 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings
Number6
Volume2
ISSN (Electronic)2504-3900

Conference

ConferenceISEA 2018: 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association 'Engineering of Sport'
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period26/03/1828/03/18

Keywords

  • bicycle
  • crosswind
  • dynamics
  • control
  • stability
  • handling

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