The Science of Bicycle Racing

The Science of Bicycle Racing

by Suzanne Buckingham Slade


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Watching a bicycle race is exciting, but have you ever wondered about the science behind the speed? From before riders reach the track until they blaze across the finish line, science plays a key role. Find out about the concepts behind bicycle and track design, aerodynamic clothing and gear, and much more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476551920
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Series: The Science of Speed
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile: NC1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 9 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Olympic Speed 4

Chapter 1 Science of Bicycling Basics 6

Muscle to Motion 6

Puttin' on the Brakes 8

They Bicycle Machine 10

Weight and Balance 12

Crash, Bash! 14

Chapter 2 BMX Racing 16

Tackling the Hills 16

Case Study: Freestyle 18

Chapter 3 Hitting the Road 20

Weight Matters 20

Aerodynamics 22

Riding the Draft 24

Maintaining Energy 26

Chapter 4 Taking it to the Track 28

The Velodrome 28

Shaped for Speed 30

Chapter 5 Mastering the Mountains 32

A Bumpy Ride

Mountain Biking Tires and Tread 34

Get it in Gear 36

Chapter 6 The Extreme Sport of Cyclo-Cross 38

Explosive Power 38

Keep Your Balance 40

Under Pressure 42

Conclusion: More Action Ahead 44

Back Matter 46

Glossary 46


Internet Sites 47

Index 48

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