10 Bicycle Handling Performance
Bicycles, despite being unstable at rest, are remarkably stable when in motion. Some have claimed that the invention of the bicycle was a revolution in thought, demanding extraordinary foresight to predict that a single-track vehicle could be stable enough to ride. It is much more likely that when Baron Karl Von Drais built his Draisienne—the first two-wheeled single track vehicle known—he had no notion of it being stable. Probably, he expected it would require balancing with the feet (which also provided propulsion by pushing against the ground). Perhaps the Baron experienced a moment of surprise and astonishment when the vehicle...