Instrumented Bicycle on the VU Treadmill


Today we put the instrumented bicycle from Jodi' MSc work on the big VU treadmill. We feel more confident about the usage of this treadmill for our bicycle handling experiments if the instrumented bicycle on the treadmill shows the same lateral dynamic behaviour as on the road. It turned out to be rather tricky to launch the bicycle and catch it in the  fall. Jodi got really handy by first launching it from standing aside and then stepping to the rear where he could steer, perturb and catch it. The weave speed  of the bicycle on the road is 4.0 m/s (14.4 km/h) [The bicycle is laterally unstable below the weave speed and stable above]. The preliminary result is that the bicycle shows approximately the same weave speed on the treadmill, as you can see from the three videos below:

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12 km/h: Unstable (wmv 5.8 Mb) 16 km/h: Stable (wmv 9.4 Mb)
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30 km/h: Very Stable (wmv 6.5 Mb)