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The TU Delft Bicycle Simulator

The TUDelft Bicycle Simulator, version 2, Jan 2017. Characteristics are: virtual environment by Unity, visual feedback by a screen (1th and 3rd person view) or by a head mount display (oculus rift), haptic torque feedback on the handle bars driven by a Carvallo/Whipple bicycle computer model, roll angle only …


Nick Appelman Successfully Defended His MSc Thesis

Nick Appelman successfully defended his Engineering Dynamics MSc thesis on: Dynamics and Control of a Steer-by-Wire Bicycle, MSc thesis, Delft University of Technology, Nov 2012. His excellent work won the TU Delft Bicycle Lab award "De Gouden Spaak" (Golden Spoke). Below you find two videos showing the steer-by-wire bicycle in …

Bicycle Tire Test Rig

Andrew Dressel is finishing his bicycle tire testrig. All information on the bicycle tire testing can be found at: http: //bicycle.tudelft.nl/tiretesting/

Calspan Bicycle Reports

After many years of searching and negotiating we are now able to post a selection of the Calspan reports on Bicycle and Motorcycle Dynamics research. Thanks to the effort of Jim Papadopoulos and Doug Milliken!

LEGO Mindstorms NXT Based Bicycle Robot

Joep Mutsaerts builds a LEGO Mindstorms NXT based bicycle robot in an assignment for the TUDelft 3mE/PME course Mechatronic System Design II. The lateral stability control is done by the concept of "steer into the undesired fall" and comes down to only one line of code in the controller …


Full Motion Capture of Bicycle Riding on a Treadmill

Jan 9-11, 2009: For three days we have been doing full motion capture of the rider and the bicycle while riding on the large(3X5 m) VU Amsterdam treadmil. This to investigate rider motions on a bicycle. The Optotrack Certus Motion Capture System with active markers was used (thanks to …

Exploratory Tests on the VU Treadmill

Today we did a number of exploratory tests on the big VU treadmill (3X5m) to have a first look at human rider control. The bicycle was a Batavus Browser town bicycle which was prepared by Jodi and Jason and is equipped with sensors for: steer angel, steer rate, rear frame …

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 …

VU University Amsterdam Treadmill

Today we (Jodi and I) went to the VU University Amsterdam and looked at the big treadmill from the faculty of Human Movement Sciences. My friend Knoek van Soest works there and was so nice to let us do some preliminary tests to see if we could use the treadmill …

Salome Can Ride a Bicycle!

Salome, 3 and 11/12 years old, can ride a bicycle! Thanks to the Cornell/UIUC method. In the last couple of years Andy Ruina, Jim Papadopoulos and Richard Klein gave me advice on how to teach your kid to ride a bike. With our first child, Samuel, I screwed …


(Spring 2003)

Results: Here are some of my preliminary results on the analysis of the dynamic behavior of a bicycle. For the analysis we used our software system SPACAR. This software has been developed at Delft University of Technology and is capable of doing dynamic analysis of flexible multibody systems. The method …