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Riding a bike is incredibly hard, scientists discover

Few things are said to be easier than riding a bike but scientists investigating our ability have discovered that it is actually extremely complicated.

The researchers from three different countries took more than three years to come up with a mathematical formula to mimic what most children can do by the age of 10.

The complex equation, which takes into account inertia, gyroscopic and centrifugal forces as well as gravity, has 31 numbers and symbols and nine sets of brackets.

The formula boils down to: Inertia forces + gyroscopic forces + the effects of gravity and centrifugal forces = the leaning of the body and the torque applied to the handlebars of a bike.

Or put more simply, if you do not pedal fast enough to keep moving while keeping the bike straight, you fall over.

The equation produced by scientists from universities in Holland, the USA and Nottingham has come to light during research by Halfords to compile tips for parents teaching their children to ride a bike.

With National Cycle Week this week, more people than ever are being encourage to get on a bike and Halfords was hoping to help cut down on the agony suffered by youngsters when going though that rite of passage when first taking to two wheels.

Paul McClenaghan, the commercial director of Halfords, said: “It turns out that getting off on the right foot on a bicycle, ditching the stabilisers and speeding away from your anxious parents is actually much more complex that people realised.

“Once you master the technique as the saying goes it’s something you never forgot, but there is a great deal of science behind the skill.”

Dr Arend Schwab of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands who helped develop the equation explains that ever since the inventions of the bicycle in the 1860s mathematicians have been trying to use Newton’s laws of motion to explain its unique movement and ability to balance.

“People more than a hundred years ago were trying to figure out why a two wheeled bicycle, given forward momentum, like a push, would seem to balance by itself,” said Dr Schwab.

The meticulous mathematical account of bike riding and their continued research may eventually lead to better bike design with improved stability and safety, something that has also attracted the attention of British bike retailing giant Halfords.

Dr Schwab said: “Using our equation we can simulate the motion of a bike and predict whether it will remain stable or not, under certain conditions, such as if it goes over a bump, or is hit by a gust of wind.

“This equation is aimed at enabling a bike designer to change certain features and to see the overall finished effect on the bike, without having to actually manufacture it first.

“For instance if you are designing a folding bike with smaller wheels or one with a shorter wheel base this equation allows you to interpret how design changes will affect the stability and behaviour of the bike.”

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Atlanta Brewing becomes Red Brick

Without fanfare, big change has been under way at Atlanta Brewing Co.

There’s a new name, Red Brick Brewing. And there are new Red Brick labels.

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There’s also a new direction.

The company has shifted focus outside of Atlanta to markets in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“We haven’t put a new sign on the outside of the building, yet,” said Red Brick president Bob Budd during a recent interview. “But we’ve been thinking about this for awhile. It’s about getting our public image in line with our product name.”

Founded in 1993, Atlanta Brewing is the oldest operational small brewery in Georgia. Since the beginning, its beers have been know as Red Brick.

“Having two names has confused people for a long time,” Budd said. “And now that we’ve expanded into six other states, there’s no reason to confuse those people, too. We thought this was a great time to rebrand the company to be the same as the brand of beer.”

Despite Red Brick’s hometown position, Budd admits that Atlanta continues to be a tough place to sell beer.

“We’re hoping to grow the Atlanta market this year,” Budd said. “But this is the most competitive market in the Southeast. Sweetwater has done a great job here and so has Terrapin.”

“Getting out there beyond Atlanta has really helped us. We’re growing considerably in Florida and South Carolina. Surprisingly enough, Alabama is doing well and Mississippi is doing extremely well.”

Last year’s relaunch of Laughing Skull in partnership with the Vortex Bar and Grill has been another unexpected boon to Red Brick sales, Budd said. Longtime brewer Dave McClure created a new recipe, changing Laughing Skull from a Bohemian pilsner to an amber ale.

“Laughing Skull is our number one seller right now,” McClure said. “When we go to new markets, that’s the beer everyone wants.”

Red Brick Brown, Blonde, Pale Ale and Porter are still the heart of the year-round lineup. Red Brick Helles Bock is the current seasonal. And McClure is working on a new series of limited edition barrel-aged beers for select draft accounts, including a spiced summer brew.

Overall, McClure and Budd agree it’s a busy time at the brewery, no matter the name.

“We were within dollars of breaking our all time monthly sales record last month,” Budd said. “I think we’re going to set new record this month, and I think we’re going to have a really strong year.”

Athens Twilight April 24th


The main event of the Athens Twilight, the men’s and women’s criteriums, features cyclists representing teams from all over the nation and the world. The men’s criterium is a 80-km race around historic downtown Athens. The course start-finish is on Clayton Street at College Avenue. The 1 kilometer course runs clockwise on Clayton, Lumpkin, Washington and Thomas. 

With $120,000 in prize money on the line for the USA CRITS Series, the Athens Twilight Criterium is dubbed the most insane criterium in the world. Don’t miss a minute of the evenings events.