Science of Cycling

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Check out our click-and-reveal infographic above detailing the hidden science that goes into the sport of cycling.

Bicycle design is a collaborative process involving industrial and software engineers, graphic designers, and various factories and teams to ensure technical and aesthetic efficiency for cyclists.

The first recorded invention of the bicycle (as it’s known today) was built in 1418 by Italian engineer, Giovanni de la Fontana, who constructed a human-powered device consisting of four wheels and a loop of rope that was connected by gears. The advent of pneumatic tire and the chain drive, followed by the development of gears, revolutionized bicycling in the 19th century and has only continued to advance using science and technology to the bikes we see and use today.

Cycling – especially elite cycling competition – would not be possible without a firm grounding in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. It all relies on the fundamentals of science. From the physics of force and movement, to the biology of metabolism and energy production, to the sophisticated industrial design and ergonomic engineering of components and materials, cycling is a deeply scientific sport.

Who would have thought that cycling was so scientific? And it doesn’t stop there. Science plays a huge part in your daily life and everything you do, whether you’re out cycling, cooking a meal or even fast asleep. If you look close enough, you’ll find that science has a hand in even the simplest things. It’s everywhere.