Tinkering With the Basic Bike

Turning a bicycle into a blender, and making it go faster and farther with less effort.

By Sorcha McDonagh, 00:00 AM August 25, 2003

Bicycles are a great way to get around. They're fun to ride, especially down hills. And, as you whiz along the road, you might also think of ways in which you could improve your bike—make it safer, more efficient, more comfortable, or more versatile. In fact, the two-wheeled machines make for some cool science projects.

This year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held last May in Cleveland, featured three bicycle projects from three countries. Like many of the other...

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