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published by Louis A. Bloomfield
This site from How Things Work, by Lou Bloomfield, provides an explanation of why it can be hard to stop a bike with the rear brakes alone.  The site contains a description of how friction and torque produce a rotation of the bicycle that makes the rear brakes ineffective.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Rotational Dynamics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Reference Material
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photo credit: Richard Heeps Photography This resource was a Physics To Go feature from January 1, 2007 until January 16, 2007. View the feature here!


Access Rights: Free access
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Keywords: bike, brake, force, friction, pressure, rotation, tire, torque, traction
Record Creator: Metadata instance created November 7, 2006 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: Apr 23, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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, WWW Document, (http://www.howeverythingworks.org/page1.php?QNum=161).
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How Things Work: Front and Rear Bicycle Brakes, , <http://www.howeverythingworks.org/page1.php?QNum=161>.
APA Format
How Things Work: Front and Rear Bicycle Brakes. (2006, November 7). Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.howeverythingworks.org/page1.php?QNum=161
Chicago Format
. How Things Work: Front and Rear Bicycle Brakes. November 7, 2006. http://www.howeverythingworks.org/page1.php?QNum=161 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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How Things Work: Front and Rear Bicycle Brakes. 7 Nov. 2006. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.howeverythingworks.org/page1.php?QNum=161>.
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