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Hey, I know it's been a while. I've got a question for you. I've got scientific research (not physics) and graphic design backgrounds, and I've thought about creating an animation of bike geo with explanations. Do you think there's at least a niche interest out there for such a thing? I'm curious because it will be a load of work. I'd probably make it a community effort somehow, accept criticism, and refine the factual accuracy over time to keep it as a go-to resource.
While my background isn't related, I've read academic research papers on bike geo. I'd say the industry folks seem to approach things with a degree of knowledge (intended), but mostly experience and theory, which has been iterated through generations without any real scrutiny (or hard results). There is good data for trail actually, but the data indicate that trail doesn't seem so important to bike stability (how easy it is to turn) as is generally predicted. So...?
I think there are aspects to many geo variables and how they function on the trail that never get mentioned in the bike media. And I think there are two factors for that. I think the real audience for dry mechanistic detail isn't so big, as well as there simply not being a great level of understanding on this stuff. Systems are hard to understand, no question, but I don't think there's broad interest in making the effort to crack the system of The Bicycle.
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