16 June 2009

Slow Bicycle Race Rules... Apparently.

Got this sent to me today. Rules for a Slow Bicycle Race from a university in Canada.

It's a physics experiment, but it's funny to see official rules. Marc and I certainly could have benefited from them.

Slow Bicycle Race
Objective: To ride a two-wheeled bicycle over a fixed course in the longest interval of time.
Participants: Teams of up to six.
Materials: The bicycle will be provided and will have the following specifications:

a. It will have only two rubber-tired pneumatic wheels in ground contact, which are coplanar in the plane of the frame when traveling forward in a normal fashion.
b. It will have steering capability in the normal fashion.
c. Tire prints of the bicycle will not exceed 8 cm in width and 20 cm in length when the student is on the bicycle.
d. Minimum wheel radius will be 15 cm
e. No part of the bicycle except the tires will touch the course.
f. The bicycle will have a single forward speed and a coaster brake activated by back pedaling.

1. The course will be 20 meters long and 0.75 meter wide.
2. The course will not be sloped.
3. The course will be marked.
4. Forward motion shall be provided by the muscles of the rider.
5. No part of the competitor's body may touch the ground.
6. The bicycle must maintain forward motion at all times.
7. The bicycle must remain within the boundaries of the course.
8. Each team will be allowed 2 attempts to complete the course.

Scoring: The longest time to complete the course will determine the team score. The longest time will receive 100 points. Each team's time will be scored by the ratio of its time to the winning time.


Rick Raab-Faber said...

Like crying in baseball, there are NO rules in slow bicycling...

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Anonymous said...

i love to bicycling.
Strida Folding Bicycle

lunalander said...

This is the bike that would win the race:

Another nice race would be: Slow Bicycle Race on 15% uphill slope.
The race of the maximal efficiency!!

mindcaster said...

@Rick Raab-Faber: my thoughts exactly