Exercise Takes Shape, Square [INNO-VENTIONS] Part 2
AND THE ANSWER IS
First, let's review. (It's been a while.) We asked for readers in the last INNOVENTION POST to weigh in on whether this is "for real" or "really fake"?
A few brave souls jumped in:
"This is fake. As crazy as a workout it would be, there would be no balance or momentum to keep you on. Plus, it just looks fake.
We agree. Crazy indeed - crazy cool!
EVA WROTE IN:
"Definitely FAKE. As you would ride - both wheels would be flat at the same time. A jolting ride, if you could ride it at all."
Have you tried NYC streets, Eva? My tires have gone flat just from thinking about NY potholes! :)
"I hope it's a fake or else you would be in for one strange and pretty rough ride!"
Strange indeed, KarenAnn. But, as for a rough ride.....it turns out...
YES, THIS IS... REAL!
...And from what we understand it is uniquely designed to provide a smooth ride
, albeit a short
one. The secret is the shape of the road over which the wheels travel over. It's called a catenary
As described by the Macalester College website (the birthplace of this vehicle):
In 1997 mathematics professor Stan Wagon constructed a square wheel bike that rolls smoothly over a road made out of inverted catenaries...the ride is so smooth that one cannot tell one is not riding a round-wheel bike. (Source: Macalester.edu)
Still skeptical? There's video proof featuring our new friend in action.
Thankfully, through science and mathematics, we can better understand how the wheels of this bike require a certain road for a smooth ride.
...We also come to appreciate how shape truly changes everything.
Square wheels? You need the right road.
(Human knees.....well, you get the picture.)
why shape matters when it comes to your workouts, click here
for the findings of a research study showing how shape matters when it comes to knee health.
...and...a CAR WITH SQUARE WHEELS!!
Stay Healthy and Go Strong!
Robert Barcia, Editor