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Gyrowheel Gyroscopic Training Wheel

Gyrowheel (Image courtesy Gyrobike)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t say I ever thought I’d see much innovation when it came to bicycle training wheels, but that’s exactly what the creators of the Gyrowheel have managed to do. The wheel replaces a bike’s standard front wheel and features a battery powered spinning disc inside that creates a “gyroscopic precession” force which automatically stabilizes the bike. And not only does it prevent a bike from wobbling or falling over, but according to the company it also teaches better riding techniques.

I know the idea might sound a bit skeptical, but seeing the Gyrowheel balance all by itself when placed on the ground in this video (courtesy of Bikecommuters.com) was enough to convince me the concept has merit.

A kid-sized 12-inch version of the Gyrowheel should be available for purchase in the U.S. by December 1, while a 16-inch version should be available by Spring 2010.

[ Gyrowheel ] VIA [ Gizmag ]








  • neilkevin

    The way to turn a bike is to lean it, not drive it like a bus. Training wheels teach a child nothing but how to pedal and get stuck on gaps in the pavement. The most effective way to teach a child to ride a bike is to remove the pedals and put the seat low enough so they can walk the bike around until they are able to coast with their feet in the air.
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