Friction & Cycling


This is a short overview (goals, exercises) about combining the topic of friction (with air or due to using brakes) with the practice of cycling.


Students describe un-/desired types of friction in cycling and methods of de-/increasing them.


  •  letting the bicycle roll (after reaching a certain speed or just down a slope) while trying different poses to reduce air resistance (attach an umbrella on the rear end?)
  •  driving on different surfaces (asphalt, soil, sand, …)
  •  After reaching a specific speed, stop the bike by a) braking b) just letting it roll c) using oiled brakes

Link to image: Cycling-Friction-Overview

Link to other lesson sketches: Cycling Topic Collection


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