Gears & Levers


This is a short overview (goals, exercises) about combining the topic of the Gears & Levers with the practice of cycling.


  • Students compare bicycles to simple levers and explain the applications of the gears.


  • Cycling with different gear settings or bicycles with differently sized tires
  • Using simple levers to lift objects vs. lifting them directly
  • Use detached cycling components to create winches for a better comparison
  • comparing travel distance per pedal cycle  for different settings

Link to image: Gears-Levers-Overview

Link to other lesson sketches: Cycling Topic Collection


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