Engineering: How does a bicycle work?

We are really enjoying being young engineers.  Today we had a look at teacher’s bicycle.  We examined each part and tried to find out what these parts do.  Here are some things we looked at:  saddle, lights, reflectors, handlebars, mud guards, chain guards, chain, gears. bell, shock absorbers, stabilizers, pedals, drink holder, paniers, carrier, lock, bottle holder, basket, magnetic lights.

We also talked about bicycle safety and what to wear to keep ourselves safe on the bicycle.

We looked at pictures of the penny farthing bike and other bicycles of long ago.

Did you know that people who are blind can enjoy cycling by being on a tandem bicycle?  Unicycles have one wheel, bicycles have two, tricycles have three wheels (and if there was a bicycle with eight wheels it would probably be called an “octocycle”!)

There is a lot of engineering involved in designing and making a bicycle.

Maybe we can do this when we grow up!