Is Our Self Balancing Electric Bike Dream Coming True?

Pandemic-made bicycles are more popular than ever. These days everyone is on bikes.

After all, a bike provides a cheaper and safer way to move from one place to another without spending money on a private car or endangering yourself on public transport.

But, not everyone knows how to ride, and learning to ride can be time-consuming.

Solution?

Self-balancing electric bike.

What if there was a self-powered, self-balancing bike that could turn corners by itself and help people with balancing issues or other problems learn to ride?

Self Balancing Electric Bike by Jia Ming Xiong

A Chinese engineering student, Jia Ming Xiong, at Beijing University tried just that.

He and his colleagues added gyroscopic sensors to a standard electric bike, turning it into a smart and self-balancing electric bike.

The engineer, a vlogger, designed a complex auto-control system for the bike that helps control, run and balance the bike without being manned.

According to the CAD model, the bike uses electric motors and flywheels under the seat, a servo-powered system for the front wheels, and a battery pack to power the machine. 

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    How does it work?

    The bike is still in its testing phase, but the student claims that he has already made a prototype that can turn corners by itself.

    The system for this auto-control uses four flywheels and two gyroscopes under the seat. These provide power to turn left or right depending on which way you lean your weight. It also has a gyro, RGB depth camera, accelerometer, and LiDAR that detect the front of the bike and ensure that you don’t hit anything or fall off.

    The inventor claims that he can take his hands off the handlebars for ten seconds without causing any problems with balance.

    The bicycle has no pedals, making it ideal for people who want to ride but cannot ride a normal bike by balancing themselves on the two wheels. It would also cost less than a regular self-powered bicycle.

    At the moment, the inventor is trying to find investors or companies that want to test his smart electric bike and help him turn this invention into something people can use.

    How to make a self-balancing bicycle at home?

    Since the bicycle is not yet on sale, but it’s still an interesting invention.

    Also, some people might want to know how to make one on their own.

    Well, if you are interested in manufacturing your version of a smart electric bike, here are some things you will need to keep in mind while making it.

    First of all, you will need to make the chassis, two wheels, and the bike’s body. Since the final product is electric, you will also need some electric components like a DC motor, controller, speed reducer, and wiring.

    You can use any material to build these parts, but an aluminum alloy is a good option if you want it to be durable and long-lasting.

    Also, some metals like stainless steel and nickel are more resistant to corrosion than if you live near the beach or in an area with a lot of humidity.

     

    In addition to these materials, you will also need power-transmitting components, like chains and sprockets, PVC pipe for the handlebars, hydraulic brake components, and rubber hoses.

    You will also need various types of screws and fasteners that are suitable for the materials you use.

    And finally, if you want to complete your self-balancing electric bike, you will need an energy source like a Li-ion battery with a protection circuit board.

    Building Self Powered Bicycle: A Tough Act

    You will also need to understand the following:

    1 – Gyroscope principles behind the invention of this bicycle.

    For instance, you will need to understand how a gyroscope works to make sure that your self-balancing electric bike is properly balanced while it moves.

    2 – Motor Mechanical Elements

    The various motor-mechanical elements are also essential for making this bicycle work without human supervision. So make sure you have everything sorted out before starting.

    For example, if it’s an automatic bike, you will need an electronic actuator to stabilize the body movements and balance it whenever a tilt is detected.

    3 – A proximity sensor

    This is the last thing you will need to make your self-balancing electric bike more efficient.

    You can set up an infrared, ultrasonic, or laser proximity sensor that gives you information regarding the things surrounding your bike and helps you avoid any accidents.

    This proximity sensor can be connected with a control panel for turning on warning lights and sounding horns.

    If you want to make your version of a smart bicycle, don’t forget to include all the essential components and sensors needed.

    This will help you build a complete and fully functional self-balancing electric bike that requires no human intervention.

    Best Bike Balancing Tricks

    Instead of waiting for the inventors to develop the final product, you can learn to keep your body balanced when riding a bicycle. Various bike balance tricks can help you improve your balancing skills and enhance your concentration levels.

    Take a look!

    Look down The Road

    When riding, if you turn your head to look back whenever you lose balance or start falling, this will make it easier for you to lose control of the bike.

    On the other hand, if you look down the road while riding, this will increase your chances of staying safe and avoiding any accidents

    Ride Slow

    If you practice your balancing skills and riding at a slow speed, it will be easier for you to understand body movements and predict the effect of tilting the body. 

    Find a Proper Seat Height

    The distance between your knees and the rear wheel of your bike should be equal to the length of your foot. If you lean forward excessively, it will make it more difficult for you to balance and change the weight distribution from front to rear wheel.

    So it’s better to have a proper seat height that helps you stay safe and avoid accidents

    Lean Forward and Back Gradually

    Though it’s good to lean forward while riding the bike, you should avoid leaning too much. If you lean back, this can help you keep your balance and prevent any accidents.

    Try Exercises

    Use core exercises to balance your body. You can also use various yoga asanas to improve your balancing skills. Yoga is very practical and beneficial for improving your overall health as well as balancing your body.

    So, you can also combine the two and enjoy the positive effects of both.

    Final Thoughts

    The concept of a self-balancing bicycle for adults is still not fully developed. It needs some time to be brought into production.

    The Chinese engineer’s invention of a self-balancing bicycle is still in the prototype stage. The inventor will need to find investors or companies that want to test his smart electric bike and help him turn this invention into something people can use.

    But until then, we’ll have to wait and see if this self-balancing electric bicycle gets put into production anytime soon.

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