Do you remember the frustration (and fear) of learning to ride a bike as a kid? The hardest part was figuring out how to keep your balance. Well there’s a revolutionary new product coming on the market that will make learning a whole lot easier.

The Gyrowheel is made by GYRObike™. It’s a battery operated bicycle wheel with an internal spinning disk that results in a phenomenon known as gyroscopic precession. What this means is that the bicycle wheel can resist any change in direction which is perpendicular to its rotation. As a result, the Gyrowheel acts like training wheels to make a bicycle less likely to fall over. When the rider gains more confidence, the speed of the internal disk can be slowed to give less stability.

A 12-inch Gyrowheel will be available in December and a 16-inch version is expected in the first half of 2010. An adult-sized model is also under development.

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Stan Megraw

Stan is a writer/researcher, a PhD graduate of McGill University and was a member of the CurioCity team for several years. As a kid he dreamed of playing hockey in the NHL then becoming an astronaut with NASA. Instead, he ended up as an environmental research scientist. In his spare time Stan enjoys working on DIY projects, cooking and exploring his Irish roots.


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