Houston’s Well being Museum will get in gear with new bike exhibit
A part of the ‘Gear Up: The Science of Bikes’ exhibit on the Well being Museum
Photograph: Courtesy of The Well being Museum, Contributor / Getty Pictures
They are saying you always remember easy methods to journey a motorcycle. And at a brand new STEM-based exhibit at The Well being Museum, guests will see nostalgic fashions which will think of their first time on two wheels.
With 13 bikes on show and interactive reveals that show how the machines work, “Gear Up: The Science of Bikes” is especially well timed because the U.S. is experiencing a renewed curiosity in biking and, because of this, a scarcity of bikes at retailers nationwide.
“In mild of the pandemic, everyone is specializing in getting outdoor and being more healthy,” says John Arcidiacono, the museum’s President and CEO, who provides that the environmental influence of biking additionally aligns with the museum’s mission.
Early fashions of bikes on view will wow children, together with a penny-farthing, the vintage type with a entrance wheel that’s comically bigger than the rear wheel.
Penny-farthing bikes had been customized match to riders, which included youngsters. A placard explains the identify originates from a small and enormous British coin, the penny and the farthing.
Different bikes present how the transportation has modernized over time — from a Fifties cruiser that drew affect from locomotives to the varieties of carbon fiber bikes used this summer season within the Tour de France.
The place: The Well being Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., via Could 21.
Particulars: Youngsters age 3-12, $8. Adults, $10. Free for kids 2 and underneath. Free on Thursdays for households; thehealthmuseum.org
Some designs are simply plain cool, together with a classic Italian street bike.
Children will spot a unicycle and a clown bike. One over-the-top mannequin is original from three bicycles stacked on prime of each other, propelled by a complete of 330 chain hyperlinks.
Each a tricked-out, customized bike coated in gleaming chrome and a Seventies Huffy with a banana seat are examples of how bikes had been as soon as impressed by choppers and motorbike tradition, says Arcidiacono, a biking fanatic who has participated within the Texas MS150.
Guests will learn the way folding bikes, now utilized by commuters in densely-populated cities who carry them inside their places of work, had been dropped by parachute in World Conflict II to fighters on the bottom.
Different examples of innovation embrace a RoundTail and a fatbike, designed for troublesome terrain and tough climate.
A wheely good time
Interactive components all through the gallery — the place the track by The Police, “Don’t Stand So Shut To Me,” performs because the museum’s light reminder to socially distance — present classes about movement, physics and power.
Children can rub a crayon on paper over tires to check patterns from completely different treads, then launch small balls down ramps to be taught in regards to the legislation of movement.
Close to a Large Wheel bike on show, they’ll research 9 shades of pink to guess which is the precise coloration of a cease signal.
Manipulating colourful gears serves as a lesson on torque. Guests can grip wooden, plastic and rubber brakes to determine which is only.
A “bike physique xylophone” performs musical pitch on bike frames product of carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum. Objects suspended in blue liquid demo how the form of a motorcycle helmet impacts a rider’s pace.
Different hands-on components train how a motorcycle stays upright and why it’s more durable to pedal uphill.
Classes in movement
Visitors can take their new scientific information to the streets at a collection of driving occasions the museum has organized in partnership with Houston BCycle, the non-profit bike share firm.
To spotlight the environmental advantages of biking, “we thought it could make sense to have fun and promote biking in Houston, particularly at a time when persons are turning to safer — and more healthy — outdoor-based actions,” says the museum’s Becky Seabrook.
Abby Fernandez of Houston BCycle says the partnership is a pure one, noting that the BCycle station situated at The Well being Museum is among the most-used within the metropolis.
On the group-ride occasions that promote a wholesome life-style, the general public is inspired to make use of the hashtag #forthehealthofit.
“I’m an enormous advocate for individuals to be outdoors extra,” says Fernandez, who views driving as a method to uncover Houston’s neighborhoods from a recent vantage level. BCycle is presently including e-bikes to its fleet, she says, as extra individuals use bikes “not only for getting from one place to a different however as a method to discover town.”
Alison Bagley is a Houston-based author