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Course Title

Product Dissection: Bicycles



A bicycle, or bike, is a small, human powered land vehicle with a seat, two wheels, two pedals, and a metal chain connected to cogs on the pedals and rear wheel. A frame gives the bike strength, and all of the parts other than the frame are attached to the frame. The name comes from these two wheels - the prefix "bi-" meaning two, and the suffix "-cycle" meaning wheel. It is powered by a person riding on top, who pushes the pedals around with his or her feet. [Source:]


-To explore how a bicycle works and to see the differences between cameras from different manufacturers.

-Freshman or sophomore level students of all engineering majors


Dr. Simpson


The Pennsylvania State University

Activity Classification

Activity Classification
Cross-Cutting Concepts Congnitive Dimension Tech Topic Area - Engineering
○ Systems ● Knowledge ○ Medical
○ Bio-based
● Design ○ Capabilities ○ Engergy & Power
○ Info Tech & Comm
○ Connections ○ Decision-making ○ Transfortation
● Manufacturing & Const

Teaching Materials

For more details on the bicycle, click here: Bicycle

Wiki tutorial: Wiki TutorialPpt-icon.gif

Guide to Writing Wiki Code for Bicycle: Bicycle Wiki Guide

Bicycle Archaeology

The evolution of a bicycle has had an enormous impact on society in terms of life, culture, environments, and advancing modern technologies. For an example, several components in automobile industries were originally invented for the bicycle – e.g., ball bearings, pneumatic tires, chain-driven sprockets, spoke-tensioned wheels, etc. To investigate the impact on society, we discuss the invention and evolution of the bicycle related to Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal issues.

- Global Issues:Bicycle_Global_Issues

- Economic Issues: Bicycle_Economic_Issues

- Environmental Issue: Bicycle_Environmental_Issue

- Societal Issue: Bicycle_Societal Issue

Electric Bicycle Archaeology

Electric bicycles have been around for awhile and have had varied impact in different societies as the technology has advanced. Once example is the new Yike Bike that will be available in class.

YikeBike.jpg (Source:

The following links highlight the extent of this impact on Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal issues around the world.

- Global Issues: Electric_Bicycle_Global_Issues

- Economic Issues: Electric_Bicycle_Economic_Issues

- Environmental Issue: Electric_Bicycle_Environmental_Issue

- Societal Issue: Bicycle_Societal Issue

Supporting Wiki pages

Product Dissection: Single-Use Cameras: Single-Use Cameras

Product Dissection: Bicycles: Bicycles

Engine Dissection Wiki Project ME240/107S : ME107/240 2010S

Refrigerator: Refrigerator_Whirlpool

Washer: Washer_MAYTAG

Dishwasher: Dishwasher_Electrolux

LCD TV: LCD TV_Westinghouse

ME240 Course Links

Main Course Page



Appliances (Single-Use Cameras)