Main Question or Discussion Point
Would it be possible to operate an electromagnet using the power produced by pedaling a bicycle? The electromagnet would need to be strong enough to lift up the training wheels of a bicycle.
Would you by chance be trying to see if you could make a self-levitating bicycle using these electromagnets?Would it be possible to operate an electromagnet using the power produced by pedaling a bicycle? The electromagnet would need to be strong enough to lift up the training wheels of a bicycle.
If the training wheels aren't held rigidly in place when you want to use them they won't hold the bike upright when weight is placed on them.Wouldn't the person cycling be able to keep the bike upright? The four wheeled bike would just turn into a regular 2 wheeled one.
Why would you need a locking mechanism?
So, it's just an assignment requiring you to use electromagnets in some gizmo. This isn't some invention you think will revolutionize training wheels.Oh I see, yeah a locking mechanism would be necessary then.
The point is to specifically use electromagnets, so that's why I'm using them.
OK. I don't get the point, but it's perfectly possible to raise the training wheels with electricity generated by the rider. You can reduce the power needed to almost nothing by counterweighing the training wheels. That is: the wheels would pivot forward or backward and they'd be balanced by a counterweight so a very small amount of force would move them. You should be able to generate electricity by mounting a generator that contacts the side of either the front or rear main tires, just like the old school bicycle headlight generators. The faster the rider goes, the more watts they put out.It's not an assignment. But rather an invention I want to try.
If you don't have any practical experience with making electromagnets yourself I suggest you put the invention on hold, step back, and simply play with making a variety of them in various configurations. Start with wire wrapped on a nail like Russ mentioned.I haven't ever used electromagnets before, so I wanted to try them out. I guess it would be something like a metal rod with wire around it? Or just something that can attract metallic objects from far away.
This sounds like trying to help a child learn to ride a bike. Give them a two wheeled scooter to ride for a while. They can step off of it to either side easier than with a bicycle. It will help them learn the concept of steering the scooter/bicycle beneath them to maintain balance. After riding the scooter for a while, my daughter was able to hop on the bike and just ride off.Basically, I want the pedal power to be able to lift up training wheels as the bicyclist pedals faster. And then, they will come down when the bicyclist moves slower.