# Question #663f8

##### 1 Answer

The question needs to be stated like this:

"why a cyclist leans inwards when he is negotiating a curve on a unbanked road"

Lets concentrate on the first figure on the left.

The cyclist when negotiating a curve towards his right, experiences three forces as shown.

Weight

Normal Reaction

Force of friction

Recall that motion in a circle requires centripetal force. This is provided by Static frictional force

where

When the cyclist negotiates the curve, Centripetal force

To prevent the cyclist from skidding centripetal force must be equal or less than the force of static friction.

While the cyclist negotiates the curve, if he bends inwards from the vertical, by an angle θ. The reaction

#R sin θ# component, acting towards the centre of the curve and providing required centripetal force.# R cos θ# component which balances the weight of the cyclist plus of bicycle.

For equilibrium

Dividing equation (1) by (2) we get

Equation (3) tells us the amount of angle cyclist should bend inwards for a given velocity and radius of curve so as to prevent skidding.