Single wheel on (most) wheelbarrows . So no direction indication.
Bikes have two wheels and the turned wheel has an angled 'easy
direction' hence the two 'easy directions' are at an angle to each other
hence the bike turns.
The Natural Philosopher presented the following explanation :
Whilst you cannot ride with the steering lock on, FMurtz is correct in
his assertion that you can turn the steering away from the direction
you are trying to go. It is a common technique. What turning away
actually does, is tighten your turning circle. Its called counter
steering. You push to the right, which allows you to lean even more to
the left and produces an even tighter left turn.
On Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:44:56 +0100, Harry Bloomfield
Quite but with a wheelbarrow you have the means to balance it via the
If you aren't moving with a loaded wheelbarrow and lean it it falls
So if you are moving and lean it I wonder if *you* also
(subconsciously possibly) steer to 'balance' the load?
How often do we lose balance on a wheelbarrow load when moving
compared to when we are stationary? The thought being that you have
more control over the load when moving because you can steer the load
over the COG than the sheer strength you might need to manage the same
via the handles when stopped?
If you are walking along with an empty wheelbarrow and tilt it
sideways a bit but don't change the angle between the handles and the
wheel, does it still deviate from a straight line?
What about the stunt cars that put two wheels up a ramp and then drive
at 45 degrees? What balanced, are the wheels facing straight ahead
(even though at 45 degrees to the road, and ignoring any effort to
counter slip etc)?
Cheers, T i m
Speaking of which, why isn't a builder's barrow made with the wheel more
under the load, rather than out in front? The barrow would have to be
higher, or the load part would have to be shaped round the wheel, but
you could carry much more in one go, or the same load would be easier on
Possibly. I've never tried a Chinese wheelbarrow.
"The Chinese wheelbarrow – which was driven by human labour, beasts of
burden and wind power – was of a different design than its European
counterpart. By placing a large wheel in the middle of the vehicle
instead of a smaller wheel in front, one could easily carry three to six
times as much weight than if using a European wheelbarrow."
Not a large wheel but we found a collapsible wheelbarrow abandoned but in
almost new condition in a shed on an allotment we took on.
Identical to this one
The wheel is set further back than in a normal barrow which means you have
to lift the handles further up than one with a wheel further forward so the
rear legs clear the ground.
And it is far less stable. I can see why it was abandoned.
It has one advantage, I can collapse it and hide it so the Other Half
doesn’t use it as a temporary storage device for pot plants, compost bags
,pruning etc like she does with our two conventional ones .
Temporary seems to be at any time I have cause to move something that needs
a barrow and find them full.
Yeah, that does work better with the heavier loads, because you arent
holding up the load at all, just preventing it from tipping over.
They basically moved on to using bicycles for those heavy loads once it was
invented and that works even better, particularly when empty coming home
And used the other approach of a thing over your shoulder with stuff
hanging off it for the lighter loads that the west used wheelbarrows
for on construction sites and when doing roads and dams etc.
And the Japs didn’t bother with wheelbarrows at all for some reason.
My parents got one of those when I was a kid.
The first limiting factor was traction. On anything other than really
flat ground I couldn't move it at all.
The second limiting factor was - once or twice I'd got it moving OK, and
hit a big bump. The handle shot up in the air, taking me with it, and it
dumped its entire contents on the ground...
<snip> >> Quite but with a wheelbarrow you have the means to balance it via the
I guess you could still have the hoop at the front to tip things out
high enough, even if you had the wheel more under the load?
Maybe it's easier to push a load over lumps and bumps when it's slung
between two ends (less chance of it tipping out forwards)?
Cheers, T i m
Having the wheel further in front especially if it has part of the frame
projecting in front of the wheel in a loop gives a point that allows a load
to be tipped higher than if the wheel sits further back, useful if you are
piling material like sand,soil ,cow dung etc onto a heap.
Well, it does not so much if it was a very thin wheel, but
as to why this is the case...
Do you remember those wheelbarrows with a ball for a wheel. They seemed a
lot less prone to eratic steering.
Its probably due to the unequal forces not being in balance and the
friction of the wheel.
It donos not happen if you pull it instead as there is less downforce.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
I think it probably works as follows:
The tread pattern of the wheel is flat where it's in contact with the
When you tilt to the right, say, the right hand side of the tread
pattern is side wall, whereas the left hand side is the centre of the
tread. The right hand side has a smaller radius from the axle, so the
circumference is smaller, compared to the centre of the tread.
So, that steers the wheel round to the right as you wheel it.
Not sure if that helps!
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