Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel at MIT Helps Cyclists Improve Aerodynamics

Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel at MIT Helps Cyclists Improve Aerodynamics The Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, located on MIT's Cambridge, Mass., campus, involves a fascinating technology that helps cyclists improve their speed and balance when battling the elements during a race.

The wind tunnel was originally built in 1937 to assist in the development and structure of World War II aircrafts. Since then, however, the tunnel has been used for a multitude of different studies, including testing wind patterns for Fenway Park.

Cyclists see the greatest benefit from testing in the tunnel, as aerodynamics is incredibly crucial to their sport. Even something as small as a cyclist moving his hands inward on the handlebars makes a difference, and it's all tested in the tunnel.

The premiere episode of Shining City explored the depths of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel. Check out the video below.

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