Has the winter weather got you down? Is the snow preventing you from training for the next Tour De France? Or are you afraid to ride outside with all those cellphone weilding drivers? Google bike is the answer for you! Now you can ride anywhere in the world in the climate controlled safety of your home.
Google bike is a virtual bike riding program. Using a few simple electronic components and some software hackery you too can ride in virtual style!
Here's the gist. A sensor from a bike computer is used to detect the rotation of a bike tire. The output of this sensor and the turning angle (controlled by the thumb joystick) is read by an Arduino and relayed to a computer over a usb cable. The computer reads the number of rotations and angle of the joystick and uses these values to control a virtual bike within google earth!