1Q50.20 - Gyroscopes - Bicycle Wheel
The simplest and most clear example of a gyroscope is the bicycle wheel with handles.
Get the rotating bike wheel and place it on its stand. Clamp the spinning base to the table top. Be sure that the tire is inflated to about 50 psi.
Remove or secure all loose articles of clothing to avoid getting them caught in the wheel. Also keep the rope on the handle clear of the spinning wheel. Start the large bicycle wheel spinning. There is an internal clutch in the bike wheel, so place the wheel on the spinning base and roll the knurled handle back and forth between your palms. Once spinning, it may be held by one handle or with a length of cord to show precession. It may also be suspended from a spring balance to show the force on the point of support.