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Physiological and Biomechanical Testing of EasyPedal Pedal Prototypes

Hanlon, Michael and Kennedy, Rodney (2012) Physiological and Biomechanical Testing of EasyPedal Pedal Prototypes. Invest NI. 11 pp. [Research report (external)]

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Abstract

The aim of both studies was to assess the effects of the EasyPedal prototypes compared to conventional pedals on cycling efficiency. The main study and case study results do not indicate reduced energy expenditure when using the EasyPedal prototypes versus conventional pedals in either a typical cycling set-up or semi-recumbant position. This is based on similar levels of oxygen consumption and heart rate when using both pedal types at the same absolute cycling intensity (measured in watts. However, this does not rule out a potential benefit of the EasyPedal prototype when used at slower cycling cadences (testing in this study carried out at cadences of approximately 70 rpm) or with a novel/alternative cycling pattern. The testing detailed in this report illustrates the acute responses to using these pedal prototypes (i.e. after < 30 minutes of use). It is possible that individuals could learn to perform an altered pedalling style which could make greater use of the potential mechanical advantages of the EasyPedal prototypes. Such an altered style would take time to develop and would change the neuromuscular requirements of the task. It is still unknown how much time would be required to develop such a pattern and what possible advantages it would provide in terms of cycling efficiency

Item Type:Research report (external)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:29554
Deposited By: Dr Rodney Kennedy
Deposited On:03 Jun 2014 08:06
Last Modified:03 Jun 2014 08:06

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