DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL DEVICE FOR MEASUREMENT OF PEDAL FORCE IN CYCLING

  • Thomas Fuglsang
  • Uwe G. Kersting
Keywords: cycling, pedal force, PolyPower sensor

Abstract

A device was developed to be mounted between a cycling shoe and cleat with the ability to measure force perpendicular to the pedal. The device consists of a PolyPower force sensor placed in between two aluminium plates connected by three bolts. Furthermore, a mechanism allowing pulling forces to be measured is explained. The device was comparable to a golden standard when pushed upon, but did not provide valid measurements of pulling forces. In order to function as a valid and reliable power meter or a device capable of measuring pedal forces, the sensorĀ“s recovery rate should be improved along with the pulling mechanism of the device while angular sensors could be added for assessment of pedal kinematics.
Published
2016-05-05
Section
Equipment / Instrumentation