DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL DEVICE FOR MEASUREMENT OF PEDAL FORCE IN CYCLING
Keywords: cycling, pedal force, PolyPower sensor
AbstractA 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 sensor´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.
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