Physiological and Biomechanical Testing of EasyPedal Pedal Prototypes

Michael Hanlon, Rodney Kennedy

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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
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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