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You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that bicycles move forward by pedalling. In theory, the harder you push, the faster you’ll go. Do you? Have you considered the amount of energy you waste by producing muscle force that is not contributing to pedalling? Not many people do and that’s because they are not really sure how much force is actually wasted and how much is generating power. Story picture
Story picture In 1981 scientists implemented load cells into a custom built pedal platform and for the first time recorded forces at the shoe-pedal interface. Besides having limited computer technology and electronics, they were still able to conclude that humans don’t operate like robots and in fact apply a lot of ineffective force to the pedals. Other research groups worldwide followed the innovative idea and started exploring the full potential of optimising pedal forces. We were one of those groups.
We developed the first force pedals in 2009 with 2-dimensional force measurement and the ability to simultaneously record pedal kinematics. Since then, we werecontinually upgrading the capabilities for research use. In 2017 we reached a milestone by being the first company in the market to providecompletely wireless and standalone 6-component force pedals with direct acquisition to a smart device. Forped was described as one of 5 Performance Technologies That Will Change the Way You Ride (bicycling.com). Story picture
Izdelava: MMstudio