Bike riding biomechanics and performance in children
Cycling is a popular and enjoyable activity amongst children. In order to a child to ride ergonomically, it is important for the bike design and the child’s position on the bike to be underpinned by scientific evidence.
This PhD project examined the factors that underpin bike riding mechanics and performance in children. The specific aims of the studies included in this project were three-fold: 1) determination of an optimal bicycle setup for children (Grainger et al. 2017), 2) examination of the effect of different q-factors on cycling kinematics and kinetics, and 3) elucidation of the biomechanical mechanisms underlying the selection of preferred cadence in children.
The results of this project are being used to guide the development of ergonomically optimized bikes and as a bike-fitting guide for children.
Grainger K, Dodson Z & Korff T. Predicting bicycle setup for children based on anthropometrics and comfort. Applied Ergonomics 59: 449-459, 2017.