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On the Exposure of Hands to Vibration in Road Cycling: An Assessment of the Effect of Gloves and Handlebar Tape

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VELUS Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Universite de Sherbrooke 2500, Boulevard de l’Université, Sherbrooke, QC J1K 2R1, Canada
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School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics—University of Brighton, Cockcroft Building, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 213; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060213
Published: 22 February 2018
The objective of this work was to assess the effectiveness of cycling gloves and handlebar tape in reducing the vibration transmitted to the cyclist’s hands in the classic “hoods” position for shock-type excitation at the front wheel on a bicycle treadmill. Three pairs of conditions were tested on a single participant: (1) With gloves vs. no gloves, no bar tape; (2) With bar tape vs. no bar tape, no gloves; (3) With gloves and bar tape vs. no gloves and no bar tape. We have shown that a rider can expect a small but significant drop in the level of transmitted power and energy through the handlebars when wearing a standard pair of road cycling gloves. If bar tape is used however (both with and without gloves), there is a significantly larger drop in the level of transmitted power and energy through the handlebars.
Keywords: road cycling; dynamic comfort; vibrations; gloves; handlebar tape road cycling; dynamic comfort; vibrations; gloves; handlebar tape
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Drouet, J.-M.; Covill, D.; Duarte, W. On the Exposure of Hands to Vibration in Road Cycling: An Assessment of the Effect of Gloves and Handlebar Tape. Proceedings 2018, 2, 213.

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