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On the Effectiveness of Suspension Stems in Reducing the Vibration Transmitted to a Cyclist’s Hands in Road Cycling

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VÉLUS Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Université 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 13th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Online, 22–26 June 2020.
Proceedings 2020, 49(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049020
Published: 15 June 2020
The practice of road cycling is often associated with low levels of comfort for the cyclist and can be a physically painful experience on bad roads. Apart from cushioning in the saddle, applying handlebar tape, or reducing tyre pressure, a road bicycle offers in itself few options for comfort improvement, as it is primarily designed for performance, with emphasis on low mass and high stiffness. However, a range of components exist (e.g., suspension stems and seatposts) that can be fitted to a road bicycle, which can potentially improve comfort. In this context, the aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of suspension stems in reducing the vibration transmitted to a cyclist’s hands in the case of impact loading. The results showed an important reduction in the vibrational energy transmitted to a cyclist’s hands with two commercially available suspension stems compared to a regular stem.
Keywords: road bicycle; dynamic comfort; vibration; suspension stem; transmitted energy road bicycle; dynamic comfort; vibration; suspension stem; transmitted energy
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Drouet, J.-M.; Covill, D.; Labrie, A. On the Effectiveness of Suspension Stems in Reducing the Vibration Transmitted to a Cyclist’s Hands in Road Cycling. Proceedings 2020, 49, 20.

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