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On the Design of a Recumbent Bicycle With a Perspective on Handling Qualities

[+] Author Affiliations
A. L. Schwab, J. D. G. Kooijman

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

J. Nieuwendijk

Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Paper No. DETC2012-70391, pp. 303-308; 6 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 1st Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design; 14th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4505-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


A novel approach to bicycle design for handling qualities is presented. The design method is introduced through a case study in which a new front-wheel drive recumbent bicycle is developed. Since there exists no proper definition nor assessment for bicycle handling qualities, design process is based on comparing the uncontrolled dynamics of the new concepts to an existing design, known to handle well. A prototype was built and road test were conducted to compare the handling before being taken into production. The new design shows comparable handling.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Design , Bicycles



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