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Sports Engineering

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 73–80 | Cite as

Bicycle aerodynamics: an experimental evaluation methodology

  • Harun ChowdhuryEmail author
  • Firoz Alam
Original Article

Abstract

Aerodynamically efficient sports equipment/accessories and athlete body postures are considered to be the fundamental aspect to achieve superior performance. Like other speed sports, the aerodynamic optimisation is more crucial in cycling. A standard full-scale testing methodology for the aerodynamic optimisation of a cyclist along with all accessories (e.g., bicycle, helmet, cycling suit, shoes and goggle) is not well developed, documented, and standardised. This paper describes a design and development of a full-scale testing methodology for the measurement of aerodynamic properties as a function of cyclist body positions along with various accessories over a range of wind speeds. The experimental findings indicate that the methodology can be used for aerodynamic optimisation of all cycling sports.

Keywords

Wind tunnel Full-scale test Aerodynamic drag Cycling Experimental measurement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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