An investigation into bicycle performance and design

by John Prince

Institution: AUT University
Year: 0
Keywords: Bicycle; Design; Performance; Methodology; Modelling
Record ID: 1306962
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10292/8014


The main hypothesis of this thesis was to determine to what extent mathematical modelling can influence the dynamics of the bicycle and improve handling performance. Hence a key objective was to develop effective and valid design tools that bicycle manufacturers could use to optimise their designs. To do this equations of motion for a bicycle were developed and solved using Simulink in a Matlab environment. A design methodology consisting of four design charts was then developed for manufacturers and designers. The validity of these design charts was confirmed by comparing them to historical design practices and then to elite riders and bicycles from the 2013 Tour de France bicycle race.