Three test bicycles differed only by handlebar configurations: racing (Maes Bend), standard, and high rise. The manoeuvrability of each bicycle was measured as subjects performed six tasks: circle, lane change, figure-eight, straight lane tracking, cornering, and slalom. Subjects were matched by riding experience and grouped by their familiarity with either race or standard bicycle. Analysis of variance showed that no bicycle times bicycle-familiarity interaction effects were significant in any one of the analyses. The performances observed on the bicycles with high-rise and standard handlebar configurations indicated they were not significantly different from each other. On the circle, figure-eight, and slalom tasks, performance with both the high-rise and standard handlebars was significantly better than with the race handlebars. The high-rise showed a slight performance edge on tasks requiring the greatest amount of manoeuvrability, while the standard handlebars offered more control at slower speeds and on tasks requiring stability in tracking.

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    IPC Science and Technology Press Limited

    IPC House, 32 High Street
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  • Authors:
    • Mortimer, R G
    • Domas, P A
    • Dewar, R E
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

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  • Accession Number: 00159666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM