How to analyse torque data as well as introduction to some of the market leading technology – the fundamental principles of human force production and relates them to the specific conditions of upright cycling

Course Outline

Torke Cycling Torque Analysis takes the fundamental principles of human force production and relates them to the specific conditions of upright cycling.

  • High end education for performance oriented fit
  • Experience needed
  • Participant from all over the world
  • Small groups (max 10 people – Flanders, 4 people – Bath)
  • Theoretical and practical (50/50)

There are many ways to look at force production including pedalling smoothness, efficiency, average torque angle and peak torque force. Understanding what these measurements are and how they relate to a cyclist’s ability to create power is essential for using torque analysis to direct bicycle fitting decision making.

Course Outcome

  • Which muscles do the work in cycling
  • Torque analysis, what does it tell
  • Relation between torque diagrams and position
  • Torque analysis vs muscle activation (EMG) and position

Course Length 1 day, can be combined with other 1 day courses

IBFI Credits 40

Course Cost 350Euro / £300 (10% discount for IBFI members in UK) / DK please contact

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Day 3: Torke Torque Analysis @nordicbikefit Today we are looking at the effects of riders position on torque forces (magnitude and direction of pedaling forces on the crank arm) Power = Effective Force and pedaling rate(footspeed or cadence) Effective force = How much of your pushing actually turns the crank. Pedaling efficiency = how much energy does it take to create a certain power. However in certain cycling situations it's not just power and pedaling efficiency that's needed but pedaling smoothness. Pedaling smoothness = delivery of effective force through more of the pedal stroke (pushing forward and pulling back top/bottom of pedal stroke) The low inertia of riding up a steep hill/riding in sand forces the body into delivering a smoother pedal stroke even though it's a more inefficient way of pedaling compared to other cycling situations. As bike fitters we are interested in looking at how position effects the riders ability to create efficient and smooth pedal force in certain positions and if/how this can be measured. Here we are using Shimano Dynamics Labs impressive array of torque metrics to analyse these effects.

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Locations

Flanders Bikevalley  (+/- 50 minutes from Eindhoven Airport / +/- 120 minutes from Amsterdam Airport) / +/- 60 minutes from Brussels airport

University of Bath, Bath, UK (Nearest airport Bristol, nearest train station Bath Spa, direct link to Heathrow)

Nordic BikeFit, Copenhagen DK (Nearest airport Copenhagen)

Extras

Although the education is 100% independent of any tool or parts manufacturer in the education some techniques and products will be shown and demoed at Flanders Bike Valley

  • Products – Tools used
    • Gebiomized pressure mapping (foot + saddle)
    • Currex insoles
    • G8 insoles
    • Bikefit wedges, pedals spacers, etc
    • Cobb saddles
    • Forza components
    • Bikesettings tools

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