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The design of human powered vehicles has focused exclusively on the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle with the cyclist. To further improve performance, it becomes necessary to focus on some aspect other than the aerodynamic properties. The most logical area to explore would be the human engine which powers the vehicles. It is then unknown as to whether improved cycling performance is attributed tn changes in hip angles, knee angles or both; and what the most effective ranges of hip and knee angles are for one pedal revolution. Therefore. the purpose of this investigation was to determine the effect of changes in hip angles on cycling performance as measured by cycling duration and total work output.


This investigation was partially funded by a grant-in-aid of research from Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society.

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