KNWU, KOGA and TU Delft to develop optimal track bike for the Tokyo Olympics

11 July 2017 by Webredactie 3mE

The Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielrenunie, KNWU), bike manufacturer KOGA and TU Delft are joining forces to develop a revolutionary track bike. The new lightweight, aerodynamic bike will take account of differences between individual cyclists.

Multiple disciplines from TU Delft are involved in the development of the new track bike. Aerodynamicists, for example, will help devise new methods of further reducing drag, and experts in lightweight materials will contribute to creating a bike offering the ideal rigidity for the least weight. Arend Schwab, assistant professor from the department of BioMechanical Engineering is also working on the new design.

‘It is important to tailor the geometry of the bike to the cyclist in such a way that the bike is as manoeuvrable as possible, while ensuring that all of the cyclist’s power output is converted into forward speed’, explains Arend Schwab.  

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