Back Pain Prevention Mechanism for Cyclists

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Cycling is a great cardiovascular activity that's generally easy on the joints because it's not weight bearing, although back pain seems to be relatively common among cyclists. According to research, about 68% of people who cycle frequently experience debilitating back pain related to cycling at some point in their lives. Back pain from cycling has a number of causes, mainly: unsuitable bike dimensions and poor sitting posture.

The best way to prevent this problem is purchasing a bike according to one size but this is impractical for the masses of peoples because many people select a new bike based on price point and tend to downplay the importance of the bike's dimensions and ergonomics. Ideally, a bike should be customized to your body, but that can get pretty expensive because in addition to modification cost the bike can only rid by the owner.

Your sitting posture while cycling is also crucial if you want to avoid back pain. Try to keep your back straight while cycling, not completely erect like sitting in a chair but rather flat, stable and well supported by squared shoulders.

This project is about building a mechanism that have a supporting mechanism for the upper body of cyclists to distribute the weight of the shoulder and whist to maintain proper sitting posture to avoid back pain and will be adjustable according the height of handlebars, saddle and sitting. This mechanism will be installed I the middle of the handlebars and sitting and will support the chest area at X angle so that the cyclist have recommended sitting posture. Since the height of people differs, the mechanism’s height can be adjusted depending up on the height of the handlebar and sitting. To prevent damaging the chest in rough roads, the supporting mechanism has fluid damper mechanism that will go up and down in millimeters.

Detail design will be uploaded soon for copyright issue and the initial design description drawings are attached.

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  • Name:
    Anteneh Gashaw
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