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Experimenting Bicycle Handlebar for the Evaluation of Muscle Fatigue, Grip Strength & Oxygen Satuaration Percentage on Cyclist’s Comfort

Journal: International Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering Research and Development (IJMPERD ) (Vol.9, No. 2)

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Page : 857-864

Keywords : Comfort; EMG; Grip Strength & Muscle Fatigue;

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Using conventional handlebars leads to considerable discomfort and a verity of chronic muscle injuries. This necessitates a proper bicycle handlebar design to avoid the muscle injuries and thereby enhance rider comfort. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect on the rider comfort during cycling by observing muscle fatigue, grip strength and oxygen saturation percentage using EMG setup. Eighteen male and eight female volunteers participated in the study. The EMG signals were acquired bilaterally from rider's wrist, triceps and late during 20 minute of cycling on outdoor road site. Also, the myometer was attached to both hand rest position on a handlebar to acquire the grip strength data, and the pulse oxymeter was fixed to rider's first finger to acquire the heart beat and oxygen saturation percentage. From this study, it was found that when at less fatigue value, maximum grip strength, and at stable oxygen saturation percentage, maximum comfort is recorded. The study also showed that there is a significant lesser fatigue when grip strength is more.

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