A measurement system for the bicycle crank angle using a wireless motion sensor attached to the crank arm

Authors

  • Tomoki Kitawaki Okayama University, Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Hisao Oka Okayama University, Graduate School of Health Sciences

Keywords:

motion sensor, wireless sensor, crank arm angle, angular velocity, bicycle pedaling

Abstract

In this study, we propose a system for measuring the rotational angle of a bicycle crank arm. This system consists of a wireless motion sensor with bi-axial acceleration and angular velocity sensors attached to the crank arm. Rotational angles measured by the motion sensor were compared with data from a motion capture system. We found the RMS (root-mean-square) error for the bicycle crank angle was 0.339 ± 0.115 degrees (mean ± SD), and the angular velocity RMS error normalized by the average angular velocity was 0.655 ± 0.217 %. Using the proposed motion sensor system, we were able to measure the rotational angle and angular velocity of the bicycle crank to the same accuracy and high frequency as the motion capture system. Furthermore, we demonstrate it is possible to precisely obtain the rotational crank angle to evaluate fluctuations of crank angular velocity.

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Published

2013-12-31

How to Cite

Kitawaki, T., & Oka, H. (2013). A measurement system for the bicycle crank angle using a wireless motion sensor attached to the crank arm. Journal of Science and Cycling, 2(2), 13-19. Retrieved from https://jsc-journal.com/index.php/JSC/article/view/51

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