Exploratory Tests on the VU Treadmill


Today we did a number of exploratory tests on the big VU treadmill (3X5m) to have a first look at human rider control. The bicycle was a Batavus Browser town bicycle which was prepared by Jodi and Jason and is equipped with sensors for: steer angel, steer rate, rear frame lean and yaw rate, forward speed (2), and pedaling cadence. A video camera was added mounted on the rear frame looking at the rider to identify rider motions relative to the rear frame.

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We looked at normal pedaling, towing and pedaling with lateral perturbations in the forward speed range of 5-30 km/h. Here you can find three compilations of the experiments:

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Normal Cycling Towing
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Cycling and Perturbing  
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