Benjamin Rodrick

Benjamin Rodrick

Product Design BSc

Improving Grip Strength and Hand Stamina within the Competitive Mountain Biking Industry

The cycling industry is a diverse platform for developing new products and integrating alternative materials. Unconventional materials offer properties that cannot be matched by traditionally applied technology. In this project, piezoelectric energy harvesting materials and electrorheological (ER) fluids are experimented with to revolutionise and accelerate the future progressions of cycling products. The principle of the project is to develop a cycling glove that recovers residual energy and converts it into an active gripping force to help maintain a safe grip. In doing so, the cyclist is given additional security and durability; allowing them to continue cycling for longer and harder, offering a competitive advantage.