Gesturing on the Handlebar: A User-Elicitation Study for On-Bike Gestural Interaction

  • Maurizio CaonEmail author
  • Rico Süsse
  • Benoit Grelier
  • Omar Abou Khaled
  • Elena Mugellini
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


There are growing numbers of apps and smartphone-mounts for professional cyclists, since they are crucial to track performances during training. However, these solutions require the athlete to take her hand off the handlebar to interact with it. This represents a major safety issue for the cyclists since it requires leaving the brake control, shifting the attention and, possibly, compromising posture. This paper reports the findings of a user elicitation study conducted with seven professional and semi-professional cyclists in order to design gestures that can be performed while maintaining the hands in the correct position on the handlebar. Results report the frequency of fingers used for these gestures, with the index being the favorite. Furthermore, it provides a classification of gestures in three categories: press, extension and swipe. The most convenient gestures were the thumb and index press, followed by the extension of different combinations of fingers.


Gesture Bike Mobile interaction Sports 



The authors want to thank Floris Ciprian Dinu for his valuable contribution to this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western SwitzerlandFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.Scott Sports SAGivisiezSwitzerland

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