Efficiency of Cycling Pads in Reducing Seat Pressure During Cycling

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 777)


Cycling may induce urogenital problems in men and women. This research aimed at investigating the effects of chamois design on seat pressure distribution during cycling. Maximum seat pressures were quantified for nine male test persons using three different chamois designs (thick, thin and no chamois) using a pressure mat. The effects of chamois design, work rate and hand position were tested on maximum pressure at the perineum region, the left hip bone region and the right hip bone region. The study showed that chamois design affected maximum pressures on the saddle. The thick chamois had an overall maximum pressure of 640 mbar (SE 14), which was 50 mbar lower than the thin chamois design. The results suggest that the effect of chamois design on urogenital compression syndromes may be underestimated.


Human factors Seat pressure Urogenital compression syndromes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Product Development, Faculty of Design SciencesUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpenBelgium
  2. 2.Measure, Model and Manage Bioresponses (M3-BIORES), Division Animal and Human Health EngineeringKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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