Bicycle rider apparel/helmet improvements (Mech 498/499)

The position of a rider on a racing bicycle (upright, tucked, aero-bars, etc.) will significantly affect the aerodynamics of the overall system. Clothing and helmet designs can significantly affect the drag experienced, through e.g. tailing helmet tails or dimpling, and tighter streamlined clothing. At the same time, aerodynamic improvement can compromise heat dissipation and hamper athlete performance.

This project will explore new concepts in helmet/apparel design to reduce drag while maintaining or improving heat dissipation/comfort compared with currently commercial designs, either respecting UCI regulations for competition legal wear, or to improve the riding experience of recreational riders. The intent is to prove out a number of ideas through simulation and/or prototypes to the point where patents can be filed and start-up company formed.