Formula 1™ pedal power

Factor 001 bicycle, 2009

As a racing car speeds around the track, mechanics and engineers receive instant data from sensors placed within the car. This information helps to keep the vehicle operating at maximum performance.

A British company has used its knowledge of F1™ electronic monitoring systems to create the ultimate training bike for cyclists. Until now, cycling performance could only be accurately monitored on a stationary bike in a laboratory. From spring 2009 it will be possible to record it while out on the road.

As the cyclist rides, information about wheel speed, heart rate, humidity and bike angle is collected and stored ready for detailed examination after the ride. The rider can select the type of information to be collected from a touch screen built into the handlebars.

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