Master of Science (MS)
Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
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Julia Freedman Silvernail
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the physiological and mechanical comparisons between clipless and flat pedals. Participants (n=4) completed two at-home 20-minute FTP tests: using clipless and flat pedals using Zwift. The order of conditions were randomized for each participant. Participants used their personal Smart Trainers, clipless pedals, and cycling shoes while flat pedals were provided (Syun-LP, Road Bike Platform Pedals). Power, heart rate and cadence were recorded and used for analysis. All dependent variables were compared using paired t-tests. Power was significantly greater for clipless (226.7 ± 46.2 W) vs. flat (215.2 ± 41.8 W) pedals (p < 0.05). Heart rate was significantly greater for flat (138.5 ± 17.4 bpm) vs. clipless (135.2 ± 18.1 bpm) pedals (p < 0.05). However, cadence was not significantly different between clipless (70 ± 8.7 rpm) vs. flat (71.7 ± 13.3 rpm) pedals (p > 0.05). The greater power when using clipless pedals combined with a lower heart rate is an indication that clipless pedals are preferable to flat pedals.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Conroy, Katelyn, "Physiological and Mechanical Comparisons between Clipless and Flat Pedals" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4282.
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