In a nutshell

The Steel Bicycle Project (TSBP) aims to raise awareness of key scientific principles that relate to steel bicycle design and to support frame builders in their quest to understand and improve the performance of their bicycles.

Topics and objectives for the project

The project revolves around the following topics and objectives:

1. Design and simulation:  We would like to understand how the relevant design aspects of a bicycle influence its performance. Computer simulations can be used to complement experimental testing to gain a fuller understanding of bicycle behaviour.
2. Materials and fabrication: It is important to raise awareness in the public and in the industry about relevant material properties, and the influence of fabrication approaches on the behaviour of bicycles.
3. Testing and measurements:  We aim to support frame builders by developing experimental test rigs and carrying out scientific testing. We believe that there is real value in carrying out scientific measurements to understand in detail how the bicycle behaves and how this can be influenced by design and fabrication.
4. Knowledge and education:  We would like to develop an ongoing relationship with frame builders. We will try to identify the collective needs of the industry, generating and communicating useful information that arises through our work and through relevant literature. We will generate data that is useful for the industry and is available for all in the public domain (i.e. not private consultancy/research that is kept a secret). We will publish findings of evidence-based research, which may also include the debunking of some commonly held myths.


Dr. Derek Covill:
Prof. Jean-Marc Drouet:
Dr. Andrés Arregui Velázquez:

Updated May 1st, 2019