August 2017 Patent of the Month-Bike Fitting Measurement Tool for PedalsA pedal-fitting apparatus for dynamically fitting a generally laterally-moving bicycle pedal to an individual cyclist. Although the pedal-fitting apparatus is illustrated in the figures with a traditional “flat” pedal body, the present invention can also be practiced with various pedal configurations, for example, with a clipless pedal to which a cleat on a cycling shoe can be attached. Likewise, the pedal body can be single-sided or multi-sided, such that the cyclist can optionally clip into the pedal body while the pedal body is at various rotational orientations with respect to the elongated axle.
- The pedal-fitting apparatus can be included as part of a bicycle-fitting system. The system can be adapted to a stationary bicycle or a traditional bicycle. In the case of a traditional bicycle, it is preferred that the bicycle be altered to be made stationary by, for example, employing a mechanical frame that permits pedaling so that motion other than the repetitive motion of the generally laterally-moving pedal-fitting apparatus can be normalized. It is also contemplated that a single pedal-fitting apparatus can be employed in combination with a traditional pedal. That is, a bicycle can include one pedal-fitting apparatus, for example, as a left pedal, and a traditional pedal, for example, as a right pedal. Alternatively, a bicycle can be equipped with right and left pedal-fitting apparatuses, and as such, can collect and process data for each of a cyclist’s right and left leg.