I came across the pressure mapping technology used in cycling biomechanics years ago over a webinar, but it didn’t really get my attention as I just couldn’t find any published evidence on validity and reliability of those measurements. Things changed last year on Eurobike, where I met Lotte and Daniel from GebioMized. They are two great cycling biomechanics experts working for a company that makes pressure mapping technology. I was critical as always, so I approached them and started asking difficult questions about the relevance, statistics, etc. They impressed me with their wide knowledge and also showed the actual data for almost every “problem” I highlighted. Well, apparently I impressed them with questions as well so they quickly asked by my name and surprisingly realised that Fonda from the papers they had known is not an old professor. Only a few weeks later they invited me to deliver a keynote lecture at ISCO with a possibility to present our technology on force pedals to a group of 100 + experts coming from all over the world.This is how our collaborations started and it went exponential since. I’m not going to say anything more about the future, but big things will happen with them.
Last week I got the privilege to get my hands on GebioMized’s latest wireless technology for saddle pressure mapping. This tool allows us to measure how stable the rider sits on the saddle and where it sits. Even though this is not a direct measure of pedalling effectiveness, it is absolutely crucial for the rider’s performance.