And The Education Bringing It All Together
The Retül software is designed specifically for bike fitting. All data collected in the pre-fit interview is input into specific fields. All rider interview and fit data is stored in client specific files, which can be accessed at any time to compare previous fittings with new data.
Readings taken throughout the Dynamic 3D motion capture process are immediately processed and a report generated. We then analyze the data from this sample and evaluates the need for position change. Once the changes are made, the process is repeated to verify effectiveness. This new data then becomes part of the final report, in addition to post-fit bike and equipment measurements.
The software can track information for multiple bikes (i.e. via a bike name) for each client so that fits across categories, i.e. road, mountain, cross, etc., are distinct. A historical Position Report can be generated at the push of a button from any of these files for quick comparison or reference.
Retül is Active
The system uses infra-red LEDs (light emitting diodes) that get placed on the body in specific skeletal locations. Active systems differ from passive systems in that the tripod mounted LED sensor is tracking the light directly from the source (the LED diodes).
Passive systems use reflection (light returned to its source via a material that repels the light source) to track markers. The problem with reflection is that many shoes, clothes, bikes, and other objects have a lot of reflective points on them, so false images known as artifacts get picked up by the system. In most cases, the user has to go into software, distinguish between the desired markers and manually delete these artifacts. In a shop with windows and shiny bike parts everywhere, this can be highly problematic, as covering all of those sources is a near impossibility, requiring the time consuming removal of artifacts before data collation can begin.
Retül’s active system does not suffer from this problem. The active system flashes each LED discreetly as the infrared light travels from the LEDs on the body points to the sensor on the tripod. The sensor then triangulates the position of the LED in true 3D space. Our system can track these points to within a millimeter of true position. Data collation is immediate and fast.
Retül is Fast
The system flashes an LED every 2.1 milliseconds. That’s 476 times per second or Hertz. The system takes a full set of body measurements every 34 milliseconds. That’s 29 full sets of body data per second. Our sample sizes, taken dynamically, last anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes….whatever the fitter desires. The software processes all of that data in seconds, synchronizing the eight data points tracking them across longitudinal, vertical and horizontal planes.
Retul is Synchronized
Synchronization yields body location intelligence. The receiver knows what LED is flashing and where it is on the body. The software automatically, by skeletal position, identifies the proper LEDs for the measurements of each marker’s position. This is virtually automatic, unlike in passive systems, in which the user must tell the system what reflection images are related to what marking point. There is no post-processing needed with Retul’s software, so reports are accurate, 3D reports are generated immediately for viewing.
The world leader in Cycling pressure analysis tools. Pressure analysis is available for all bicycle contact points including Saddle, Shoe, Aerobar, and Grip or handlebar. This state of the art pressure and force measurement technology was developed in the GebioMized “Concept Lab” in Munster, Germany.
Our saddle pressure mapping system is comprised of a thin and flexible film upon which 64 sensors have been positioned. The data are wirelessly transmitted, which makes both indoor and outdoor measurements possible. The film is applied on the saddle and the cyclist may position himself on it without changing his riding style. In this manner the pressure distribution on the saddle can be measured static as well as dynamic, i.e. while cycling. Using a color scale, the pressure distribution in the different saddle areas is displayed graphically.
We dynamically record the planar pressure stain inside the biking shoe. The pictures of the pressure measurement contain information on the stressed points inside the shoe. This may help to choose the fitting of the shoe, the tension of the straps and it is possible to fine-tune the shoe – pedal connection. And finally, one may use these pictures to choose insoles, wedges or even to order customized ones.
Each of the measuring soles contains 32 sensors. The data are wirelessly transmitted and saved. This ensures the cyclist’s mobility during the measurement. The maximum measurement frequency is 200Hz; information can thus be gathered with high precision.
Pedal Stroke Force Analysis
In addition to the existing foot pressure and force analysis our professional software and hardware allows for the analysis of the force and power distribution in the shoe, including exact measurements in Watts. Using a thin and flexible measurement film in the shoe, we can analyze the performance indicators for the left and right foot separately and dynamically while pedaling. This allows for the identification of potential asymmetries. Furthermore, the rider’s performance in all seating positions and at each crank position can be analyzed.
The measurement film wirelessly transmits the data collected in the shoe. This enables a measurement both inside on the trainer and outside on the road. The measurement film can be used with all cycling shoes and with all pedal systems. This makes the perfect instrument for analyzing and optimizing the pedaling technique. Furthermore, changes made during the bike fitting process can now directly be assessed concerning their influence on the performance.