Cadences helps restore proper pedaling by allowing the rider to pedal in a circular motion. As the rider cycles the prosthetic leg forward an elastomeric band accumulates potential energy. As the foot rotates to the bottom phase of the cycle, kinetic energy snaps the foot and leg back up and around to the top of the phase. The rider has visual feedback, due to the split toe design, of where they need to clip their foot into the pedal. The special pedal allows the rider to unclip with ease. With the new pedal, the foot locking mechanism is released by making a backwards pedal motion which is much safer and easier than the pivot motion required of other clips. This pedal can be used by any cyclist for easy release. Fourth is that the prosthetic is stylized to fit the cyclist aesthetics. The form is inspired by many of the fastest bicycles from Italy, appealing to the road cyclist mindset.
I wanted to bring more excitement and solutions into the disabled athlete field. A lot of good design is created for athletes yearly but those with disabilities are often overlooked.
Research and subject matter experts are what drove the design. By talking and observing Para cyclists, I saw a big opportunity to improve their cycling experience. I saw that that they were struggling to unclip from the pedals due to the current models. I told and experienced that there was a “dead zone” of force when pedaling. I was able to experience this by building several functional mockups and strapping them to my leg. I could pinpoint what was causing the problems of the user.