Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Stefan Schacht

Abstract

The growth of electric bicycles has spread to the US, and more bicycle shops are carrying electric assist bicycles. Most bicycle shops are currently ill equipped to accommodate heavier electric bicycles with traditional repair stands, that require at least one had to operate, and the other hand to hold up the bicycle. The problem being solved is the awkward and poor ergonomics of holding up a heavy electric bicycle with one hand, and operating a repair stand with the other. The solution is to use a repair stand that does not require hands to operate. Having a hands-free clamping device capable of supporting two hundred pounds, and supplying a clamping force of around fifty-two pounds to securely hold an electric bicycle in place to conduct maintenance. Manufacturing a device that could be integrated into existing bicycle shops would greatly benefit smaller businesses financially, and bicycle mechanics ergonomically. Current products require replacing existing repair stands with ones that cost thousands of dollars. The proposed solution would cost only a few hundred and integrate directly into existing shops with little downtime or invasive set up. Strain on one’s back while lifting heavy objects is a major concern with organizations, such as OSHA, and a more ergonomically friendly product would prevent future issues.

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