Alteration of bicycle handlebar grips to decrease impact as measured by penetration into ballistic gelatin

Marissa Teitelbaum, New Jersey, USA 13-15

Bicycle accidents are one of the major causes of unintentional traumatic injury in children. The impact force to the abdomen from the accident is transferred to a small area through the end of the handlebar grip, similar to a “blunt spear.” This study seeks to determine if alteration of the bicycle handlebar grip design leads to a decrease in the impact force as measured by depth of penetration of grips into ballistic gelatin. Specifically, a grip with a wider contact surface was created to attempt to decrease the collision force.

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