College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 18:12:05


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


The Adaptive Bike Pedals project is set out to create a new attachment for tricycle pedals that improves on a previous model. The need for these attachments is common in rehabilitation and physical therapy centers to help patients keep their feet on pedals when they are not able to. They can also be used in homes of families that have children with disabilities, diseases, or disorders that inhibit them from keeping their feet on the pedals. There are attachments on the market already, but the problem with those models is that they are costly and made for specific pedals. The goal we want to accomplish with this project is to create a 3D printed attachment that is lower in price and adaptable to many different pedals. The new attachment will be bolted into the frame of the pedal to secure it. It will have slots that act as a pathway for the bolts to move in. The slots will help the product adapt to many different shapes of tricycle pedals. Since there is a previous model, most of the research questions will be focused on improving the previous model. How can the comfort of the product be improved? Should it be lighter or heavier? Can the straps form into a different shape over the foot? The objectives for the project consist of having a prototype design reviewed by the end of November and have a product ready by February. All of this will be accomplished by working with the team members, a seasoned engineer, a physical therapist, and the family of the boy that the first model was made for.

Research Sponsor

Dr.Scott Sawyer

First Reader

Dr. Ajay Mahajan

Second Reader

Dr. Alper Buldum

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr.Scott Sawyer



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