ECE 4760: Final Project

Bike Dash

Mark Eiding (

Brian Curless (

For our ECE 4760 final project, we designed and built a bicycle dashboard which displays the cyclist’s pedaling power, speed, cadence, and distance to enhance training.

The major motivation of this project was to replicate a commercial product at a dramatically reduced price point. A commercial power meter costs around $1000 for just the instrumented pedal arm and does not even include the display price. The price of one of these instruments is exceedingly more than the majority of people spend on the bicycles. As a result these devices are really only available to professional cyclists as the cost is too prohibitive. While the price is very high, there are a large number of benefits to having this information. The power information can be easily integrated to obtain total energy exerted during a workout. An average cyclist only has access to distance and time information which they use to compare workouts. This method is inferior to a power measurement where the actual intensity of the workout can be quantified. An example of a use of a power meter is interval training. Being one of the most efficient training methods, the cyclist performs short bursts of high intensity training at set intervals with longer periods of easier recovering. With the addition of a power meter, a rider can quantify these high and low intensities and make sure that they are keeping the correct intensities across a workout as well as monitor progress over time.