FUTURE TREND IN CYCLING? STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOP CYCLING SHORTS THAT DO NOT TEAR
Four young engineering students at the University of Antwerp created a new pair of cycling pants that should provide protection against road rash and grazes. An extra protective layer prevents the bibshorts from tearing and absorbs the heavy impact of a crash. “Because of the light material, the cyclist can still ride around very comfortably,” Luka Šeparović (23) from Geel told Radio 2 Antwerp in “Start Your Day.”
I am sure cyclists will agree that a fall all too often ends in all sorts of scrapes and abrasions. It is a risk that is inextricably linked to sport. However, four young engineering students at the University of Antwerp proved that there is another way. They found a solution that should prevent the scratches, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.
Protection and comfort
Protection and comfort. Student-entrepreneurs Jarrid Janssens (23) from Melsele, Benjamin Stuer (23) from Verrebroek, Joren Vervoort (27) from Baarle-Hertog and Luka Šeparović (23) from Geel developed cycling shorts that cannot tear and offer extra protection against the impact of a fall. The so-called “Velusta PROTEC I” cannot completely prevent injuries, but it would minimise grazes.
The cycling shorts are equipped with protection on the sides, which consists of several layers. “But that doesn’t make the bib shorts much thicker or heavier,” Luka tells in “Start Your Day” on Radio 2 Antwerp. The protective layer is barely 4 millimetres thick. “We used a material that is as light as possible, so the cyclist can ride around as comfortably as possible.”