Structural Weaknesses in Frames

low angle view of cyclist riding mountain bike on rocky trail at sunrise

Study of Bike Riders’ Experience of Structural Issues in Bike Frames – Scanning Study

This research aims to investigate bicycle riders’ understanding and experience of structural weaknesses in bicycle frames, in order to strategies to avoid harms caused by structural weakness.

As a part of this research we will recruit participants at Lang Park Wollongong on the day of the Gong Ride (Sunday 5 November 2023) to have us scan the lower fork legs of their bicycle (free of charge). The scan should take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and there is no risk of damage to the bicycle. We will also ask participants a few quick questions about the bicycle. We may add further study sites as the research progresses.

Participants must be aged 18 years or over.

If you would like further information about the research click on the “Participant Information and Consent Form available here” and/or contact the researchers:

  • Dr Soufiane Boufous,
  • Dr Julie Hatfield,

A summary of results will be available here when the research is complete:

Results Summary                  

If you are interested to learn about the online survey that is the second component of this research, read about it here: