Christopher Wall

Christopher Wall

Industrial Design and Technology BA

Self-Guided Bicycle Pedal and Cleat

Increasing cyclists' performance

Clip-less pedals are a must for any cycling enthusiast. Cyclists achieve increased mechanical efficiency, control and proprioception, and attain better positioning on the bike simply by using clip-less pedals, which heightens their appeal to the keen amateur cyclist. Nonetheless, clip-less pedals come with a major drawback - little room for error is allowed for when clipping in by current pedal systems, making them seemingly challenging to use. A cyclist must locate his foot to an exact position, hook the toe of the cleat double sided pedals eliminate the need to flip the pedal over to clip-in and by using a dual clip mechanism, located both to the front and rear of the cleat, the need to hook the toe under the front of the pedal is additionally eliminated. Both the pedal and cleat have a guided fit shape which increases error tolerance during use, and the pedal has a built-in 15 degree free float, which is disengaged by rotating the foot 30 degrees in either direction. The force needed to clip-in has also been significantly reduced, further underneath the front section on the pedal, and push down firmly with the heel to engage the pedal and cleat. All this must be done whilst keeping balanced and concentrating on the road ahead, and so it is unsurprising that 80% of cyclists fall off when learning to use clip-less pedals. By removing many of the complex actions that traditional clip-less pedal systems require, a more user-friendly clip-less pedal system is achieved; increasing the appeal to novice and less powerful cyclists looking to make the change to clip-less pedals. This combination of features halves the time taken to clip-in, in comparison to current competitors.