If you’re a cyclist that clips in, look away now. But if you’re a person who wants to be able to cycle in “normal” clothes and in particular in normal shoes – or even barefoot – these award winning pedals might be of interest to you. The most important of the awards was the German Design Award 2016, one of the top design competitions internationally where the products have to be pretty hot just to get a chance to be listed for judging.
They have a large, slip-resistant contact surface, which guarantees optimum power transmission with all types of footwear, in any weather and all sorts of conditions. There are fewer parts which helps reduce weight: they weigh in at just 320g per pair; and they are just 15mm thick so are low profile. They come with your choice of colour of reflective tapes to help you be seen at night.
A set of pedals costs €55 online and there’s a €9.50 postage and packaging charge. They come with a 3mm Allen key and the set of reflective tapes.
Here’s some of the company’s rationale behind the pedals:
The pedals are one of the three points of contact between rider and bicycle. The more efficient this interface, the better the rider’s ability to convert muscle power into propulsion. This is why clipless pedals are used in competitive cycling, but these are not practical for everyday use. Conventional platform pedals generally fail to provide optimum power transmission, and urban cyclists know how painful it is when your expensive leather-soled shoes or high heels slip off the pedals and you hit your shin.
With its innovative design, the MOTO pedal is a complete game changer for city cyclists. Working with a team that included engineers from the aerospace industry, the company spent four years developing a bike pedal with a difference. Not only does the MOTO pedal tick all the boxes in terms of safety and optimum power transmission, its attractive slimline design is another selling point. The sculpted lines and light weight have been achieved by systematically reducing the number of components.
The pedals make use of light weight, sustainable materials, with a sandwich construction. Two load-bearing shells of fibreglass reinforced plastic with a honeycomb structure are enclosed in a wooden frame with rounded corners, and in turn enclose an axle of highly tempered CNC machined stainless steel. This type of structure is typical in both aerospace and other sports, such as in yachts, gliders, surfboards, skis and snowboards, all of which have to withstand great stress.
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