The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Look PP 65 Clipless Pedal


The original clipless pedal     Photo: Courtesy of LOOK

LOOK engineers leveraged the company's history in ski binding to create the first clipless pedal. The releasable design allowed cyclists to transfer power directly and efficiently to the bike through their pedals by locking the rider’s foot to the pedal with a cleat that clips in and out of a spring-loaded base plate. Thus, a rider can both push down and pull up on the pedal, spreading the load across more major muscle groups so that no one group fatigues quickly. Using lessons learned from developing releasable ski bindings, LOOK designed the cleat to release at any speed when the cyclist moves his heel a few degrees in or out.

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