Road Clipless Pedals
The automatic road pedal, a French innovation
The automatic bike pedal was born in the small company LOOK in NIEVRE, which then specialised in the field of ski bindings.
In 1983, Bernard Tapie's group took control of this company and diversified its activity, looking for other areas that could exploit the quick ski release LOOK system in case of accident.
Thus in 1984, LOOK created the first automatic pedal that would soon make itself known to the general public. The following year, in 1985, Bernard HINAULT won his fifth Tour de France on a bike equipped with LOOK pedals.
The professional peloton would soon adopt the automatic pedal to the point that in the early 1990s, Irish cycling champion Sean Kelly appeared as an alien, stubbornly holding on to his old strap toe-clips.
We are far from the first pedal adapted for the first time to the draisienne in 1860!
The automatic pedal will therefore impose itself by its many advantages: the shoe is fixed to the pedal; the cyclist is one with his/her bike. There is a considerable increase in efficiency, while one foot presses forward, the other pulls backwards, forces are multiplied. From the point of view of safety, the shoes automatically fall off in the event of a fall.
What is an automatic pedal?
On the shoe is fixed a wedge which is clipped to the system present on the pedal. A spring allows the mechanism to put on and take off the shoe. On some models, this spring is adjustable to easily do it. To remove the shoes, simply turn the heel outwards to release the foot.
Alltricks offers a wide selection of more than 70 models (from the simplest to the most advanced) from renowned brands such as BBB, Garmin Vector, Look, Mavic, Shimano, Speedplay, Time...
Your choice will be based on price, weight, adjustment options (for clipping and unclipping), float angle (float will ensure proper alignment of the foot and knee to prevent injury), and especially your needs. "" 40738
The MTB stem
The stem is one of the essential components of the bike. It connects the MTB handlebar to the fork tube (steering tube).
The stem is also an important setting for the pilot. Depending on the size and the degree of inclination, the stem allows to considerably change the position on your bike and to adapt as best as possible. There are several types and materials used for the manufacture of the stem: steel, aluminium, titanium or even carbon for lightness.
Different standards of bicycle stems
There are usually two types of standards:
· The adjustable stem, which has existed since the origin of the bike and has a quick mechanism to adjust the handlebars.
· The "Aheadset" stem. Less heavy and more rigid, it appeared about fifteen years ago and today equips the majority of bicycles.
This last standard is particularly adapted to the use of the MTB by offering its user more choices and adjustments.
The choice of the length and inclination of the stem are important elements in the choice of the stem as they are the ones who will play on the position of the cyclist.
For example, a dip stem will optimise the position for speed and efficiency. And a high position will privilege as for it the comfort of the cyclist and the manoeuvrability.
You'll find the MTB stem suited for your needs in the Alltricks catalog, among many models.