Spring-mounted BIUS1 bike pedals move to keep your joints happy
BIUS1 pedals can move in and out or twist laterally, in order to accommodate the rider's leg movements
When we walk or run, our feet are able to land on the ground in whatever orientation makes life easiest for our hips, knees and ankles. When we're on a bike, however, our feet are at least somewhat held in place against the pedals. This can damage our leg joints, if they're forced to move in a stressful fashion. Germany's BioConform is now offering what it claims is a solution, in the form of its adaptable BIUS1 pedals.
First of all, there are already "clipless" pedals that feature a fair degree of float, keeping the shoe joined to the pedal while also allowing it to pivot around a bit as necessary. There are also, of course, non-grippy platform pedals that let the sole of the shoe slide back and forth – although it's always best if your pedals are designed to keep your feet from slipping off.
The BIUS1 features aluminum studs for grip, yet its spring-mounted design allows the pedal body to move around relative to its own axle. This means that the shoe stays in place against the platform, but the pedal can move in and out, twist to one side or the other, or tip forward and backward (like a regular pedal) in order to let the leg do what it wants.
According to BioConform, riders can choose to pedal using a skating-like motion. Additionally, besides reducing the risk of injuries, the pedals are also claimed to work a wider variety of leg muscles than conventional pedals, potentially allowing for more power.
BIUS1 pedals are made from aircraft aluminum, weigh 245 grams (8.6 oz) each, and feature Teflon-coated bearings. You can buy a pair for €225 (US$309) via the link below.
Source: BioConform (German)
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Granted I never used toe clips but the only time I had problems with my joints from riding a bicycle the cranks were warped making the peddle slightly wobble.
everytime i find something interesting, i have to laugh when i read the price tag ...
$20 says the designer isn't an accomplished rider.
The only application of spiked platform pedals is on a MTB. As it is, full suspension riders don't need it by virtue that their fully adjustable shocks can much better control shock. Rigid frame rider usually have a suspension fork that take up much of the shock. Those with rigid forks choose to because of the precision, simplicity, light weight, and efficiency. I can't see these guys wanting to ride on pedals that wobble. Next, while riding seated, majority of the shock is transferred to the saddle, so the feet only really sense shock when riding out of saddle. In such cases, you had better be riding on the balls (or arches for some bmx and DH riders) in which case the calf muscles absorb the shock. Now explain to me again what's gained by adding more unnecessary moving parts to one of the primary human interface points? Do you really want your feet to slide and twist while hitting a rough patch of trail?
Yet another (expensive) solution for a problem that does not exist!
Beg to differ, the point here is that many cyclists have issues with joint axis either at knee level or more often in the foot..the subtalar and midtarsal joints .
For people with a deviated axis, more than normal internal or externally rotated joint axis in the midfoot &/or rearfoot, locking the forefoot into a clik pedal system( even with 10 degrees float), can then force their knee internally ( the subtalar joint has a sort of cork screw effect on leg motion) or less often externally.
Thus the idea here is to allow more abduction / adduction motion of the forefoot in relation to the rearfoot..SPARING THE KNEE.
Ideal for example if you walk like a duck..with your feet more than normally pointing outwards , often due to abnormal torsion/ twist in your lower leg bones..ie your stuck with it mate.
It will be interesting to see how it is combined with a clik system, if you don't have issues..you don't need it , but i have several patients with structural issues that will be getting a heads-up about this from me,
I use Bebop pedals which have over 20 degrees float and weigh and cost half. My knees (previously injured) approve.
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