The Ultralite bicycle pedal system is claimed to be the lightest in the world, and features pedals that look like they've been stripped down to almost nothing
The Ultralite cleat
The Ultralite pedal
The Ultralite cleat, engaged with the pedal (displayed upside down)
A diagram illustrating how the Ultralite cleat engages the pedal
Even if you’re not a cyclist, you’re probably aware that a great deal of today’s higher-end bikes have pedals that the rider’s shoes simply click in and out of. These are known as clipless pedal systems, as they’re an alternative to using toe clips and straps. They first gained popularity in the mid-80s and ever since then, bicycle components companies have been trying to make them lighter and simpler. Now, Colorado-based Ultralite Sports is about to release a clipless pedal system that it claims is the lightest in the world – and the pedal itself just looks like a bare spindle.
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