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Magnetic bicycle pedal and shoe

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004451D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 1K

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Abstract

Competitive bicyclists often use a combination of matching cycling shoes and pedals to fixedly attach their feet to the pedal. Having a binding that connects foot to pedal allows for more efficient cycling. However, oftentimes use of such bindings results in serious injury, since the foot fails to come loose from the binding when a bicyclist falls. The present invention is an improved bicycle pedal and shoe that attaches pedals to shoes using magnets to connect the shoe to the pedal. The force of the magnets is such that they provide sufficient force to keep the cyclists foot in place, but disengage in the case of a crash.

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Magnetic bicycle pedal and shoe

Competitive bicyclists often use a combination of matching cycling shoes and pedals to fixedly attach their feet to the pedal. Having a binding that connects foot to pedal allows for more efficient cycling. However, oftentimes use of such bindings results in serious injury, since the foot fails to come loose from the binding when a bicyclist falls. The present invention is an improved bicycle pedal and shoe that attaches pedals to shoes using magnets to connect the shoe to the pedal. The force of the magnets is such that they provide sufficient force to keep the cyclists foot in place, but disengage in the case of a crash.

Figure 1 (attachement) shows a bicycle pedal comprised of a conventional body 110, a conventional arm 120, and a magnet 130.

Figure 2 (attachement) is a bottom view of a bicycle shoe 210 with a magnet 220.