An American made tool to mount your bike cleats to any style cycling shoe, and any cleat, precisely, matching position time after time.
!!! * GOTTA WATCH THE VIDEO * !!!
The project idea formed about two years ago, when I was trying to install new cleats. Measuring the shoes, checking against the shoe lines, it all just wasn't adding up to the same position that I spent so much time getting right the last time. So I started working on diagrams for a tool that could do this right, and consistently the same, time after time.
The first set of prototypes were working models we've assembled with the help of mechanical engineers and machinists. This you can see this as the brown model in the video. Then moved to more advanced, and precise CAD software for the most recent prototypes (seen as the silver model in the video).
The CLĒT Rak tool is made out of aluminum and plastic and will be sold as a “base” tool that will have cleat retainers sold separately. These retainers are inter-changeable, and will hold the cleat in position so that you can install the hardware freely by hand. The tool will address one large compliant many cyclists had over the years, “How do I get these cleats right?”. I’ve worked with mechanical engineers and certified sports medicine directors, to research and refine a product that any home novice or the professional athlete can easily use. Each pedal manufacturer will print out directions on mounting their hardware, that is a hit or miss proposition at best. What the CLĒT Rak will do is mount your cleats, be that Look, Time, or what ever pedal system you prefer, and set the cleats in the correct position for your shoe size. Even if you've had professional help installing your cleats, the CLĒT Rak keeps those same measurements on that next pair of shoes. The positioning will also be kept correct, even if you change pedal types. The pressure point of the cleat will be set correctly related to the ball of your foot, and this tool will accommodate new pedal systems that may come on the market in the future.
We have a local company working with us to get the tool produced and shipped within a two month time frame, once the project has been funded and keeping the tool locally made. Below is a brief breakdown how the funds will be applied.
The bulk of the expense for the project will be related to molds for the metal and plastic parts. This will include set up for individual cleat retaining molds. With costs running about $10,000 to $13,000.
60 % will go directly to molds for the metal and plastic parts needed
30 % will go towards the manufacturing
10 % will be applied to packaging and shipping
All rewards will be coming directly out of these amounts and will be sent to our sponsors first. Addresses, sizes, colors, etc… will be gathered upon actual completion of funding.
We are working with local prototype specialist company to finalize the design, assist with the cost figures, and line up the manufacturing. Help us get CLĒT Rak to production, so we can help cyclist ride just a little more comfortable and trouble free.
We are looking for comments and feedback, even if you can't sponsor.
Thank you, John.
Clet Rak is made for just for this too. You will locate you shoe size according to the chart included and match those numbers from the toe to heel position, and the left to right position. These numbers will acommodate about 80% of the people. You can fine tune any changes you want, and record those numbers so it will match any other mounting at a later date.
The tools measurement would be the same for both. Once you have checked your position on the chart (shoe size), the center "pressure point" would be the same. So once you are set up for one cleat style or type, changing the cleat retainers for another pedal type will give you the same correct set up and fit.
The tools arms have the markings on both sides, so it just flips for right or left shoe.
pledged of $35,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 17, 2012.
May 10, 2012 - Jun 19, 2012 (40 days)
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A beautifully crafted bumper sticker with logo and listing on website wall of honor for sponsors (it is our honor, of course!). International orders please add $5 for shipping..Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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The Clet Rak tee shirt,water bottle or sticker with logos. Also included on the website wall of honor for sponsors. International orders please add $5 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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The CLeT RaK tool, which will retail for 69.95 and listing on the website as sponsor. Included are any or all cleat retainers for any pedal systems you have. International orders please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Two CLeT RaK tools with cleat retainers. One for yourself, and you HAVE to know someone that can use it too! Along with added to the wall of honor as a sponsor on the website. International orders please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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The CLeT RaK tool and retainers, name added to website wall of honor and a limited edition lithograph, numbered and signed by the artist/illustrator. International orders please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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