A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The concept behind this pedal was born 2 years ago: a
friend of us got his calf injured after falling off during a bike ride. The
injury was actually due to the pedal pins slighting on his leg while he was falling.
In the light of this we had a though about the idea of
relocate the pins placement from the pedal to the sole under the cyclist shoe,
so to avoid being a danger to yourself if fell.
After the study about a solution of fitting pins into
the shoe soles we then focused on the pedal.
The first attempts of coating the pedal body frame
with rubber didn’t give satisfactory results. For this reason we started a partnership
with Vibram, a company leader and with decades of experience in rubber
production market, and we developed a replaceable cover for the pedal.
In order to allow an intensive use of this pedal we
had also designed a steel pivot which is able in withstanding the stresses of a
Beyond the material selection we had to study the
pedal design as well so we allowed a better and secure grip on the rubber.
After several prototypes we made an aluminum profile
to match our needs in terms of design and lightness.
The resulting product is therefore able to guarantee a
safety pedal satisfying the different uses at the same time.
The next steps to take are now: set the rubber trims; create
slots for the aluminum trims; close all the paperwork for register the patent.
For these reasons we need your support.
Comparing to a common pedal where a foot is in a
locked position, our pedal design avoids bad setting in pedal fitting constraining
the cadence and damaging leg joints.
Comparing to pedal with pins fitted inside the pedal, the
hurt against our pedal is less traumatic if cyclist fell.
This safety is given by the rubber coating and the lacking of blunting edges on
Even if this pedal doesn’t come with pins, rubber allows such as high performance grip that it’s possible to pedal also using common footwear or even bare feet.
In this way a foot is not
constraint on the pedal: still maintaining a very reliable grip on it, stops
allow quick corrective action from the cyclist in case of emergency.
The absence of mechanical
snap-fixes allows the pedal to be easily used without applying any further
settings and guaranteeing same performance also if pedal gets dirty.
Currently the color of the cover is black, but we've been working on improving the material property and providing different colour variations.
The rubber cover is interchangeable, so you can change color easily.
The use of pins rises the grip
Pins can be easily fixed and
removed from the shoe sole thanks to an ad-hoc tool which comes included in the
Pins can be easily plugged in
by hand or electrical screwdriver, and their placement can be customized basing
on user choice.
If you like our idea please support us: join our Facebook
page and help us suggesting which are the best 3 colors to be chosen for
Thanks, Pietro and Giacomo
RIDE WITH US!
Risks and challenges
Risks of our idea are related to coupling the aluminum pedal frame and rubber coating. The request of support was actually born due to the needing of set production tooling in order to make some arrangements.
Tests on prototypes have allowed us to understand what it is required to improve the product performance.
For this reason we are really positive about our next steps and also hope we’ve made all our passion for the project clear.
Production tooling need to be finalized including all the lesson learnt achieve by prototypes experience. In case of success we will be able to delivery rewards in fast times.
If you like our idea please support us: just a simple word of mouth with friend who loves cycling will be very helpful and useful for us.