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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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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.
Did you invest in buying or building your road bike, but still don't use it as often as you want to? Pedal Plates will help you. They adapt your road bikes pedals for use with non-cycling shoes. That way you'll get more out of your road-bike.
For commuting or use during leisure time:
The Pedal Plate supports Shimano SPD-SL and Look Keo pedal systems and all compatible brands. With these two being the most popular types, the Pedal Plate range covers use on the majority of road bikes currently in use:
The pedal plate is the only solution (soon to be) on the market that combines all of the following characteristics:
lightweight (41 grams per set),
provides grip in the centre of the pedal,
compact and easy to store in saddle bag, jeans, jacket or jersey,
does not act as a bulky style-breaker on your beautiful bike,
one-piece solution (no need buying additional cleats to attach them to),
leaves the idle orientation of your pedal as is (so you keep the same routine for engaging the pedal with your foot)
By inserting Pedal Plates you convert your road bike pedals for use with all types of shoes:
and removing is also easy for both high and low tension pedals
Have more fun with your road bike by increasing the use of it. The pedal-plate allows you to do so and comfortably ride your bike with all kinds of shoes:
You can leave your car at home and show off your road bike more often in many different situations:
during leisure time,
on holiday leaving the camping site,
or even enable others to use or try your bike
When commuting I sometimes use my city bike, but I prefer riding my road bike. Seeing a beautiful road bike with normal pedals is painful, so I feel forced to take a backpack with extra shoes with me.
On holiday when leaving the camping site going to a town, beach or restaurant, we also would like to go by bike without having to change and take additional shoes along.
Triggered by those two situations, I searched the internet and did not find any compact solution like the one I expected to be on the market. Alternatives were either bulky, expensive or you needed to purchase additional cleats to attach them to.
That is when I decided to investigate a low cost, one-piece, compact solution myself. After a first proof of concept we started with several cycles of prototyping (see protos below) ,testing and improving until we were fully satisfied with two final prototypes (for both the the SPD-SL and the Keo compatible pedals).
Becoming more and more serious along the way, we had a patent study performed by an Intellectual Property firm and based on those results, we decided to apply for a patent in November 2016.
With the patent pending, we moved on to the next phase and started preparing for production. After deciding for injection moulding as method of manufacturing, we selected a Dutch company, which did design and now produces the moulds. They will also produce the Pedal Plates. During this first weeks of this campaign the injection moulds are still being constructed.
After completion of the mould, the production tests will take place during the 2nd week of May. For production we already reserved a timeslot in the 4th week of May.
With your backing we can fund our first production batch and reach the goal of the whole journey: delivering the first Pedal Plates to cyclists around the globe before summer!
Many backers around the world are already supporting us and have made it to the Hall of Fame. Back us if you want to join them!
Our goal is making the Pedal Plate available to cyclists around the world before summer 2017. We choose to do a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to achieve this:
when we are able to fund our first production, we will introduce the Pedal Plate before summer;
we perceive Kickstarter as a great platform to create worldwide awareness about our product and use it as as stepping stone to contact distributors and retailers around the globe.
Pedal Plate BV was founded by Marc van der Heide. Dutch resident and active as a freelancer in the area of Test Management and Quality Assurance since the early 90's. Among a lot of things he's also a passionate cyclist. A hobby where enthusiasm makes up for the lack of talent.
It was during commuting and holidays that the idea for the Pedal Plate was triggered. The philosophy behind the Pedal Plate is clear: bring a simple, low-cost solution that adds value to a cyclist's road bike.
By sticking to that philosophy and teaming up with a selection of local companies for design and production that he Pedal Plate has now reached it's preproduction state.
Let's keep in touch. If you also like to follow the progress through another channel. You can team up by funding here and/or follow us by clicking on the links below:
As you can read above, we have come a long way with the development of the Pedal Plate. On hindsight we will know it all, but at this moment in time there still are a few things unproven, which leaves us with a minor risk and a few challenges:
- The first challenge we are facing is the funding for the first production batch. The goal is to make the Pedal Plates available to cyclists already before this summer. That is why we make a call upon members of Kickstarter to back us, because only then we can move on to the next step.
- Picking up our social responsibility, we will outsource the packaging to working places, for those who have a challenge finding suitable labour. The consequence is that lead times for packaging are under pressure. At the moment we prepare mitigation by discussing a temporary upscaling of their workforce or involving an extra social working place. We did already divided the rewards into June and July deliveries, so at least we know that we can deliver as promised.
- With flow-simulations and shrink-analysis we minimized the risk of unforeseen behaviour during production. However the ultimate proof will be in the production tests. The planning as stated above contains sufficient slack to include final adjustments and still make it for the first deliveries in June.
We hope you have good feeling and idea about the Pedal Plate and like to thank you for your interest in our project,