Bikerumor Monday Mystery Pic


Photo from the collection of Rustybicycle. If you think you know what these are, post your answer in ‘comments’ – the answer will be posted there on Tuesday!

To send in your own Mystery Pic to be considered for the Monday feature, click here and attach your photo with all pertinent information.




Nick Rearden - 08/29/11 - 7:12am

That’s the shoe cleats from a set of Cinelli M71 (I think that was their name) pedals. Basically, the first ‘clipless’ pedals although you couldn’t snap in and out of them like the Look pedals they predated.

Scutt Farcus - 08/29/11 - 7:16am

Old school track cleats!

LP - 08/29/11 - 7:37am


OlyOop - 08/29/11 - 8:09am

Nick is right; these are the M71 “death cleats”. The originated around 1970, and were intended to be nailed to the hard soles of cycling shoes. They were activated not by a spring-loaded gate, as per Look and others, but by a slider that locked on a peg. To exit, the rider had to reach down and push the slider in to release the pin. The cleats had no float, but the leather uppers of shoes in those days (“which we called ‘Watermelon Stompers’ or ‘Pinhole Cameras’; and cigars were a nickle!”) had lots of stretch.

I never knew anyone to ride them on the road, but they were somewhat popular on the track.

Here are some photos:

h2ofuel - 08/29/11 - 8:17am

Must be old cleats.

Champ - 08/29/11 - 9:29am

It is called the “Skid Mark”. it is an apparatus that is placed between the ole bung hole and the riders chamois to protect your chamiois from unwanted soiling. It didn’t have too much popularity in the US, but was a big hit some European countries from the late 70’s to early 80’s.

Aj - 08/29/11 - 9:30am

Used them for one season on the track. The business of reaching down to release was no more of a pain then reaching down to release a toe strap but you had to pull out just so or they’d get stuck. Still have them in my clippless pedal collection.

Adam - 08/29/11 - 9:43am

Olyoop- thanks for the info, this new Monday tidbit has been a lot of fun. I have worked in the bicycle industry, primarily as a mechanic, for all of my working career. It’s fun to challenge the memory and learn something new.
I don’t believe I had ever seen these before.

Last week’s Avocet magnet on the other hand, I would be fine never seeing again.

Thanks BikeRumor!

Rogue - 08/29/11 - 10:27am

These are adapter plates for Time shoes to run spd cleats

Rob - 08/29/11 - 4:50pm

Yeah, I was also thinking cleats but looks like I got beaten to it.

KiwiMark - 08/29/11 - 10:18pm

Cinelli “clipless” cleats. They were my first clipless pedals and I still have them.

David - 08/30/11 - 3:32am

Are those the pedals Ole Ritter wore in his 1973 (?) attempt at the Hour Record, as recorded in the film “The Impossible Hour”?
I remember the narrator mentioning that he was wearing cleats “nailed to his shoes” but the exact model was not stated.

Kristibee - 08/30/11 - 7:56am

You guys are correct, they’re Cinelli cleats from some of the first clipless pedals.
From our source: “When engaged, short of ripping the shoe from the cleat, you were in!”

Nuno - 09/05/11 - 5:46pm

Pedro’s milk levers.

Post a comment:

Comment sections can be a beautiful source of knowledge, conversation and comedy. They can also get pretty ugly, which is why we've updated our Comments Policy. If your comment isn't showing up or suddenly disappears, you might want to check it out.