Kickstarter: FlyPedals Universal Clipless to Flat Pedal Adapter

Fly Pedal Clipless Adapter to Flat prototype

Clipless pedals offer many performance advantages, but can be awkward when heading out on a casual ride. Rather than carry a set of street shoes, or try to ride your clipless pedals with your regular shoes, the Flypedal adapter turns your clipless pedals effortlessly into flats.

These adapters are constructed from aircraft grade aluminum and are drilled to accept any pedal cleat, so they work with every major brand of clipless pedal on the market. 

Fly Pedal Universal clip to flat adapterThe pedals have a claimed weight of 194g and are 90x90x11mm, which is fine for short jaunts around town. The platform is smaller than your average mountain bike flat and the pedal height is higher, but those small complaints pale in comparison to the convenience.

Best Kickstarter product video ever? Perhaps

Interested? Over 500 people are so far, and the campaign still has 33 days left. The campaign has already exceeded it’s original goal of $12,000, but you can still order a a set for $35 MSRP.

Comments

Marten - 06/03/14 - 9:58am

Marketing is great: one can get $35 for an aluminium version of an (at most) $10 plastic piece that comes as standard with some Shimano SPD pedals …………. And you even need to fork out for the clip!

Sam - 06/03/14 - 9:58am

These will be incredibly difficult to un-clip from the pedal when not required. It seems easy when it is attached to your to the sole of your shoe but otherwise require additional leverage.

doug - 06/03/14 - 10:02am

$35 plus cleat is expensive. I swear I have seen other versions of these over the years

Doug B - 06/03/14 - 10:11am

Awesome, simple, quick and superfly

DBDB - 06/03/14 - 10:27am

Gah! I used to make these whenever my twisted pc or other plastic pedals would wear down. Just removed the spindle, cut them in half, and drilled holes for the cleats to mount up to. Never thought of it as an idea to bring to market though!

Balthazar - 06/03/14 - 10:27am

Already done, http://problemsolversbike.com/products/deckster_clipless_pedal_adapter

Mik - 06/03/14 - 10:31am

I think it’s a great idea but I’ve got few doubts:
-I agree with Sam above “These will be incredibly difficult to un-clip from the pedal when not required.”
-don’t you think is very easy to stole it!?

Nick - 06/03/14 - 10:32am

Does not work as a shiv? Not interested.

Jeremy - 06/03/14 - 10:33am

I have always thought this is a cool idea, tried some plastic models in the past that were brand specific. The only problem is that the platform rides higher than the cleat interface, so when resting the platform swings downward facing the ground. To get your foot on the actual platform you have to focus on the pedal and flipping it over then quickly getting your foot on the platform before is flips back facing the ground. If the platform worked to where you didn’t have to use this extra effort to be standing on the desired side of the pedal then it would be much more intuitive and usable in quick situations or when riding around cars/traffic.

Carl - 06/03/14 - 10:34am

Wheres support for 4-bold speedplay? Also, i see these as easily coming unclipped if pressing on that meaty pedal surface and applying any sideways twist. Anything other fhan a trip to the corner liquor store would be too much to do safely with these

Mick - 06/03/14 - 11:29am

@carl…(since I can’t detect “sarcastica” font)…the bottom of the plate is slightly convex, so the Speedplay plate alone won’t fit. You’ll need to use the standard Speedplay 3 hole mount. Don’t worry, it’s pretty damn tough to twist the plate off (as others have noted)…at that, the purpose for these is to take a trip to the liquor store, not for racing the TDF

pfs - 06/03/14 - 11:35am

The video is good enough for me to want them. I don’t care about the functionality on the bike, I do however need a new waffle iron.

Mortimer - 06/03/14 - 1:15pm

Make your own from an old skate deck….for FREE! http://problemsolversbike.com/blog/comments/how_to_make_skateboard_pedal_decks_for_clipless_pedals

Mike - 06/03/14 - 1:23pm

@Carl – Speedplay already make a system to convert into flats http://speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.merchandise&promoid=Platformer. Way cheaper too.

Colin - 06/03/14 - 3:37pm

Combine this:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:14285

With shapeways, or your own 3D printer.

Boom.

K11 - 06/03/14 - 3:54pm

i am glad that they didn’t say it took them years to design, like the “engineer” that took 2 years to design a stick to hold up your bike. (bike rumor posting nov 25, 2013. carbon kickstand)

to those talking about being too expensive or safety, cheaper isn’t always better and safety doesn’t always have to be first, regardless of what OSHA thinks.

I like these

Typenschild Delete - 06/03/14 - 4:14pm

The winwood decksters work fine for what they are. You do have to flip them to the correct side while riding, but honestly that is easy to do, especially if you’ve spent any time riding in toe clips. They are a bit slippery for my taste, wish they had a few removable pins for more traction. Getting them off is not terribly difficult, I usually just grab with two hands and twist. My wife finds that a bit much, so she uses a short chunk of wood (or wrench handle or whatever) as a lever to twist with.

In the end I rarely use them anymore. Any ride that requires non-bike shoes to be worn at the destination I either 1.) ride clipless and carry the extra shoes, or 2.) ride my townie MTB conversion that already has BMX flats on it.

Frank_frank - 06/03/14 - 7:58pm

Ha, did everyone complaining about having to buy new clips just start riding? Who doesn’t have multiple sets of used cleats sitting in their toolbox? I’ve seen the plastic sets bust during backyard BBQs, Sunday rides…OK there may have been beer and “watch this” involved. $35 lifetime guarantee doesn’t seem completely outrageous.
With that said I would like to have seen a demonstration on getting them off. I can imagine you could still twist them off with athletic shoes. Trying to twist with boots or other hard flat soles would be futile.

Bryan G - 06/05/14 - 4:09pm

Hi all- creator of FlyPedals here. It’s very cool to be featured on bikerumor! I just wanted to help clear up some of the questions/comments: We understand there are alternatives on the market…we are trying to solve the problems we encountered with each of them. Plastic WILL eventually break, and most people won’t always have the same pedal type. We designed FlyPedals to be the last clipless pedal adapter you will ever need.
We back that up with a lifetime warranty. If you are looking for a cheaper/temporary pedal adapter, then these aren’t for you, but we are confident that FlyPedals are truly unique in their durability and versatility. Thanks again for all the support and please visit Flypedals.com for more info!

-Bryan

Ajax - 06/05/14 - 10:35pm

I liked the presentation video. These pedal platforms look nice. I’m just worried about being able to put on and off these pedal platforms. I like to jack my pedal tension all the way to the highest setting, so I might have problems taking these things on/off with my hands.

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