You can ride these magnetic pedals with casual shoes

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Magnets instead of mechanical spring locks? Is this the future of pedal design? (Photo: Aveta)
Magnets instead of mechanical spring locks? Is this the future of pedal design? (Photo: Aveta)

Clipless or flats? It remains one of the fundamental questions in cycling, but flat pedals don’t work that great for most road riders.

On a mountain bike, in steep and technical terrain, many riders want to put a foot out, or disengage from the bike, as potential crash momentum starts. And flat pedals make it easy to get off' and separate yourself from the bike, when required.

But the efficiency of being clipped-in is a big deal for road riders. Although the complexity and maintenance issues of some clipless pedal systems can be annoying, there is no arguing with their ability to transfer rider power into forward motion.

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There are rubber inserts, if you want to ride in non-cycling shoes. (Photo: Aveta)

You can ride clipped-in or casual, with these

For years, the cycling industry has toyed with the idea of magnetic pedals. An idea appears to be brilliantly simple, but very challenging to execute.

Magnetic pedals benefit from clipless-type pedalling efficiency and have the safety of flat pedals, being theoretically easier to disengage in an emergency.

The latest magnetic pedal product is from Aveta, with its ECT system. Engineers at Aveta have matched to a nylon composite pedal body, spinning on a robust stainless steel axle, with some clever magnetic interfacing.

A recess on the pedal body houses Aveta’s powerful magnetic strip, connecting to a metal clip on the shoe cleat. Designers have chosen a cleat pattern that matches Shimano’s proven and popular 3-bolt SPD SL configuration, which means you can use your favourite cycling shoes with these magnetic pedals.

Aveta’s product development team has shown great lateral thought, making this magnetic pedal system easily adaptable to riding with casual shoes. A rubber insert with traction spines covers the magnet recess, converting these Aveta pedals for a commuter ride with sneakers.

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