Everyone knows how uncomfortable it can be riding a bike with clipless pedals when you’re wearing street shoes. While this is easily avoidable for people with multiple bikes, if you’ve only got one (probably a high end machine), the time always comes when you just want to boot over to a buddy’s house or the corner store.
If that bike has clipless pedals, Fly Pedals could make riding it convenient and comfortable with their Universal Clipless Adapters. Bikerumor covered the first iteration of the clipless adapters in 2014, then a revised version the following year. In response to customer feedback, the design has recently been tweaked again and the adapters are now available in a slew of different colors.
Fly Pedals’ latest Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its funding goal so these colorful, handy adapters are definitely going into production. Read on to get engaged in the details…
The Fly pedal adapters are essentially a pair of aluminum platforms that attach to a spare set of cleats, so you can clip them in and out of pedals just as you would your shoe. The creators say you can easily snap them on and off with your hands, feet or a 6mm allen key.
The platforms measure at a reasonably large 96x84mm and feature molded traction pins to keep your street shoes from slipping around. The thickness of the platform ranges from 4-8mm, and a pair of adapters weigh 134g.
The universal adapters work with every major brand of road and MTB clipless pedals including Shimano, Speedplay (excluding the Frog pedals), Time, Crankbrothers, and Look, plus any other brand that uses the standard two-bolt mountain bike or three-bolt road configuration.
If you’re nostalgic about rat traps (or perhaps never gave them up), there is an option to add velcro foot straps to the adapters as well. The 38mm wide straps feature reflective embroidered logos to help you stay visible in the dark.
One thing Fly’s customers requested was more colors to choose from, so the newest adapters come in six different hues- Blue, Orange, Black, Pink, Red and Green.
Fly Pedals’ Universal Clipless Pedal Adapters are made in Denver, Colorado and come with a lifetime warranty. Early bird buyers can snag a set for $39 USD, which will eventually go up to a full retail of $59. Shipping is available to anywhere in the world, and the first units should be ready in September. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.