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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…

Fly Pedals Universal Clipless Adapters, in box

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.

Fly Pedals Universal Clipless Adapters, compatibility

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.

Fly Pedals Universal Clipless Adapters, with foot straps

*Photos and video courtesy of Fly Pedals

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.

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onion
onion
5 years ago

I backed their original Kickstarter, and while I was very hopeful, they simply don’t work well with Eggbeater pedals. They clip out way too easily when riding, even when installed at the wider release angle (and with their adapter part). Before they offer colors, improved retention during normal riding would be great.

elvis
elvis
5 years ago
Reply to  onion

Doesn’t that “action” lie with the cleat though?

Greg
Greg
5 years ago
Reply to  elvis

Sort of. A smart design would not let it clip out with rotation until you want to. A toggle switch, a thumb wheel, something that blocks rotation. This is the biggest flaw in the platform adapter idea.
Speedplay makes their own, and it’s pretty clever and superior. You basically slide retention bars in from the side to lock the platform on, slide them out to remove. No unintentional release.

sloth
sloth
5 years ago
Reply to  elvis

Yeah, I think that’s more of an eggbeater problem, than a fly pedals problem. I tried Eggbeaters for a week, and my number one complaint was that I could never tell if I was clipped in or not, and it was scary easy to clip out. I switched back to my ATACs and haven’t looked back. Except for that week that I tried the Syzr. Such a disappointment.

Eli
Eli
5 years ago
Reply to  onion

I had a different problem: when they can freely rotate, the pedals always end up upside down, despite claims by the maker that they are weighted to do the opposite. It is very tricky to get your foot on the right side of the pedal when starting from a stop, and the only way really to do so is to flip it from below with your toes. Since the pedals have metal pins for traction, this scratches the hell out of leather shoes.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years ago

These looked pretty good until I got to the price. $40-$60 for just platforms is ridiculous. I recently bought a set of flat/SPD compatible pedals from Nashbar that only cost me $30. It’s cool design, but just WAAAAY overpriced. Tell me all about how these are cold forged and CNC’d from Unobtainium and maybe I’d feel different, but this looks like a simple aluminum casting painted in bright colors. I don’t see the value at this price.

Brian
Brian
5 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

Problem Solver’s Deckster Clipless Pedal Adapter is currently $30+ and it’s plastics, so $10 more for a more durable, long-lasting option seems reasonable to me given the other options..

bikeman
bikeman
5 years ago
Reply to  Brian

I finally got them recently! They are really well made and super light. Definitely worth it for me. I use Look road pedals on my bikes and need this product occasionally. So, they are the perfect fit for my use case.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
5 years ago

Exustar makes a pedal adaptor that’s 12 bucks. Nice option for someone like myself who only uses them when I have visitors staying over that want to cruise around on my CX bike without having to use spds