The Speedplay website has carried a pedal time-line section for some weeks but what's not mentioned on the site is the fact the pedals featured in the 'online pedal museum' are from the personal collection of Speedplay's designer and CEO Richard Bryne. His collection includes rare 19th century pedals as well as the first clipless pedal system introduced by Cinelli in 1973 (but which never caught on at the time)

Speedplay-founder is a pedal-nut

"I’ve been fascinated with pedal designs even before I began working on the Speedplay X-Series pedal," said Bryne.

"The first bicycle didn’t have pedals and was not practical, but later when pedals were added the bicycle became the most efficient means of transportation ever."

Bryne began collecting bicycle pedals 10+ years ago, acquiring them from bike shops, other collectors and by auction.

His collection includes the first bicycle pedal to receive a US patent, invented by Pierre Lallement in the 1860s; an 1895 Columbia woman’s pedal with hearts stamped into the cage and the ball bearings; and a Ramsey Swing pedal from 1898 which in an advertisement boasts: "automatic ankle action, no dead center . . . money refunded if Ramsey pedals do not enable you to ascend hills with 25% less energy."

The collection also includes the Cinelli M71, pictured above. This was the first commercial clipless pedal, produced in 1973, and sporting a manual lock and unlock lever.

Speedplay pedals are used by the likes of Phil Liggett and Tyler Hamilton.

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