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    Introducing the "pedal stand"

    Hi All,

    As an avid cycling commuter, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve the experience. Lately I've been working on a means of balancing while stationary. Of course one can always track stand, but we all know how hard it can be. So, here's my latest solution: the pedal stand. Have a peek at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ2pVyUYzsY&NR=1 to see it in action.

    The pedal stand deploys a small stand when you pedal in reverse that allows you to balance comfortably while stationary, without leaving your pedals. The stand retracts when you pedal forwards.

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    hey, that's pretty cool.

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    Neat!

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    I like it.

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    Spam. BURN HIM!!!!

    That is pretty cool though.
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    Whoa. That's pretty cool. How much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG410 View Post
    Whoa. That's pretty cool. How much?
    Unfortunately it's not for sale yet. That's the latest prototype, which probably cost around $1500 to make, but with economies of scale I'd expect to bring it way down in price, like an order of magnitude. There's still some way to go to make it a product. I'd want to lessen the weight, add room for an SPD cleat, simplify the internal mechanism, etc. I'm just trying to gauge interest.

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    Spiffy, except that I like to pedal backwards on long downhills to stretch my legs, and it will partially engage when flipping the pedal from the "cages down" position to put your foot into it. Some things for the OP to think about.
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    I like the inventiveness, but to be honest I like having one foot down because I push off with my left as I begin my pedal stroke with the right leg. The coolness factor will sell this though.
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    That's really cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Spiffy, except that I like to pedal backwards on long downhills to stretch my legs, and it will partially engage when flipping the pedal from the "cages down" position to put your foot into it. Some things for the OP to think about.
    First off, thanks for addressing potential issues.

    re downhill reverse pedaling. I guess there are a couple things to consider here. The mechanism requires very little torque to deploy, so you won't notice much of a difference while pedaling in reverse. Now, its hard to see in the video, but to actually contact the ground with the stand you have to slightly heel over and rotate your heel downwards. So as long as you aren't cornering while you are reverse pedaling, you're okay. One feature I was considering adding is a subtle cam that protrudes underneath your foot when the stand is deployed. This would act as a simple physical reminder of the stands deployment.

    re cages down. You're right, in one direction you will partially engage the stand while trying to flip the pedal over. The beauty of the system is, you may only have to do that once on your ride And you can still do it in the other direction. This brings up another point. The stand has an override clutch built in, so for example you can use the pedal upside down, and pedal in reverse without deploying the stand (ie the stand won't deploy and try and push your foot off).

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    That's the coolest thing I've seen all day.

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    cool idea.. if you can work it out so it never engages while reverse pedaling except when you actually want it to, then i think you could have something
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    Super cool idea. But...(there is always a butt)

    Left pedal is at the bottom, right pedal at the apex, the hardest position to start. If rider starts with the same leg all the time, (s)he will soon have mighty sore knee. As I am on the downhill part of the middle age and have to ponder impending decrepitude, this is of concern to me.

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    that's pretty cool. not sure how it works, though. Is it the entire pedal you'd be making?

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    I will buy this from you
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    This is the first home-brewed invention I've seen on here that really impresses me!
    Now if only we could get this in a clipless pedal...

    BTW get a patent on this.

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    i likes it!

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    Brilliant! You should really start working toward a patent on this tho ^. First time I've seen something like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sci_femme View Post
    Super cool idea. But...(there is always a butt)

    Left pedal is at the bottom, right pedal at the apex, the hardest position to start. If rider starts with the same leg all the time, (s)he will soon have mighty sore knee. As I am on the downhill part of the middle age and have to ponder impending decrepitude, this is of concern to me.

    YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric_the_poor View Post
    Brilliant! You should really start working toward a patent on this tho ^. First time I've seen something like it.
    Thanks. I do have a provisional patent. Phew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    This is the first home-brewed invention I've seen on here that really impresses me!
    Now if only we could get this in a clipless pedal...

    BTW get a patent on this.
    re clipless. Yes, I agree. I don't think it'll be too difficult to integrate a clipless system into it. It's one of my next goals...

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    Most of the inventions I see on here seem rather silly, but that really is brilliant.

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    You might look in to crowd funding a first run. Check out the likes of kickstarter.

    http://ipwatchdog.com/2011/06/01/fun...ding/id=17527/

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    FWIW, I'd probably buy this if the price turned out to be right. Regardless, really neat idea. One of the cooler bike gadgets I've seen, for sure. Providing it's reliable (tipping over would suck), this could be a really useful tool for a commuter.
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