When we walk or run, our feet are able to land on the ground in whatever orientation makes life easiest for our hips, knees and ankles. When we're on a bike, however, our feet are at least somewhat held in place against the pedals. This can damage our leg joints, if they're forced to move in a stressful fashion. Germany's BioConform is now offering what it claims is a solution, in the form of its adaptable BIUS1 pedals.
First of all, there are already "clipless" pedals that feature a fair degree of float, keeping the shoe joined to the pedal while also allowing it to pivot around a bit as necessary. There are also, of course, non-grippy platform pedals that let the sole of the shoe slide back and forth – although it's always best if your pedals are designed to keep your feet from slipping off.
The BIUS1 features aluminum studs for grip, yet its spring-mounted design allows the pedal body to move around relative to its own axle. This means that the shoe stays in place against the platform, but the pedal can move in and out, twist to one side or the other, or tip forward and backward (like a regular pedal) in order to let the leg do what it wants.
According to BioConform, riders can choose to pedal using a skating-like motion. Additionally, besides reducing the risk of injuries, the pedals are also claimed to work a wider variety of leg muscles than conventional pedals, potentially allowing for more power.
BIUS1 pedals are made from aircraft aluminum, weigh 245 grams (8.6 oz) each, and feature Teflon-coated bearings. You can buy a pair for €225 (US$309) via the link below.
Source: BioConform (German)
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