Innovation at the highest level, thanks to Speedplay
A knee injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it resulted in one of the most innovative products in the cycling industry.
We put innovation in the title of this article because shortly after speaking to Speedplay CEO, Richard Bryne, it was easily one of the most identifiable qualities of the company.
Bryne does all the design at Speedplay. The company has one goal: make the world’s best pedal systems.
“The intent of my design was instead of following what others were doing, I tried to look at what the problems were and what the best solutions were. Instead of just trying to do what everyone else did, I looked to find a better way of doing things and sometimes that means starting from scratch,” he said.
After spending many years on the bike, knee problems ended Bryne’s racing career. The injury forced him off the bike for three years. What finally solved his knee problem was the pedal.
“I realised there was something to it. When I designed the Speedplay pedal, I designed it so it was round. I wanted it to be low for better power transfer, I wanted it to be thin so it gives you better cornering clearance, I wanted it to be light so you don’t have the extra weight and I wanted it to be biomechanically adaptable to people who might have issues at some point.”
The biomechanical aspect is one that interested Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling team. The team’s partnership with bike-fitting company gebioMized, and Speedplay’s adaptable pedals offers the perfect set up for each individual rider.
Bryne says the idea for adaptable pedals came about when the company started sponsoring professional teams. Riders have different leg lengths and different hip sizes so they were looking for solutions that would benefit everyone.
As a company that is passionate about cycling, they made this adjustable pedal available to the general consumer market.
Why women’s cycling?
Speedplay’s business is run by Sharon Worman, who is also Richard’s wife. As a company run by a woman, he says they are incredibly supportive of women’s cycling.
“We have such a passion in supporting racing, including women’s racing. We support women’s cycling, not only because our company has a woman as its president, but because we believe in it. At Speedplay, we share the same passion for competition that the teams do. It’s an honour for us to be involved with the Cervélo Bigla team.”
Learn more about Speedplay: http://www.speedplay.com/