Bicycle pedal

Application Number: 00108732
Application Date: 2000.05.26
Publication Number: 1275510
Publication Date: 2000.12.06
Priority Information: 1999/5/26 US 09/318862
International: B62M3/08
Applicant(s) Name: Shimano Inc.
Inventor(s) Name: Takahama Kintaka;Ueda Hiroshi
Patent Agency Code: 72001
Patent Agent: zeng xiangling
Abstract A bicycle pedal is provided with a pedal shaft or spindle, a pedal body with at least one cleat engagement mechanism and a tread cage supporting a rider's foot for attaching a shoe thereto via a cleat. The bicycle pedal body and the tread cage are coupled together for rotation about the pedal shaft or spindle. The tread cage is at least partially constructed of a resilient material to allow deflection of the tread cage relative to the pedal body. The tread cage has a tread surface that is at least partially located above the cleat engagement mechanism such that the tread cage must be deformed for complete engagement of the cleat with the cleat engagement mechanism. In other words, the resilient material of the tread cage permits limited angular rotation between the pedal body and the cage such that the tread surface contacts the shoe of the shoe when the cleat is in complete engagement with the cleat engagement mechanism. Preferably, the pedal body has cleat engagement mechanism coupled to each side for releasably retaining a cleat of a bicycle shoe therein.