Powered pedals claim corporate cash

How you scoffed when first we told you. but the electric peds are a step closer to your bike shop...

by Dave Atkinson   July 15, 2010  

Brittpedal prototype

Remember the powered pedals? There was plenty of discussion on road.cc as to whether they'd even work, let alone be a good way of getting some power assistance on your bike. Well we're a step closer to finding out whether the technology can make it to your bike shop, as inventor Stephen Britt has landed £50,000 from Barclays Bank to put towards further development of the pedals.

In case you missed the earlier story – and the associated discussion – the pedals themselves contain a battery, a motor and some sort of strain gauge which measures your power input and matches it with assistance from the electrics. The idea is that it's a simple upgrade to any bike that'll give short-range help on the hills.

"Winning the Barclays Take One Small Step competition is a fantastic opportunity", Stephen said of the award. "It allows me to take my Fast Forward Cycle Pedals to market and help people make the switch to a more bike oriented lifestyle. I can’t thank Barclays enough for this rare chance to help people live healthier lives in an eco friendly way.”

We can't help thinking that he might have to spend a small part of that £50k on thinking up a new name, as Fast Forward wheels probably won't take kindly to the current one, but other than that it's great news. We're still itching to try the pedals out for ourselves and we'll be dispatching our South Coast Correspondent to wobble round Brighton on them, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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I might take a look at this barclays thingy...

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
15th July 2010 - 13:19

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Congratulations Stephen. Great concept. Make it work!

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
15th July 2010 - 13:54

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Interesting concept and certainly merits more development.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2183 posts]
15th July 2010 - 14:23

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If the last few years have proved anything, it is that investment in something by a major bank is not an indicator that it has any worth whatsoever. But kudos to any little guy who manages to get money out of a bank instead of a bank taking money from taxpayers. At least this is 50K that won't be pissed away on credit default swaps and junk bonds.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
15th July 2010 - 14:23

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I really hope that my past predictions are wrong and he has a winner.

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posted by mr-andrew [295 posts]
15th July 2010 - 14:59

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handlebarcam wrote:
But kudos to any little guy who manages to get money out of a bank instead of a bank taking money from taxpayers.

To be fair to Barclays, they (along with HSBC) didn't go cap in hand to the government for a bailout, unlike some of their rivals.

Still a bunch of bankers, mind...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8019 posts]
15th July 2010 - 15:46

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I still can't visualize this working!

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
16th July 2010 - 0:35

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

To be fair to Barclays, they (along with HSBC) didn't go cap in hand to the government for a bailout, unlike some of their rivals.

Not OUR government anyway.

posted by italiafirenze [68 posts]
20th July 2010 - 9:54

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