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Help with product history research?(7 posts)

Help with product history research?sfbuff
Sep 11, 2002 9:45 AM
I am trying to research the development/history of some cycling innovations, specifically the clipless pedal and look's involvement. Any hints on how I might go about this, or specific web sites that anyone may know of?

I am starting a general web search as we speak. thanks in advance.

Try They have some history. nmDave Hickey
Sep 11, 2002 9:49 AM
Here is what the LOOK corporate website says..Dave Hickey
Sep 11, 2002 9:54 AM

For more than twenty years, Look has been an important player in the field of technological innovations by continually stressing the excellence and perfection
of its products :
The first automatic pedal (1984) for which Look was awarded the Oscar de l'Innovation; the first carbon frame, the first single piece carbon frame which
was used by the Once team and Laurent Jalabert (almost 100 victories on
Look bicycles) ; the Look track frames which have been used for eleven
years by French Cycling Association ; the first 100% carbon single piece fork…
so many innovations which today make Look the French company whose expertise is recognised throughout the entire world

1984 : Look markets the first road race automatic pedal with which Bernard Hinault wins the Tour de France in 1985.
1986 : Look proposes the first carbon frame with which the American racer Greg Lemond won his first Tour de France.
1990 : Look continues to innovate with the first single piece carbon frame
1993 : the first carbon saddle stem
1995 : the first 100% carbon single piece fork (pivot included)
1998 : first carbon frame with differentiated structures and variable thickness tubes : the KG 281.
2000 : the first 100% carbon pedal: the CX 7
Sheldon Brown, he knows everythingTurtleherder
Sep 11, 2002 10:49 AM
E-mail Sheldon Brown at If he doesn't know I am sure he can tell you who does.
Thanks for the help everyone. NM**sfbuff
Sep 11, 2002 11:57 AM
What does Look have to do with the invention of clipless?Kerry
Sep 11, 2002 4:50 PM
Cinelli had a clipless pedal in the 60s. What Look did was make such a pedal practical. The Cinelli pedal had to be released by reaching down and pulling/flipping a lever. They never caught on, but they had the concept. Look applied their ski binding concepts to the bike pedal to make a widely used product, but they were about two decades after the invention of the pedal. Cinelli may have patented the concept, if I'm remembering right.
The Cinelli StoryChainstay
Sep 11, 2002 6:51 PM
Incredible. Cino Cinelli was a great innovator in so many areas of cycling. This link is a short capsule of his contribution.