Something nice, shiny and new from White Industries: quick release pedals. And crucially this isn't a new axle standard or anything, just a clever way to quickly swap your existing pedals. 'I bought myself a travel bike and I had trouble taking the pedals off so I decided to do something about it', Doug White told us, and this new crank is the result.
The system consists of a crank that houses a brass insert. You screw your pedal into the insert and it slides into place, held firm by a clasp at the rear. to release the pedal you just press the brass button and slide the clasp up, and then you can pull the insert out. With a separate set of inserts for each set of pedals, switching from flats for the city to cleats for a long ride should take just seconds.
Should? Well, White Industries haven't quite got to the point where you can buy the system yet, although Doug is confident that by Interbike they'll be taking orders. There's still a bit more testing to be done, specifically in British conditions: wet, muddy, gritty, you know them well. 'Let's see if the pedals pop in and out so easily then', Doug said.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.