Classic Lightweights UK

Cinelli M71 pedals

Nigel Scott 

I once bought 4 Cinelli bikes from a guy who moved to Wimborne late 1970s. The bikes all had M71 pedals and the receipt for one was dated 1973 listing the M71. 

Cinelli M71 pedals 1
Pedal on the left without shoeplate showing the black slider to release
Pedal on right with plate in position
Screws in bag for fixing plate to shoe
Note guide on leaflet giving correct position of plate on various sized shoes

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The pedal on the left has the lock operated in that the round pin at the front is raised by the black plastic slider moved to the right
The shoeplate shown on the right is shown bottom-up.  The two tapered sides of the plate slide into the grooves either side of the pedal
and then the pin is raised.  In the top picture the pin can be seen engaged in the plate

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Mick Butler
adds the following text and images:

The M71 was a clipless pedal designed by Cino Cinelli and produced by his company in 1970 as the 1st generation. From 1971 onwards the 2nd generation pedals used a plastic shoe cleat which slid into grooves in the pedal and locked in place with a small lever located on the back side of the pedal body. To release the shoe a rider had to reach down and operate the lever, similar to the way a racing cyclist had to reach down and loosen the toestrap. The lever was placed on the outside edge of the pedal so that in the event of a fall the lever hitting the ground would release the foot.

The pedal was designed for racing and in particular track racing, Because of the need to reach them to unclip they have been referred to by the Americans as death pedals, along with Lambert alloy forks and hollow Pivo type extensions all prefixed by the word  "DEATH".
We used them on trikes and tandem-trikes needless to say without any problems in fact all my PB's were done using them.

There were four generations of this pedal the earliest was made in 1970 and its cleat is made of aluminum. Later versions of M71 pedal cleats were made of molded plastic for durability. Also, the pedal platform of this original version is made of chromed steel and looks quite different from the aluminum platforms with a round hole found on later M71 pedals.

Left: Advert from Ron Kitching catalogue 1986/7

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First generation (1970) M71 with chromed body, alloy shoeplate
and square, rather than round, window in pedal

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Three-page catalogue for Cinelli M71 pedals 1980 - click on images for larger version
(Supplied by Paul Gittins)