A look around Look's pedal assembly line in France

Look has been making bike pedals since 1984, when it produced the first clipless design for road bikes, replacing the toe clips and straps which had been the order of the day up until then.

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It still assembles its pedals at its factory in its headquarters in Nevers in central France and it’s still quite a manual process to assemble the components, with machines only replacing some of the manual operations and being used to tighten the assemblies.

Look's higher end pedals close using a carbon blade, on which it prints in-house

Look’s higher end pedals close using a carbon blade, on which it prints its designs in-house

It prints the pedals’ carbon blades in house before assembling them into the pedals’ bodies and adding the release mechanisms. With quite a range of small parts to incorporate into the finished pedal, Look uses assembly machines with lasers and cameras to ensure that the operator has put all the parts in place before they are tightened by the machine.

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Complete pedal assemblies ready to add the axle

Complete pedal assemblies ready to add the release mechanism

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Release springs and bushings are put in place by hand

Release springs and bushings are put in place by hand

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Lasers and cameras are used to ensure that all the components are in place before the machine tightens them

Lasers and cameras are used to ensure that all the components are in place before the machine tightens them

Bolts for the pedals are fed to the machine from a hopper automatically, with the machine tightening them to the correct tension.

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The spindle is the last part to be added to the pedal and machine tightened

The axle is the last part to be added to the pedal and machine tightened

The axles are the last part to be assembled into the pedals before they are packaged into their display boxes by hand ready to be paletted and sent out to distributors from Look’s warehouse.

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Completed pedals are boxed ready for distribution

Completed pedals are boxed ready for distribution