Posted: Tuesday 16th June 2020
Barelli pedals were manufactured in the 70s by Geoff Chapman who was a member of the Cambridge (Town & County) CC and who owned an engineering works at Bar Hill near Cambridge. The name “Barelli”, almost an anagram of Bar Hill, was chosen to suggest Italian style.
Extremely well engineered to the highest standards they were exhibited at the Milan Cycle Show in 1977. The ‘Supreme’ had a stainless steel footplate mounted on top of an alloy centre barrel. The spindle was nickel-chrome steel and they were machined for accuracy at the bearing surfaces.
In October 2007 a pair of Barelli pedals were offered for sale on ebay. These date from the 1970’s. The pair were said to be particularly unusual in that they have removable aluminium cages. The seller could find no reference to Barelli making a lightweight model and although these have the Supreme logo on them, the Supreme is usually a stainless steel model not aluminium.
Barelli pedals were exhibited at the Milan Cycle Show in 1977. They were over engineered and were considered the Rolls Royce of pedals. The spindle was made from Nickel Chrome Steel and they were machined for accuracy at the bearing surfaces and they came with a life time guarantee. This pair were probably made for track racing due to the light weight cages.