Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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I was a major pedal breaker for a number of years and it stopped when I changed to Campagnolo pedals 35 years ago, after which I never broke one again. You don't have to go to the top of the line. Any pair of quality pedals should serve you well. Look for a pair that says it has Chrome-moly or CrMo axles (spindles) as this is a much stronger steel than some of the other common alloys.
There's another cause of broken pedals that you may need to keep in mind. When pedaling through turns the inside pedal can touch the ground. If it's happened to you you know it's no fun and can cause you to lose control of the bike, but it can also bend or stress the pedal spindle leading to failure down the road. Look at your pedals and check if they have the telltale scrapes on the outside corners.
Avoid the problem by coasting through hard turns with the outside pedal down, and if you do ever bend a pedal - causes a rocking feeling in your foot or ankle - replace it immediately before it breaks under load.
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