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    Pedal questions

    So who makes decent flat foot pedals (I do not use clip ons) ... I just want some black ones, I see Forte' has some? I have no idea who is decent though, and what pedals wont just snap on me. I am replacing the stock ones from my muirwoods 29er.

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    There are too many to list, and pedal spindle breakage won't be an issue on anything but absolutely bottom end stuff.

    Generally cheap pedals either have crappy bearings, or multi-part bodies which break apart over time (sometimes a very short time). If you but any pedal with a one piece forged (or cast) aluminum body your should be OK. The rest is a matter of personal preference including color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    okay, so these guys are ok?
    They should be. You might search around for reviews, but unless you find specific negatives they're probably .
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    In general Performance sells good, if not elegant, components and their house brand "Forte" products are pretty decent. They should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    I *just* took a pair of these off of my bike after using them for years. The only problem I ever had with them was the screws holding the black "rat trap" part onto the aluminum center worked loose - lok-tite them and you won't have any problems.

    I replaced them with Rivendell "Grip King" - expen$ive and worth every penny. But the Fortes are good, especially for the money and they'll serve you well.
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    yeah, just looking for pedals that do not suck, haha....and black preferably.

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    Have you thought about platforms if you're riding with out toe clips? Odyssey Twisted are a nice option to see if you like the larger footprint and grip of a platform without breaking the bank (or your shins if you take a spill because they're plastic). They're like $20 off that amazon link.

    I have a pair I keep in reserve for loaning a bike out, and they've served me surprisingly well.

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    The only thing that bothers me is plastic...not sure i'd hold up! That is all I want, a platform pedal, no clips/toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    The only thing that bothers me is plastic...not sure i'd hold up! That is all I want, a platform pedal, no clips/toes.
    There's a metal version as well. I think I'd have a hard time riding a conventional pedal, with a width (depth?) made for toeclips, bare. It isn't exactly confidence inspiring, especially off road. Maybe some BMX platforms are what you're looking for. Just make sure while you're looking around the pedals you end up with have 9/16" (NOT 1/2") threaded spindles.

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    You highlighted a toe clip pedal they are not the same top and bottom,
    you want a DH/BMX type or a commuter type.

    I have been very satisfied with the Ergon pedals I got last summer ..

    Big diff, there is cheap plastic, and there is using the right type of plastic
    in the right application , taking advantage of the specific properties of the materials..

    I'd say they are well made and designed , been using them all Winter.
    Commuting home after dark,a lot, I love the huge reflectors, built into the design
    not stuck on because they have to add them cheap./

    Drop a C note+ and there are some killer DH pedals .
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    Thanks, i'll make sureI get 9/16" ... I do not mind smaller pedals, I just don't think I want plastic.

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    MKS sylvan is another good symmetrical pedal ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    MKS sylvan is another good symmetrical pedal ..
    those look good, i'll get those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    Thanks, i'll make sureI get 9/16" ... I do not mind smaller pedals, I just don't think I want plastic.
    I was more suggesting those as a feeler to see if you even felt you needed the added footprint of a platform. I figured less than $20 wasn't a whole lot to get your foot (ha!) in the door. Another nice thing about plastic platforms is that they aren't as sharp as true platforms and won't bite nearly as hard if you happen to slip a pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    those look good, i'll get those.
    MKS pedals are nice, just make sure you get the touring pedals, not the track pedals, unless you specifically want narrow pedals. The track pedals are made narrow for increased ground clearance when pedaling while leaned into turns. Many people find them to be too narrow for general use. You can also service MKS pedals easily if you get the Dust Cover Cap Wrench for about $8.

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    I haven't had a problem with decent plastic pedals, but IMO the best pedals you can get without going clipless are metal BMX pedals, either like these or the bear trap kind:



    The spikes hold my feet better than any of the other types of flat pedals, and while they can gouge your leg it doesn't happen that often because your feet don't slip off the pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    those look good, i'll get those.
    Maybe MKS RMX Sneaker?

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    those don't look bad, but I am digging these because they are black and have good reviews :

    http://www.treefortbikes.com/cat/0/6...222362611___88

    are the 9/16?

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    "Plastic" really doesn't say much about strength or durability of a pedal. You'll want the following features:

    - ground & polished bearing-cup inserts & cones
    - adjustable outer cone & locknut
    - secure outer cap
    - grade 00000 ceramic/beryllium negative-mass ball-bearings

    MKS makes some "plastic" pedals that are very good values. I have also seen some poorly-designed & constructed zinc/cad-plated stamped steel pedals that don't even use bearings, just a nylon sleeve that the spindle spins on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    MKS sylvan is another good symmetrical pedal ..
    +1 for price value I would go with MKS made in Japan pedals the better quality bearings and metal construction are well worth the price if you do a lot of riding. You can find sets for about $20-30 the extra ten dollars or so is worth it.

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    MKS are nice, but no black...are those
    DMR
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    good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivithemage View Post
    those don't look bad, but I am digging these because they are black and have good reviews :

    http://www.treefortbikes.com/cat/0/6...222362611___88

    are the 9/16?
    Yes. These are 9/16"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    "Plastic" really doesn't say much about strength or durability of a pedal. You'll want the following features:

    - ground & polished bearing-cup inserts & cones
    - adjustable outer cone & locknut
    - secure outer cap
    - grade 00000 ceramic/beryllium negative-mass ball-bearings

    MKS makes some "plastic" pedals that are very good values. I have also seen some poorly-designed & constructed zinc/cad-plated stamped steel pedals that don't even use bearings, just a nylon sleeve that the spindle spins on.
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