The Lyotard 460D has been my favourite pedal for several years now, so much so that I have them on 8 of my 9 bikes. The 9th has a pair of Lyotard Marcel Berthets. As well as the simple, and to me very attractive, design, I find them just about the easiest to use with toeclips - you can ride the underside and the serrations make it dead easy to flip the pedal and slip the foot in.
However, the other evening I was riding my Peugeot PX60 and being in a hurry was standing on the pedals as I sprinted away from the lights, up a slight incline, when the left pedal snapped clean off the crank. I think I was lucky for 2 reasons - my right testicle didn't get caught as I came crashing down on the top tube and I didn't come off in the path of the traffic I was in. I do have a nasty bruise in my right groin, though. I won't post a photo of that, though. Instead, here is the pedal:
Lyotard 460D - spindle snapped while sprinting uphill by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]
And what's left in the crank:
What's left of the spindle - 1975 Peugeot PX60 by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]
You could dismiss it as a one-off except that this is the 3rd time it's happened to me. As I said, I have these pedals on all but 1 of my bikes... the other 2 broke at slow speed on my Chesini Pista and the effect was more comical than anything else - 'Whoah there... what's with the sudden lightness?' kind of thing. This time it was life-threatening. The other 2 pedals:
Lyotard 460D, left & right - spindles snapped at slow speed, both within a week. by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]
You can tell the spindles snapped at low-speed from the small amount of deformation of the end-plates and how much the spindle tubes have come out of them. In all 3 pedals, the spindles have snapped at the exact same point.
Now, I'm not one to panic. I could even be described at times as stupidly unconcerned about risks. However, this has grabbed my attention.
What to do? Mikashima (MKS) do a 460D copy, called the Sylvan Touring, which you can buy for around $30 a pair here. They have a very good reputation as a fine working pedal. The side plates are very similar to the 460D's but that's all:
MKS Sylvan Touring by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]
MKS' 2 end-plates and spindle-tube are a single cast alloy part. While that cleans up the space in the pedal by doing away with the 460D's central strut, the effect is much more visually heavy. A friend has suggested that maybe I'll get lucky and find the Mikashima spindle will fit in the Lyotard. I've ordered a pair to check it out.
I wonder how many people here use the 460Ds and if anyone else has had one break? Does anyone know if the Sylvan Touring spindle will fit the 460D?