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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 01-22-07, 04:43 PM   #1
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Pedals for clydes, weight limits

Anyone have a chart to show what the rider weight limits are? I'm looking for some new ones for my new Fuji.
Can find bits and peices for some pedals but nothing very comprehensive. I like the Look, Speedplays and Times'. Comments welcome

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Old 01-22-07, 05:01 PM   #2
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no titanium pedals for Clydes, they snap off at heavy loads. Another part designed for 140lb riders. One would assume that since titanium is strong per lb that the designes have slimmed down the shaft the the minimum diameter.!
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All the better pedals should be fine at your weight, including ti. A pedal snapping can cause a big-time bad day, so they don't make them brittle.
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I use the Ultegra pedals - they provide a nice sized platform to eliminate hot spots.
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speedplay titanium weight limit 185lb rider. Factory spec.
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Bontrager Mountainbike platforms hed up quite well when I was near 500 pounds! So did Pyramid cheapies, much to my surprise! Pedals aren't that much of an issue that I can see, the lawyers generally cut the specs for liability protection purposes!
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250 lb. here and I ride Shimano SPD. Have M515 going on three seasons with nary a problem. Just moved them over to my Falcon and put M540s on my Trek. I use Specialized Sport Mountain shoes for walkabiltiy.
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I vary between 210 and 220 and have thousands of miles on Speedplays and Eggbeaters with no problems. I always rode the cheap steel versions of both. I wasn't aware of the weight limit on ti pedals, I just avoided them because they were stoopid expensive.
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I use spd 520's. Work great. 240-220lbs so I focus on durability. If I want something lighter, I cut back on the Chunkey Monkey!
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All the better pedals should be fine at your weight, including ti. A pedal snapping can cause a big-time bad day, so they don't make them brittle.
Breaking a pedal spindle is a pretty rare event in my experience whether using cheap pedal or expensive ones. I've only broken one pedal in nearly 30 years of jumping, crashing, smashing and general mountain bike mayhem. The one that broke wasn't that big a deal either. It snapped and I had a foot free in the air. Didn't even come off the bike.
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If you're sprinting or standing while climbing, You're gonna lose a nutty if the pedal snaps! So yeah, it can be a big deal!

But if you think about it, the TDF riders are using ti and light stuff when they sprint at the end of a stage. They snap pedals sometimes, but I doubt any of us are applying as much force as a TFD sprinter!
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Speedplay Zeros stainless, no problems here. 262#
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Never had a problem with pedal always used Look Moabs, (not made anymore too heavy) Never had a problem untill one day I really was just "riding along" and fell off my bike because the axle on the right pedal snapped. Not badly hurt but sure makes you think "what if I was........?"
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I've got the same pair of Shimano M545's that I bought back in college. (Somewhere back in the early to mid 90s.) No problems with them at all. I've been through a few pairs of shoes and multiple pairs of cleats, but the pedals are still going strong and I've weighed anywhere from 215 on the low end, up to 265 in that time span.
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Uberclyde and I'm very happy with Shimano spd's.

M540's on my road bike. They have a year and ~3,000 miles.

Cheaper Shimano spd's on my MTB with seven hard years of mashing. No worries.

I had cheap knockoffs on my road bike for a few months. The outer housing cracked where it threaded onto the spindle leaving me with the outer part of the pedal on my shoe and a huge gash on the inside of my leg from the spindle.
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