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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 07-01-09, 12:09 PM   #1
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Sturdy pedals for the not so svelte rider?

Title pretty much says it, which pedals are recommended for the more, how do I say? plump? rider I don't think I will need to upgrade/change much on my new bike just yet but I do think that pedals are one of the places that I will be upgrading because I do not wish to snap a pedal shaft and skid across the road because of it, so what say you fellow clydes? whats a decently strong pedal that will not force me to refinance my home to pay for them, though I understand things for us small folk cost a bit more but I would like to this as economical as possible.

nothing fancy, just sturdy and fairly priced

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Old 07-01-09, 12:17 PM   #2
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I totally destroyed my stock pedals so I put a set of Poverty pedals on my Crosstrail. No problems to report. They are super strong. http://www.danscomp.com/465152.php?cat=PARTS#
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Old 07-01-09, 12:22 PM   #3
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Title pretty much says it, which pedals are recommended for the more, how do I say? plump? rider I don't think I will need to upgrade/change much on my new bike just yet but I do think that pedals are one of the places that I will be upgrading because I do not wish to snap a pedal shaft and skid across the road because of it, so what say you fellow clydes? whats a decently strong pedal that will not force me to refinance my home to pay for them, though I understand things for us small folk cost a bit more but I would like to this as economical as possible.

nothing fancy, just sturdy and fairly priced

Thanks ladies and gents.

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What kind of pedal are you looking for? A traditional platform? platform w/ toe straps? clipless? Clipless with platforms on one side? I'm going to guess you are interested in a clipless pedal, I could be wrong and please post an update so we all know what exactly you are looking for.

My clipless recommendation to the new clipless rider is the Shimano MT 520, it's a mountain bike pedal which I have personally used on a mountain bike, road bike, and a CX bike (same set no less). They have been reliable and never let me down once. I like that they are dual sided, look good, function as expected, and don't cost an incredible amount. They were something like 60 bucks at the bike shop, you could probably do better online if that's your thing. Other pedals that are highly recommended around here are Crank Brothers Egg Beaters and Crank Brothers Candy.

However (and this is important), a clipless pedal is only as good as the shoe that it is attached to. You will need to buy a good quality shoe with a very stiff sole to get the full benefit of using a clipless pedal. This is where it can get spendy, plan on spending in the ball park of 100 dollars to get a nice shoe set up, look for one with a fiber glass sole. Now these won't be very comfortable to walk in mind you, so don't let that throw you off. Defiantly make sure you stop in the shop to have your shoes sized to you, it's not like sneakers where you walk in looking for a size 10. It's Euro sizing so a 10 is closer to a 44.

If you wanted platforms, well just about anything with an alloy cage will do you fine. Same as with a toe strap combo.

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The best pedals for most cyclists, for most riding, most of the time, are high quality BMX pedals. They "lock" tight to any rubber or leather soled shoe, yet release instantly when you get to a red light. They are sturdy and reliable, even in rain, mud, or snow. They fully support the entire forward portion of the foot, eliminating "hot spots" and reducing foot soreness.
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However, you WILL be abused by "real" cyclists if you put BMX pedals on a road bike...but anyone tough enough to ride a few hundred miles a week is tough enough to withstand the abuse of the guys who pretend that "pro" pedals are mandatory, even to ride to the grocery store.
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Thanks for the quick replies fellas, I do like the style that crabster posted up compared to the clipless and its what came on the bike but they are made of plastic or something, here is a picture of them.




Rusty, your reply made me smile lol, I am not too worried about abuse from others lol (if I was I would not be on the bike @330 pounds! lol) but point taken I do think that BMX style might be what I need, I just would like a set that I won't have to worry about every time I have to stand on the pedals lol the thought of a snapped shaft and me sliding into a ditch does not sound like a good time

any more specific brand/models will be greatly appreciated guys!

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I can't see your picture (firewall issues on my end I am sure), but some "plastic" pedals hold up fine.

I have a pair of nylon pedals that came on my 2003 Giant Sedona DX, and they have lasted about 3,000 miles of me riding at between 300 and 350 pounds over the past few years. They are starting to get worn smooth now, but other than that, they should be good for another 3,000 miles.

Other cheap plastic pedals I have broken within 20 miles.
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Little Darwin, just when ya had me then you said "Other cheap plastic pedals I have broken within 20 miles" doh! lol
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+1 on what rustyoldbikes said.

The Povertys seem to be bomb proof so far . I weigh 360 and my foot is a 15EEEE . Those pedals have done a great job so far. Haven't slipped off of them yet as they grab my Brooks sneaks and don't let go. Feet are nice and comfy, no aches or pains. A word to the wise though...if one's foot were to slip you'd probably get a nasty shin scrape to say the least.

I'm presently thinking hard about a 08' Specialized Sequoia. If I were to get it, I'd consider putting the Povertys on it as I don't think I could get a clipless in my size foot without taking out a mortgage It might be sacrilege to the roadie crowd but who really gives a hoot. So long as I am comfy and riding, that's all that matters to me.
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