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Old 04-27-09, 10:14 AM   #1
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Candy C questions?

I use eggbeaters on my commuter and my mountain bike and would love to have them on my ss/townie as well in the form of a hybrid platform pedal. The Candy C's look like the ticket, but because of the eggbeater's design, I'm curious how usable/comfortable this pedal is for use as a platform pedal. Anything over a couple miles and I'll use the clips, but if I'm just running an errand in town, I'd rather not bother with cycling shoes.

Anyway, what experiences have people had using the platforms on Candy C's (or any other crank bros hybrid pedal)?
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I don't think there is enough platform to make the candy's any good as a flat pedal. The eggbeater portion is still raised, which can be slippery when it's wet.

I'd suggest one of Crank Bros dual sided pedals. Mallet, or something along those lines.

I haven't been impressed with Crank Bros lower end pedals. I had a set of Candy C's that I let a buddy borrow, and he managed to destroy them. He's kind of a big dude, at about 220, but this was pretty much all on-road action.
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Old 04-27-09, 12:36 PM   #3
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I don't like Candy's for riding unclipped. It's okay for quick jaunts, but not very pleasant. I wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis.

Regarding Crank Bros. durability: I've seen WAY more failures on the stainless and Ti versions of their pedals. I'm on my or 8th pair of chromoly CB pedals - either eggbeaters, candies or mallets - (across as many bikes) and have only had to send one in for repair after a pedal strike on a rock bent the spring. The pedal was still usable on the other entry side. Repair was free, quick and painless.
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I don't like Candy's for riding unclipped. It's okay for quick jaunts, but not very pleasant. I wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis.
That's the impression I got just looking at them. Are the mallet's comfortable to ride unclipped, or do the clips poke into your feet a lot?
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You get used to them. They don't 'poke' in any painful way, but you can tell they're limiting your shoe's contact with the pedal a little. That's only when you're not weighting the pedals, though.

That said, I never put the additional metal end-pieces on either, which might have helped.

Only real issue was forgetting once that I wasn't clipped in, hopping off a 12" curb and jamming the nose of the saddle into my taint when my foot came off the pedal. My bad all the way on that one.
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I tried it once with my candies for about 2 miles and I never really felt safe! They are too slippery to use without cleats. I personally just put my cycling shoes on for all journeys, but might build up a beater one day with platforms.
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Old 04-28-09, 02:45 AM   #7
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I use eggbeaters on my cross bike. I use candy's on my commuter cross bike. I like them both for different reasons

I like the candys because there is a small platform which is helpful when I want a good start out of an intersection without clipping in, it feels more of a platform compared to the eggbeaters when I'm not clipped in. Then I can clip in later when I'm at speed and away from danger.

I like the eggbeaters for its ease of clipping in and mud shedding capabilities. Its really easy to clip in (good for dismounts/mounts) and sheds mud really well.
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