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Old 06-24-09, 07:44 PM   #1
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Less than a month and already need a set of pedals.

Well, I've been riding my bike for less than a month and the right pedal is falling apart.

I have hit the ground a couple of time the past few weeks while turning a corner and the right pedal is litterally falling apart. the thing ios mostly plastic with a crome outter.
Got home from work today and noticed the pedal all bent out of shape. Took the metal off and bent it back in place. I don['t know how much longer iot will last.

The pic is just to show the style of pedal, before the damage.

Looking for options on what to get as a replacement but not break the bank...
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Old 06-24-09, 07:55 PM   #2
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My pedals look entirely plastic, wonder how long mine will last.
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The important thing is stop pedalling when you make sharp turns. Striking the pedal against the road surface causes crashes - don't worry about pedal damage.
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outside foot down when railing the corner
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Back when I was still using toe cages, my big pet peeve was that I could not find a *quality* pedal.
(And yes I tried MKS and was unimpressed).

The closest I could find was this:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400009_400264

The only downside is that while the outer bearing is a true ball-bearing, the inner "bearing" is a plastic/metal sleeve which eventually gets loose.
But at least these start out solid and silky smooth, as opposed to the other junk I tried.
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My original pedals lasted about a month also. They were just plastic, intended only to last long enough to demo the bike I think. My LBS put on better quality metal pedals for free.

I think new bikes come with crap pedals with the assumption that the buyer will replace them at the time of sale with his own preference... clipless or studded pedals or whatever.
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This is the Wellgo website. It will give you an idea of what a variety of pedals there are.


look for something wiht a metal body..plastic won't last more than a couple hundred miles, at most.
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This is the Wellgo website. It will give you an idea of what a variety of pedals there are.


look for something wiht a metal body..plastic won't last more than a couple hundred miles, at most.
ThanX barturtle,
I like the looks of these, without the metal wrapped around.


Found these while surfing for a style I could live with.
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Those are track pedals. The MKS Sylvan is a good option for a cheap track pedal, but you probably don't need the smaller platform for extra clearance if you can freewheel— just leave the inner pedal up on a turn.

If you aren't going to be using clips and straps, you probably want a pedal with a larger platform for comfort and a less smooth surface so your feet are held on better. Even if you do strike the pedal occasionally while turning, it won't break a metal pedal like it does a plastic one.
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AlanKHG,
I haven't thought of the "smaller platform" for riding comfort. ThanX going to check my LBS at lunch time today.

I have to keep reminding myself to stop pedalling when I make sharp turns.
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I have MKS Sylvans on my commuter witsh some fairly shallow clips (even though I have size 11.5 feet). I love them. Although I do ride fixed, I really dig the "smaller platform" because pedal strike is a non-issue, even on 170mm cranks and a pretty low BB. I reccommend them highly.
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I started commuting 3 weeks ago. I found myself buying new pedals 2 weeks ago. Whacked my left one down on a curb my first week and destroyed it (the axle of the pedal sort of ripped through the surrounding plastic). My LBS had a very large selection of pedals.. quite overwhelming.

I've got big feet and I am a somewhat heavy person, so I went with large platform pedals. They had a pair made by Kona ("Jack****") that was on sale for $7 for the set. I picked those up and I am quite pleased with them..


Looks very much like the "Primo" pictured above. Swear filter prevented me from linking to an actual picture of mine since the URL contained "Jack****" in it and was replaced with *'s
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Well, I've been riding my bike for less than a month and the right pedal is falling apart.

I have hit the ground a couple of time the past few weeks while turning a corner and the right pedal is litterally falling apart. the thing ios mostly plastic with a crome outter.
Got home from work today and noticed the pedal all bent out of shape. Took the metal off and bent it back in place. I don['t know how much longer iot will last.

The pic is just to show the style of pedal, before the damage.

Looking for options on what to get as a replacement but not break the bank...
I use this pedal on all my bikes since it does a good job for little money.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...3_10000_201354
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Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
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When looking for platform pedals I always look for the one's with replaceable cages, like the Performance ones linked above, and those Wellgos. Also the MKS Esprit pedals have replaceable cages; those are going on my new build. A lot of MKS pedals have rivited (non-replaceable) cages. You'd have to replace the whole body.

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If not riding with toe clips go for a dual sided pedal as IMO they are a lot more convenient. The MKS Esprit pictured is a good example as are the Kona pedals.

Personally though I normally ride with SPD M-324 or A-530 pedals. Both allow riding with MTB clip-in shoes or normal walking shoes. To me the security I feel when clipped in, and the added pedalling efficiency, makes them the way to go.
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I have been using DMR V8 pedals for a few months and would recommend them highly.
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There are a variety of types and makes of pedals. Most riders have their preference and a bike manufacturer couldn't possibly guess which one a buyer would want. So manufacturers either don't include pedals at all when they make a bike or they throw on a pair of disposable platform pedals that the manufacturer figures will get tossed shortly after the bike purchase.
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