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    Aspiring curmudgeon icepick_trotsky's Avatar
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    What pedals do you use?

    I'm in the market for new pedals. I don't wear clipless for commuting, but I would like the option to attach toe clips or foot straps. What do you like?

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    I ride clipless for everything, except commuting where I use my old clip and strap pedals dating from before clipless existed. My reason for staying classic for commuting is that I often run errands on the way home, and the commuter is also my utility bike, so I prefer not to deal with bike shoes for those rides.

    While top quality classic pedals aren't that common, there are some nice NOS deals to be found, and MKS also has some nice offerings at decent prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    I ride clipless for everything, except commuting where I use my old clip and strap pedals dating from before clipless existed. My reason for staying classic for commuting is that I often run errands on the way home, and the commuter is also my utility bike, so I prefer not to deal with bike shoes for those rides.

    While top quality classic pedals aren't that common, there are some nice NOS deals to be found, and MKS also has some nice offerings at decent prices.
    The classic option would be appealing, as my commuter is an '83 Peugeot UO-14. Any makers to seek out NOS?

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    Flat pedals, steel pins.

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    These Avenir/Wellgo pedals with toe clips and straps. I like them since they offer pretty good foot retention with normal shoes and are pretty easy to get the foot in-and-out but there isn't any fore/aft adjustment of the clip position without using shims so they might not work well for someone with big (or small) feet.
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    whatever came on the bike.. I wear street shoes.
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    Ergon pedals .. & regular shoes .. love the huge, curved, built in pedal reflectors ..

    Flat pedals, steel pins.
    I have some of those, too, on other bikes .. Predate my finding the Ergons.
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    I really don't like to ride in traffic clipped in so I use Shimano's dual sided A530 SPD/ Commuter pedals. I like to be able to put a foot down when I need to if there are a lot of cars around. But on the bike path or on open roads I like to get the extra torque from being clipped in.
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    MKS Sylvan pedals for me, on both my bikes. I use them for commuting, mountain biking, and road cycling - although I don't race or do group road rides.

    Anyone know where to find good quality (not plastic "push-on" reflectors that always fall off) reflectors to fit Sylvan pedals?

    My only beef with the Sylvan pedals is they can scrape when corning on a road bike over the same corners where they don't scrape on my moutain bike. Obviously the MTB has a higher BB, but it's something to consider if using them on a road bike. Sylvans are pretty wide pedals, which I like for my big and wide feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post

    Anyone know where to find good quality (not plastic "push-on" reflectors that always fall off) reflectors to fit Sylvan pedals?
    I like my "Wellgo Bolt-On Pedal Reflector Set" that I got on Amazon, via Xtreme Bike & Sport. I use them on my MKS Sylvans on my daily commuter.

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    I use XTR 785s and A600s on my commuters and sport bikes. The A600s weigh ~290 gms and in a pinch can be used without cleats. I bought a couple reserve pairs and am going to switch to them when my 785s wear out.
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    If you want a classic look with the option for clips, look at some of the MKS line. The Sylvan touring, road or stream models may be good for you.
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    Flat pedals, various types, depending on the bike.
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    I've been pushing my Ergons for going on 3 years now, and I love 'em. Not sure if you an attach clips or straps to them, though.

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    On my road bike I use Shimano SPD-SL pedals. My Trek 3700 commuter I use the stock Wellgo flat pedals for now. I bike commute with both bikes weekly.

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    I believe my latest set of pedals came off the shelf at WalMart. They have cut-outs for toe clips and have lasted many hundreds of miles.
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    I use Shimano hybrid pedals. I wear clipless for almost everything, but I do have occasion to just wear regular shoes now and then. Its nice having a pedal that can accommodate both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastbay71 View Post
    I really don't like to ride in traffic clipped in so I use Shimano's dual sided A530 SPD/ Commuter pedals. I like to be able to put a foot down when I need to if there are a lot of cars around. But on the bike path or on open roads I like to get the extra torque from being clipped in.
    I have the same pedals. Sometimes I ride clipless - sometimes I wear other shoes like sneakers. I figure when the weather gets really cold I will put away the clipless shoes until spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
    The classic option would be appealing, as my commuter is an '83 Peugeot UO-14. Any makers to seek out NOS?
    I have the original Sakae SR Road Quill pedals on my vintage trek. You can find the pedals easily on ebay. Clips and straps should be easy to find. I bought some not too long ago from niagara.

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    Plastic BMX pedals with nylon foot straps. I've been known to ride around in vintage boots, and this maximizes foot retention while minimizing damage to shoes.
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    Flat Wellgo pedals, steel pins.

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    For commuting, these:

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    Under 20 euros pair, durable, winter, salt, rain - no problems. You can wear any old shoes for work, walking, whatevers - the foot stays planted, secure, on the nice, wide, grippy platform. If they were just a wee bit smaller, I'd put them on the road bike too and forget about special shoes for clipless pedals.
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    You could get a set that has SPD on one side and a platform on the other. Those take mountain bike shoes. Right now I have road SPDs but will change them soon for thr above mentioned. As for running errands...eh, i don't have a problem with a pair of thick soled shoes sitting on top of a clipless pedl
    al. I would rather be clipless for anything over 5 miles.
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