Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
On the pedal side of things -you get what you pay for. Many of the top end bikes supplied nowadays are sold without pedals. This is not only because of the choice of types of pedals, it is also the choice of quality of pedals.
Not too many years ago, you bought a middle quality bike, and it had pedals. These were good enough for you to set the bike up, ride it a few miles and then throw them away. If you were foolish enough to keep them on the bike, within a couple of rides you were investigating the graunching sound, or the click that was on the bike.
The quality of the pedals relies on several factors, quality of manufacture and build, quality of the bearings and axles, and the ease of any maintenance that may have to be done on them. This is why some apparantly very basic pedals cost a fortune. Then at the other end of the scale, I have seen some very cheap pedals that seem a good buy.
I run SPD's and I use the cheapest Shimano pedal they make. Never had a Problem with them so why should I spend 3 times the amount for a pedal that works in exactly the same way. Easy. My cheap pedals have to be replaced about every 5 years wheras the top of the range would probably last me a lifetime
On the fixed gear bike you had, it sounds as this was not a fixed gear bike but a single speed bike, generally temed as S/S bike.