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Old 06-18-05, 12:39 PM   #1
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advantage (or not) of "platforms" on crank bros pedals

i use the word "platform" as a noun unassociated with pedal types, to indicate a surface which is sort of flat.

my question has to do with the advantages or disadvantages of crank bros Candy pedals, compared to the simpler Eggbeater variety.

Candy pedals have little platforms. Eggbeaters do not. Is there an advantage to these little platforms? Or should I just go with the plain and pleasingly minimalist Eggbeaters?

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As somebody who uses Eggbeater SLs with Sidi shoes, I have no problems at all and have never been found lacking for platform when standing up and sprinting or climbing. That said, I only ever take my road bike out if I know I'm going for a ride of considerable distance and know that the only time I'm going to be off the bike is to walk it to and from my door to the street.

The downside to the Eggbeaters is that if want to go for a short spin down the block to the grocery store or something and don't want to bother with your dedicated shoes with cleats, it can be somewhat of a pain trying to pedal on them. In situations like this, the Candies or Mallets may be of more use to you with their wider platform.
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I pretty much always ride with cleated shoes, but they're inevitably the "mountain" style so I can grocery-shop, go to meetings, and otherwise walk around....so they may not provide enough support on their own, and the Candies might be a better choice for me.

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No problem, mate. You can usually find Candy C's and SL's on eBay for less than you'd pay at your local shop.
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If you have a problem with hot spots when using little cleats, the wider body will usually alleviate that. Outside of that, it's usually easier to ride on the pedals without being fully clipped in. You can put your foot on the pedal, start riding, and wait for the cleat to engage.
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Having ridden both, I recommend the Candy's. While both are perfectly fine, I found myself irked by the definite feel of loss of power transfer from a start. On the track I find this to be even more noticeable.

Also, depending on the stiffness of your shoe and your weight and riding style, mild hot spots may occur with the regular eggbeaters since they lack a platform. Around the city, I find that they'd be perfect but for anything over 50 miles, I'd want a more stable wider platform for the long haul.

Thus, the Candy SL's are my pedals of choice.

But I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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I like my Candys, but the platform interferes with the tread on my 05 Specialized Comp mtb shoes. I realize this could be alleviated by triming the tread. Other than that, they are ****ing sweet.
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hey, wow...Candy SLs are on sale at Nashbar for $62. code W204 gets an add'l 10% off. get em while they're freshly wrapped
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