Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Best Platform Pedals For Road Cycling

Notices
Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Best Platform Pedals For Road Cycling

Old 04-29-09, 12:26 PM
  #1  
vpose
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: british columbia
Posts: 5

Bikes: 2009 Trek Portland

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Best Platform Pedals For Road Cycling

I'm converting a 2009 Opus Sentiero from cyclocross to road cycling and urban commuting. I'm not particularly entranced by the thought of having to use clipless pedals. I can't seem to find any worthwhile platform pedals , can anyone help me with any suggestions?

thanks very much in advance.
vpose is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 12:31 PM
  #2  
TallRider
Senior Member
 
TallRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 4,451
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
by "platform pedals" I assume you mean without toeclips. That's what I do on my commuting bike - just step-on pedals without toeclips. I use cheap pedals that are 25-30 years old, that I grabbed off a used bike.

If you're not using toeclips, it's in your interest to get pedals that are symmetrical, the same on both sides. Some basic platform pedals (for example, the Nashbar Cage Pedal) are slightly different between the two sides, because they assume you'll use toeclips.

Beyond that, just go to a bike shop or nashbar's website or whatever and look at pedals. On bike-seller websites peadls are usually broken up into catgories (road clipless, mtb clipless, platform).
__________________
"c" is not a unit that measures tire width
TallRider is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 12:40 PM
  #3  
sojourn
Senior Member
 
sojourn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Marcos, CA
Posts: 826

Bikes: Madone 6.2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There are no "Best" platform pedals for road cycling. Now if you start talking clipless pedals, that's a thread starter!
__________________
sojourn is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 01:03 PM
  #4  
hernick
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Québec, Québec, Canada
Posts: 225

Bikes: Fuji Touring 64cm, Peugeot Canada PB-18 61cm and winter beaters

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When choosing platform pedals, the biggest tradeoff I know of is size. Larger pedals give you a bigger contact area; I myself love my Blackspire Flatfoots.

The downside of such large pedals is that they're more likely to strike the ground when cornering at high angles. If you don't mind that downside, large platforms are great. Oh, they're also pretty heavy, but unless you're a gram-counter, that shouldn't be a problem.

I also really like platforms that come with metal studs, like the Flatfoots. Those grip into the sole of your shoe and don't let it slip. When using smoother platforms, especially when it's wet, your foot can easily slip. With lots of studs gripping the sole, your foot is a lot more stable on the pedal. The downside is that if you do something stupid and let the pedal hit your shins, it'll hurt a lot more than smooth platforms would.

Such large, studded platform pedals are usually described as Downhill/Freestyle pedals. I find the best shoes to use with them are flat-soled skate shoes.

I have to say I quite like clipless pedals, and I use clipless on my road bike, but platforms are great too.

I found these platforms pedals at Nashbar, they look quite nice and have all the features I love in platform pedals: large contact area, lots of studs for good grip, sealed bearings... You can't go wrong with those.



Nashbar Land Cruiser Pedal

Last edited by hernick; 04-29-09 at 01:07 PM.
hernick is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 02:07 PM
  #5  
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Posts: 12,258

Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
also when your foot does slip, you don't want your shin to bash studded pedals.

try powergrips if you don't want your foot to slip on the pedal, but don't want to use clipless.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 02:16 PM
  #6  
frankenmike 
mechanically sound
 
frankenmike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dover, NH
Posts: 1,501

Bikes: Indy Fab steel deluxe, Aventon cordoba, S-works stumpy fsr, Masi vincere, 92 Hardrock commuter, Dahon mu uno, Outcast 29

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 12 Posts
For super grip and lighter weight, I would look into 9/16" high-end BMX pedals. Primo mags come to mind.
frankenmike is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 02:19 PM
  #7  
JOHN J
Senior Member
 
JOHN J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: upstate NY (eastern side)
Posts: 600

Bikes: giant ATX 760, Falcon Road Bike (ss) custom marinoni tourismo (full dresser) ,

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just put a pair of TIOGA sure foot 8 platforms on my LD/commute bike Love Them.

dont know if ill go bag to any of my clipless pedals after using these for a month.

"John"
JOHN J is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 03:12 PM
  #8  
bkaapcke
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 60 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 14 Times in 5 Posts
Speedplay Drilliums are pricey, but worth it. bk
bkaapcke is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 04:31 PM
  #9  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,626

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 507 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 49 Posts
Platform pedals (useless without toe clips):


Platform pedals (useless without toe clips):


Not Platform pedals (work best with toe clips):


Not Platform pedals:


BMX Platform pedals work well for a lot of folks.
JanMM is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 05:26 PM
  #10  
guaps
Senior Member
 
guaps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You can get two sided pedals. For example, the Shimano M324 is clipless on one side and a standard cage/platform on the other side. Then you have the best of both worlds. There are cheaper versions than the M324...
guaps is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 07:23 PM
  #11  
vins0010
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 249

Bikes: '86 Trek Elance 400; '83 Trek 520; 90s Specialized Crossroads, '84 Trek 610 (wife's), 90s Trek Multitrack (wife's), Cargo Trailers, Burley for the Kids, WeeHoo Trailer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For commuting on an old road bike, I use a Forte Campus pedal. Basically, regular pedal on one side, an SPD clipless pedal on the other. But I did already have some old Mountain Bike shoes with SPD cleats when I bought them. Not sure I could otherwise justify buying new shoes and pedals for my bargain commuter bike.

I have an old mountain bike that I sometimes use for commuting or just putzing around town. For that, I got basic, metal, pedals that pointed spikes (?) on the pedal. This helped them from slipping when wet. These work much better than plastic.

If I had to do again and didn't want clipless, I'd find an old set of used pedals from an LBS that sells used parts. I'd make sure that they weren't rusty to begin with, regrease and maybe replace the bearings (usually just takes some allen wrenches). They'll be as good as new and a lot cheaper.
vins0010 is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 10:33 PM
  #12  
sfclearwater
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 207
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have used these:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1241065767405

on many a city bike.

I like them better than the larger "platform" pedals and have never heard anyone else complain about them. The reflectors are optional...
sfclearwater is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 02:17 AM
  #13  
tatfiend 
Gear Hub fan
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 2,829

Bikes: Civia Hyland Rohloff, Swobo Dixon, Colnago, Univega

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I like the Shimano A530 pedals. A large platform on one side and SPD on the other. IMO they also look good but tastes are highly personal.
__________________
Gear Hubs Owned: Rohloff disc brake, SRAM iM9 disc brake, SRAM P5 freewheel, Sachs Torpedo 3 speed freewheel, NuVinci CVT, Shimano Alfine SG S-501, Sturmey Archer S5-2 Alloy. Other: 83 Colnago Super Record, Univega Via De Oro

Visit and join the Yahoo Geared Hub Bikes group for support and links.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Geared_hub_bikes/
tatfiend is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 02:59 AM
  #14  
meb
Senior Member
 
meb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: arlington, VA
Posts: 1,747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by vins0010 View Post
For commuting on an old road bike, I use a Forte Campus pedal. Basically, regular pedal on one side, an SPD clipless pedal on the other. But I did already have some old Mountain Bike shoes with SPD cleats when I bought them. Not sure I could otherwise justify buying new shoes and pedals for my bargain commuter bike.

I have an old mountain bike that I sometimes use for commuting or just putzing around town. For that, I got basic, metal, pedals that pointed spikes (?) on the pedal. This helped them from slipping when wet. These work much better than plastic.

If I had to do again and didn't want clipless, I'd find an old set of used pedals from an LBS that sells used parts. I'd make sure that they weren't rusty to begin with, regrease and maybe replace the bearings (usually just takes some allen wrenches). They'll be as good as new and a lot cheaper.
I have the Forte Campus as well as the previously Shimano M324. They are essentially two different brands version of the same pedal- I love the best of both world approach.
meb is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 05:42 AM
  #15  
doctor j
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Louisiana
Posts: 3,055
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 1 Post
I've just installed a pair of MKS GR9 pedals on my roadie. So far so good.
doctor j is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 05:50 AM
  #16  
Road Fan
Senior Member
 
Road Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 14,431

Bikes: 1980 Masi, 1984 Mondonico, 1984 Trek 610, 1980 Woodrup Giro, 2005 Mondonico Futura Leggera ELOS, 1967 PX10E, 1971 Peugeot UO-8

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 888 Post(s)
Liked 44 Times in 40 Posts
For platform pedals with toeclips I like the Shimano 105s, the Shimano 600 6207 and 600EX design, the wildly more $$ DuraAce version, and the Campy Triomphe, Chorus, and C-record. If you're a life-long toe clip user, these are all good options. Probably teh Lyotard Berthet shown a few posts back is teh most comfortable. The Campy C-record is one of the most beautiful pedals ever designed, IMO. The Shimano models need Shimano clips, and the Campy models need Campy clips. I'm not sure what fits the Lyotard Berthet.
Road Fan is online now  
Old 04-30-09, 05:52 AM
  #17  
JonathanGennick 
Senior Member
 
JonathanGennick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Posts: 4,132

Bikes: Priority 600, Priority Continuum, Devinci Dexter

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 684 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 49 Times in 31 Posts
Originally Posted by vpose View Post
I can't seem to find any worthwhile platform pedals , can anyone help me with any suggestions?
Wow. There are so many choices out there. Do you like pedals with pins? I run a pair of Shimano MX30s and like 'em. They are probably my favorite pedal right now.
JonathanGennick is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 07:17 AM
  #18  
midwest44
Member
 
midwest44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: I've just moved to Sioux Center Iowa about an hour South of Sioux Falls South Dakota.
Posts: 45

Bikes: Currently just an old GT Tequesta MTB, but just rebuilt from the ground up as a single speed and love it! Next project is a road fixie, looking for a donor....

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Try MKS

I'm riding a SS with MKS GR9 platforms with clips and straps. They're basically copies of the old French Loyotards. They seem good quality and not too pricey. Just Google MKS GR9 and you'll get lots of sources.
midwest44 is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 07:44 AM
  #19  
Longfemur
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,936
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The most practical regular pedal that looks good on a road bike these days is the MKS Touring. If you don't intend to use toe clips on your pedals, it's most convenient to have a pedal like the MKS which is the same on both sides. Otherwise, you need to keep flipping the pedal right side up. Later on, if you decide to use toe clips, these can be used just as well on this pedal.
Longfemur is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 07:50 AM
  #20  
tellyho
Your mom
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a bunch of bikes with older pre-SPD road pedals with toe clips. They're my favorite, and the brands are pretty universal.
tellyho is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 08:12 AM
  #21  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,626

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 507 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 49 Posts
Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
I'm not sure what fits the Lyotard Berthet.
I used a pair or two of Marcel Berthet platforms a long time ago - they worked with standard, non-proprietary toe clips.
JanMM is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 08:49 AM
  #22  
youngman
Junior Member
 
youngman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 20

Bikes: '86 Schwinn Paramount, 2004 Gunnar Rock Hound

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Velo Orange offers a good selection of "older" style road, platform and track type pedals.
youngman is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 11:02 AM
  #23  
Panthers007
Great State of Varmint
 
Panthers007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dante's Third Ring
Posts: 7,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by midwest44 View Post
I'm riding a SS with MKS GR9 platforms with clips and straps. They're basically copies of the old French Loyotards. They seem good quality and not too pricey. Just Google MKS GR9 and you'll get lots of sources.
I also recommend the MKS GR-9 Platform pedals. With one caveat: Overhaul them and re-pack them with fresh grease. Adjust them and tighten the lock-nuts really well. MKS pedals in general come bone-dry and out of adjustment. Take care of this and keep them well-greased and adjusted - they spin almost as smooth as Campy pedals.

Panthers007 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.