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Pedals . . . Is there any proper naming convention?

Old 05-20-10, 10:12 PM
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Pedals . . . Is there any proper naming convention?

I have seen them described all sorts of ways - with terms being used more or less interchangeably - terms like:
Road pedals,
Track Pedals,
Sprint Pedals,
Caged pedals,
Rat Trap pedals,
Bear trap pedals,
Touring pedals,
BMX pedals,
Platform Pedals,
Racing pedals,
Flat pedals,
MTB Pedals,
Quill pedals,

- and an endless array of clipless pedals which don't yet have a place in the C&V lexicon.

So to minimize confusion - can someone properly identify just the 7 common types of pedals shown below?

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Here's what I'd personally call all of those

1) Touring - If only because that's what the MKS pedal that's shaped like that is called.
2) Track - They're similar to #7, but without the U-shaped outside bit of the cage, to increase cornering clearance on high-banked velodromes
3) Also touring
4) BMX
5) BMX, possibly downhill, I believe that's what that specific model is marketed as.
6) MTB - Similar to #7 but with more spiky bits for grip
7) Road/quill - I believe quill refers specifically to the little raised bump on the outside of the cage.
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1) Rat trap
2) Track
3) Rat trap
4) BMX Platform
5) BMX Platform
6) MTB
7) Road quill
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all platform. Though #3 has clips.
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They are all "petals" if they are being sold on Craigslist
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I agree with poster #3. His is the closest match with the names used by Frank Berto in his 1988 book "Bicycling Magazine's Guide To Upgrading Your Bike" in the pedals chapter.

Others not shown in the photos include Rubber Block pedals and Counterbalanced Pedals as well as a number of touring and racing platform pedals from the 80s.
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Originally Posted by superdex
all platform. Though #3 has clips.
Wrong. This is a true platform pedal.

The BMX Platforms are completely different but still regarded as platforms.
The others are exactly as I stated. Numerous sources will concur.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
They are all "petals" if they are being sold on Craigslist
On that we can all agree!
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1,3 touring
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