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My 1983 Lotus Eclair - Deore Pedals - What are those PINS for??

Old 03-07-12, 07:48 PM
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My 1983 Lotus Eclair - Deore Pedals - What are those PINS for??



As I come to grips with the fact that adapting these cranks for modern pedals will take some time (or money), I'm starting to look at the Deore pedals with new interest.

As I look at the pedals I see these 3 "pins" sticking up from the platform, clearly visible in the photo. So what's the deal with these? Are they there just to make it difficult to get your foot out?? Or is there some part that's missing on these pedals? Has anyone had any experience riding with these? Or links to threads about the pins?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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(PS - I still owe the forum photos of the lotus - caught a cold this past weekend, almost all better now. It's on my to-do list!)
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Old 03-07-12, 07:57 PM
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I believe they are to hold your foot more securely.

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Most toe clips I've seen have wings toward the front to hold the toe of the shoe in place, perhaps those were a later version of that?
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VeloBase entry

But it does not answer your question.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I believe they are to hold your foot more securely.

yep, that's what I believe, too. There are dozens of BMX pedals that have DOZENS of little Allen grub screws in their platforms to do the same thing, and they can be removed and replaced...if you like that kind of work.
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I have those on my MTB platform pedals, they do an amazing job of shredding your legs.
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I have those on my MTB platform pedals, they do an amazing job of shredding your legs.
You should try using your feet on the pedals instead of your shins, you'll get better power transfer that way
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They grip your shoes better. As I said in the other thread, I put a set of those cranks & pedals on my Schwinn Superior.

You have to remember that in that time, "touring shoes" were simply flat shoes with a light rubber sole. Stiff, cleated shoes did not become popular for touring until the SPD clipless pedals appeared, about 10 years later.
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Yes, I had a pair of Bata Bikers, then an Avocet touring shoe. Both had simple, flat soles, with a little heal so you could actually walk in them. During my international tours in the '80s (Ireland, Italy, Nova Scotia etc) those served me well and were the only shoes I had to carry.

I looked at my son's Specialized shoes and they've got a smooth sole too. I slipped them in and out of the pedals manually and was surprised to find that the pins don't interfere. We'll see how he feels when he goes for his first ride on the bike.
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+1 on the traction tip. They are startlingly effective. I have a pair of BMX platform pedals on my Trek 616, and I don't feel the need for clips at all, as long as I concentrate on moving my feet back and forth instead of up and down.
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
You should try using your feet on the pedals instead of your shins, you'll get better power transfer that way
That also explains the poor bike fit!
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Those pedals are really nice, despite being old. I really like the width of the platforms on them.
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Those pedals are really nice, despite being old. I really like the width of the platforms on them.
They are really cool pedals.
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I raced MTB back when we had "bear claw" pedals. Ouch. But yah, those just hold yo shoes in better.
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