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Old 04-21-16, 10:51 AM
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Pedal Question from Newbie

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New rider 6'4 285 lbs. Haven't been on a bike in 20 years. I've been essentially this size since high school and rode all of the time when I was younger but had a problem with pedals on a newly purchased bike. The bike came with the cheap plastic pedals and when trying to stand to climb a hill, I broke both of them at the same time. Looking for some ideas for moderately priced replacements that can stand up to my weight. I guess they don't make anything like the used to.
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I went to clipless years ago, but I would think pedals purpose built for downhill mountain biking might be the place to look if you are sticking with platform pedals.
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I weigh 240 and use the Shimano PD-M540 SPD pedals. Never had a pedal problem in the past 3 years.
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
I went to clipless years ago, but I would think pedals purpose built for downhill mountain biking might be the place to look if you are sticking with platform pedals.
This! An added benefit is the larger size they generally are will give your foot more support. Your LBS(local bike shop) should have plenty in all price ranges.
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Originally Posted by cescommguy View Post
Good Afternoon,

New rider 6'4 285 lbs. Haven't been on a bike in 20 years. I've been essentially this size since high school and rode all of the time when I was younger but had a problem with pedals on a newly purchased bike. The bike came with the cheap plastic pedals and when trying to stand to climb a hill, I broke both of them at the same time. Looking for some ideas for moderately priced replacements that can stand up to my weight. I guess they don't make anything like the used to.
If you're not willing to go clipless, then just get some metal platform pedals. Before I swapped to clipless, I used these for a while (@ 290lbs) without problem:

http://www.amazon.com/XLC-2501811000...c+alloy+pedals
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Old 04-21-16, 01:17 PM
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I'd agree with the metal pedal suggestion. Any LBS should have them (and install them for probably free), or you can just get them from an online retailer. They're not that expensive either. I had an old BSO mountain bike that had pedals last me for longer than just about everything else--I even pulled a cog apart trying to climb a hill, but the pedals were fine. Then I got my new Specialized Crosstrail last July and went through 3 plastic pedals in a month. One of them broke on day 2. Metal pedals lasted until the SPD itch came in, and I've since gifted them to my little brother for his first big-kid bike.
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I was close to your size when I started riding.

I started with speedplay and never had an issue. You can obviously go with mtb pedals, but dont think you HAVE to.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
If you're not willing to go clipless, then just get some metal platform pedals. Before I swapped to clipless, I used these for a while (@ 290lbs) without problem:

http://www.amazon.com/XLC-2501811000...c+alloy+pedals
Thanks for the input and the first hand review. I just ordered a set of these. For $20 including shipping, they're definitely worth a try and if I don't like them no big loss.
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Originally Posted by cescommguy View Post
Thanks for the input and the first hand review. I just ordered a set of these. For $20 including shipping, they're definitely worth a try and if I don't like them no big loss.


Hope they work out for you!
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Originally Posted by cescommguy View Post
Thanks for the input and the first hand review. I just ordered a set of these. For $20 including shipping, they're definitely worth a try and if I don't like them no big loss.
Depending on how you ride, I had similar cheap metal pedals and after I took the toe clips off, my feet squirmed around all over the place. I just posted in the hybrid photo section replying to a pedal comment so here's a copy/paste....

I bought these, Forte platform pedals. Paid $59 for them same as currently in the link. I LOVE them. My feet are stuck on them like glue. I really have to physically lift my feet up and off them to move my foot around. There are other similar pedals out there like the Shimano Saints and others at various prices give or take $20. I imagine they are all relatively alike.

Yeah, plastic pedals suck. Back in the day just riding a mile at a time with my 6 year old on a Walmart bike, I probably went through 5 pair of plastic pedals. That was a long time prior to me getting into actual cycling. Yes, the plastic ones will crack. They won't crack, fall off, and cause you to wreck, but they will split on the spindle axis in short time.
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Old 04-22-16, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
Depending on how you ride, I had similar cheap metal pedals and after I took the toe clips off, my feet squirmed around all over the place. I just posted in the hybrid photo section replying to a pedal comment so here's a copy/paste....
They worked fine for me, and I always took off the toe clips of any pedal I bought before putting them on my bikes, I hate toe clips!
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Old 04-22-16, 08:11 AM
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I'm not quite your size, but I'm happy with the SPD pedals also. I started riding a few years ago and was around 195.

I did a stint with metal platforms due to an ankle injury and my foot slipped off one too many times (for me that was twice) where luckily my only injury was the pedal coming around and digging into my achilles (which was painful enough) and obviously a taint full of saddle which really hurts.
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I am a bit lighter than you (230) but I use a variety of pedals on my bikes, Campy quill pedals in the 70's and 80's, Shimano look compatible pedals in the late 80's, Shimano spd pedals cheapies M-520 to M775's and now VP spd compatible pedals. only problem were with the cheap Shimano M-520's, the bearings started tightening up on these. I switched to the VP pedals that were spd compatible that have cartridge bearings in them. No more problems. but I have never broken a pedal on any of my bikes.
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