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Old 06-16-16, 04:50 PM
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Just bought new pedals last week. Was told I needed the more expensive ones for "someone like me" was a little offended.
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Old 06-16-16, 04:56 PM
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What type of pedal did you want vs what were they pushing? I could see certain super Clyde's having issues with certain pedals, but most pedals should be fine for a clyde
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Old 06-16-16, 05:02 PM
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Expensive compared to what?

Good pedals are nice. I went to SPD a while ago, and I must admit that I can't really tell the difference between "cheap" and "expensive". Most are rebuildable, and I do try to keep an eye on the condition.

I've thought about going cheap titanium, but apparently at least some of them don't use hardened cones.
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Old 06-16-16, 05:06 PM
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I went with Issi. I'm not cheap as I have a crux expert red. Just the way he said it. He might as well said this is our fat section.
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Old 06-16-16, 05:45 PM
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They look like nice pedals. Color matching for your bike?

SPD, or whatever their road cleat is? The SPDs don't look too different from Shimano and Wellgo.

The "road" pedals look quite sturdy. I think it was just an unfortunate choice in words.
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Old 06-16-16, 05:59 PM
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I love my iSSi Trail pedals (which I use on the road.) Pedals don't much care what you weigh.
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Ironically the most expensive Speedplay pedals with titanium axles are limited to 185 lbs. Certainly won't work for us Clydes.
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Old 06-16-16, 06:24 PM
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I've road with them twice so far and they are nice. They only had black I stock buy they look good since my bike is mostly white. I took my Shimano off and put them on my mountain bike that I was recently reacquainted with after selling it 2 years ago. [h=1][/h]
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Originally Posted by Tattookaz View Post
Just bought new pedals last week. Was told I needed the more expensive ones for "someone like me" was a little offended.
It's easy to be offended, especially in a bike shop where the guys who work there are often fitting the "road bike image" of the 150lb rider, and usually deal with people who are skinny. However, the fact is that you do need better pedals as a heavier guy. I know this because I've melted cheap pedals under my "power".

So yes, the guy picked maybe a poor choice of words, but understand that he has to make a choice as to how he communicates the following information to you: "Fat guys need strong pedals". Personally I like the straight approach, but some people think they're going to offend you, so end of offending you more by speaking in euphemisms.

But in the end, the take away, he gave you good advice!
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Old 06-17-16, 08:58 AM
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Yeah, poor choice of words, but don't be easily offended. Every time I tell someone that my wife and I are avid cyclist the say, on a motorcycle or bicycle? There was a recent event that we happened to run into some folks that did it, when I asked about how it was they looked at me oddly and said, "You know this is on bicycles right?" After I mentioned that I had over 1500 miles last year on my bicycle they looked a little shocked. People are so prejudiced it makes me sick sometimes.
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Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
Ironically the most expensive Speedplay pedals with titanium axles are limited to 185 lbs. Certainly won't work for us Clydes.
Yeah, I always wondered about that. So they're ok for Sagan, who probably has some insane FTP, but not ok for me with my weak FTP?
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I've had some pedals noticeably flex under my weight...a little scary. Any more, I stick with MKS, it's hard to go wrong with them.
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Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
Ironically the most expensive Speedplay pedals with titanium axles are limited to 185 lbs. Certainly won't work for us Clydes.
But the middle range Speedplays have stainless axes, meaning you don't need to obsess over rust. And those work well for 300 pound riders.
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But the middle range Speedplays have stainless axes, meaning you don't need to obsess over rust. And those work well for 300 pound riders.
Speedplay Zeros with Stainless is what I ride. Great pedals.
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Old 06-25-16, 01:21 PM
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Go ahead and get plastic things that come off the shaft and invite serious ankle and leg injury if your foot goes thataway.

I don't have the same pedals on all three of my bikes but I do find pedals that aren't cheap and flimsy. This can include the 'classic' style like you'd find on 'cruisers' and casual bikes, road bike types with or without traps and I have Wellgo BMX style pedals on my latest Rollfast because they have a large surface area for adult feet and are durable.


I have all three types I mentioned.


One thing I've tried hard to avoid is having the pedal shaft shearing off at the threads. You can limp it back home carefully if you learn to push the good side first then the 'stump' and keep the motion going. It's a useful trick I learned years ago, but stay out of heavy traffic areas and you will walk it some.




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I love my iSSi Trail pedals (which I use on the road.) Pedals don't much care what you weigh.
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Necessary evil I suppose. When I bought my latest set of pedals I was the one who asked about weight limits yo avoid a problem later on down the road.

I would guess that buying up the chain is worse than buying the bottom rung parts. Once you start moving up in price more exotic metals are used, or hollowed out tubes or axels. Neither of those weight savings are good for heavier riders.
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