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Old 08-30-10, 09:37 AM
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Pedals

So I do a lot of riding in urban environments and around a lot of traffic. I'm not real happy with clipless pedals because of the time it takes to get clipped in when starting from stoplights. What brought this to a head was almost falling over at a stoplight into a busy lane next to me...

What's a high-quality, clyde friendly (280lb) pedal that's going to work for me?
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What kind of clipless pedals were you using? I use Shimano M520 SPDs on all of my bikes. The nice thing about SPDs is that you can still pedal pretty well even if you don't get clipped in...
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I don't know for you, but I have various Shimano SPDs and a couple of pair of look compatible pedals. The SPDs are easier for me to get into.

At a traffic light I always have one foot clipped in and then its easy to start moving, then clip in the other foot.
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How about regular shoes and some Shimano DX platforms pedals or some other BMX/MTB platform pedal? The only draw back is you can't pull up on the stroke..
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What about something like these platfrom on one side and clipless on the other. These are shimano M324

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Assuming you do NOT want to stick with the clipless pedals I would recommend some BMX or MTB pedals. I started out with a set of Wellgo pedals and they are bombproof (but heavy). They should cost you ~ $20-$30 new.
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I use Crank Brothers 50/50 bmx platforms on my around town bike.
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The Crank Brothers BMX or it looks like velo-orange has a bunch of nice pedals also. Anyone used them?
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Originally Posted by sstorkel
What kind of clipless pedals were you using? I use Shimano M520 SPDs on all of my bikes. The nice thing about SPDs is that you can still pedal pretty well even if you don't get clipped in...
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or something like the A530 SPD which can easily be used with or without the SPD clips.
https://www.rei.com/product/764688
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+1 on platform pedals, no reason to pull up when you got another foot to push down, then.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
+1 on platform pedals, no reason to pull up when you got another foot to push down, then.
Clipless pedals make it much easier to maintain a knee-friendly cadence, in my experience...
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EGUNWT, Shimano has/had a platform adaptor for the spd system. Look for Shimano part number SM-PD21.

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Originally Posted by EGUNWT

What's a high-quality, clyde friendly (280lb) pedal that's going to work for me?
https://www.velo-orange.com/mkstope.html
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https://www.bikeparts.com/search_resu...p?ID=BPC341565

I took off my clipless pedals early this summer and have been quite happy without them. If you google "MKS touring pedal" or "MKS Lambda pedals" you will find lots of places to shop for them.
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What pedal/shoe combination are you currently using? We might be able to suggest an easier combo to use.
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Old 09-01-10, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jr59
I use Crank Brothers 50/50 bmx platforms on my around town bike.
How are those working for you? The bearings on mine locked up after only 3 months of use. and I didn't travel that far or mash them at all.
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My commuter bike came with pegged platform (bmx style) pedals and I'm very happy with them. They work almost as well grip-wise as the SPDs that I had on my old commuter, as long as I'm wearing a shoe with a soft sole that's at least 1/4" thick. I don't know what brand they are, but they've lasted 18 months so far.
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Originally Posted by Seve
or something like the A530 SPD which can easily be used with or without the SPD clips.
https://www.rei.com/product/764688
+1 (although I use the Nashbar knock-off)
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Originally Posted by knzn
https://www.velo-orange.com/mkstope.html
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https://www.bikeparts.com/search_resu...p?ID=BPC341565

I took off my clipless pedals early this summer and have been quite happy without them. If you google "MKS touring pedal" or "MKS Lambda pedals" you will find lots of places to shop for them.
them MKS sylvan pedals look like they'd rip the legs off you if you weren't careful!! i'm sure they're good but i'd prefer the plastic or rubber type like these
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+1 , I like big wid platform pedal to distribute the load. I drank the Grant Peterson Kool-Aid and it seems to work for me.

https://www.rivbike.com/article/clothing/the_shoes_ruse

I also use toe clips because I can use my nornal shoes.
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Originally Posted by Mazama
How are those working for you? The bearings on mine locked up after only 3 months of use. and I didn't travel that far or mash them at all.
So far so good. I have about 950 miles on them in about 2 months, in about the same weather that you have. No problems.

Now that you said this, I'll be thinking there is a problem, even if there isn't.

BTW; I really do like these ALOT.
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+1 for the SPDs. I've got them on the tandem and touring bike (the shoes are easier to walk around in) and Look style on the road bike. I've got to admit, the Look style pedals are great once you get going, but I agree, at a busy intersection they can be tricky.
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+1 for the Crank Bros 50/50 pedals. I use those on two road bikes (a hybrid an a SS). Each pair have about 2500 miles on them and no problems so far (in dry Southern California). They're kind of pricey, but look around on the web and you should be able to find them for $50/pair. My MTB has Nashbar's house-brand MTB pinned platforms - no problems after 1 year of riding, primarily on fire roads.
 
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I've been using the Forte Convert Platforms....they are shin busters if you slip off, but they really stick to soft soles. Some say they are awful heavy, but at 280 #, I'll just a lose a pound and then the weight of the pedals is gone! I've got wide feet (4E) and these pedals fit good.

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