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Old 09-10-07, 11:07 PM
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New pedals?

I just bought a bike and it has platform pedals which I hate both because the look and constant thread of shin bashing if my foot slips.

My budget is ~$50 for new pedals but I don't know what to get. My old $150 Panasonic road bike had metal "jaws" pedals with toe clips which were good, but my new Trek Portland deserves a little more I think.

I guess it is supposed to come with Shimano clipless but I got it off craigslist and didn't ask before I bought it (sent the seller an email regarding pedals though.) I would consider clipless but they are expensive with shoes and I will be commuting and have never used them; would I fall off at every stop light?

What do you guys recommend for good looking/functional pedals? Nashbar doesn't seem to have much...
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Old 09-10-07, 11:52 PM
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In that price range and for general commuting (non-clipless since you said those cost to much)...

Goto a LBS and get any metal pedal compatible with Power Grips ( http://www.amazon.com/BPP-Power-Grips/dp/B000ADZ0IO ). For metal pedals and the Power Grips you are talking $30-$50 and any bike shop can get them (amazon just had the clearest link). Many shops will have some used pedals which shipped with complete retail bikes for resale which you may even be able to get for under $10.
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Old 09-11-07, 12:36 AM
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I got that setup the other day for my fixie commuter. I spent about 40 for a pair of WTB mtb pedals and 25 for some powergrips. The pedals are great with my tennis/running shoes but with my work shoes, it either tears into the shoes or it prevents me from properly entering the powergrips. I need new shoes.
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Wellgo pedals with toe clips. They last a very long time for $30.
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Old 09-11-07, 06:16 AM
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Two weeks ago I bought new Giant platform pedals with toe-clips and straps, $30 for a pair, at Hudson Trail Outfitters. All metal pedal with plastic cage, very comfortable.
84 mile ride with them this past weekend and they worked great. Felt a little pinching on the left toes after 60 miles, so I just flipped it over to the non-cage side for a while.

The local Performance wanted $25 for pedals, $20 for clips and $10 for straps, and you had to assemble it all yourself.

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Old 09-11-07, 08:02 AM
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Clipless doesn't have to be that expensive. I use Shimano M520 pedals on my tourer ($35 or so on sale) and cheap SixSixOne SPD-ready MTB shoes that were $30.
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Old 09-11-07, 02:26 PM
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Forte Campus pedals are in that price range, if you're looking for versatility: clipless on one side, platform on the other. I use the Shimano M-324, which are similar but more expensive. The advantage is that in the long haul, you can use clipless and just cruise. But if you're wandering around slowly, such as on a college campus, or a street fair, or the beach -- all things that I do -- you can flip them over and not worry about clipping out when you stop, etc. Also, if you want to make a quick run on the bike, such as to the store, you can hop on without gearing up in clipless shoes. The disadvantage of having to flip the pedal over is, in my experience, minimal.
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+1 on the Powergrips. Powergrips can give you the performance of clipless pedals to a degree. It can hold your feet in place over bumps and the grips can be easily adjusted for the type of shoes you need to use. They are not as expensive as clipless pedals+shoes and if your pedals are compatible you can just install them without having to buy new pedals. For only $25, you can be the proud owner of Powergrips and even outpace the clipless wearing roadies out there on group rides.

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