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Old 06-10-19, 09:49 AM
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Have you ever had a truly good set of pedals ...

that you were truly fond of for under $150 retail new?

(I thought we should at least have some plausibility with these troll-postings.)
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My XTR trail pedals came in under that mark, but only because they were below MSRP.
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Sure...

Ultegra R8000 pedals for under $120, and even less if you're willing to order direct from China.
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I'm still using the # 1037 Campagnolo pedals I bought in the 70's.. for my long bicycle tours ..
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Literally every set of clipless pedals I've ever bought have been much, much less than 150USD / 120EUR, and I've never had any problems with any of them.

I think people spend waaaaaay too much on pedals.
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
I think people spend waaaaaay too much on pedals.
Don't deny me my ability to save 15 grams...
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Don't deny me my ability to save 15 grams...
Is there a 38-page, 40,000 post, fruitless debate on how pedals don't count toward bike weight savings because, once clipped in, they're not part of the bike, but part of the rider (BUT WHAT ABOUT ROTATIONAL WEIGHT?) ? Eat fewer pies, save a few kilos
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While I admit I'm fond of my pedals, I'm not so sure they feel the same about me. I step on them a lot.
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
Literally every set of clipless pedals I've ever bought have been much, much less than 150USD / 120EUR, and I've never had any problems with any of them.

I think people spend waaaaaay too much on pedals.
I somewhat agree. For SPD pedals, it's really hard to beat Shimano M520. You may not be able to get them for under $30 anymore but they are still a bargain. They last for ages...I've got some 20 year old ones I'm still using...and they work better than just about any other SPD pedal around. I hate Shimano (or, rather, I hate the monoculture that Shimano has created) but...damn!

iSSi pedals (QBP house brand) are also pretty good pedals (if somewhat unfortunately named). They work pretty well for a non-Shimano pedal and they have some cool features like wider spindle kits, better bearings, and you can get them in really cool colors but, at around $85, they are a bit more expensive than Shimano's M520.
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I've never seen these Giant SPDs before, but found them in nearly new condition at a bike swap meet for $20. I love them, easy in and out, and it looks like the silver cap just screws off to service the bearings. I use Campy quills , toe clips and straps for Eroica, but the rest of the year, its SPDs on all my bikes, but previously Shimano. Anybody else use these? I don't see a model no. anywhere, no idea of their age.

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Old 06-10-19, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I somewhat agree. For SPD pedals, it's really hard to beat Shimano M520. You may not be able to get them for under $30 anymore but they are still a bargain. They last for ages...I've got some 20 year old ones I'm still using...and they work better than just about any other SPD pedal around. I hate Shimano (or, rather, I hate the monoculture that Shimano has created) but...damn!

iSSi pedals (QBP house brand) are also pretty good pedals (if somewhat unfortunately named). They work pretty well for a non-Shimano pedal and they have some cool features like wider spindle kits, better bearings, and you can get them in really cool colors but, at around $85, they are a bit more expensive than Shimano's M520.
At risk of ruining my troll-mirror thread with a serious question, I'm actually interested in the Issi pedals (I think it sounds more like "easy" than "pissy" when they pronounce it), and in particular the axle extensions (apparently only available with the black pedals). I heard mixed things about the reliability, which put me off. Do you have any experience with these?

Before I broke my ankle, any old Nashbar SPD clone worked fine for me. Now, the only thing I have been totally comfortable on are XTR trail pedals (and they are marginally more comfortable than the seemingly identical but more robust XT version).
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For trail and on the road, gravel type pedal you can clip in..SPD, I like these Shimano T8000 pedals. They have large platform. I tend to get hotspots on the smaller pedals.
https://www.rei.com/product/116154/s...000-spd-pedals
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I'm still using "Delta" type pedals from 30 years ago. They were nowhere near $150
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I have these on one of my bikes:

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The ones that came on my 1989 Murray Monterey were pretty sweet.
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Like Cyccomute said the M520 are hard to beat. I also have a set of Nashbar(Welgo) pedals that I've been using for almost 20 years. When they start to get hard to get in and out of , I hose them with some WD-40(flame away), and it frees them right up.
BTW $150 for pedals? Does that include shoes too?
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I like this thread, because now I feel like my Frogs are affordable.

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Shimano PD-A600 have been amazingly smooth and durable. The bearings in them are so nice. Not sure if I just got an exceptional set or not.

I might have to pick up another set and compare.
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At risk of ruining my troll-mirror thread with a serious question, I'm actually interested in the Issi pedals (I think it sounds more like "easy" than "pissy" when they pronounce it), and in particular the axle extensions (apparently only available with the black pedals). I heard mixed things about the reliability, which put me off. Do you have any experience with these?

Before I broke my ankle, any old Nashbar SPD clone worked fine for me. Now, the only thing I have been totally comfortable on are XTR trail pedals (and they are marginally more comfortable than the seemingly identical but more robust XT version).
iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have worked very well for me. I have them on at least 2 bikes and maybe 3 (I can remember) and have been using them for a few years now. I've found that I need to keep an eye on the endcaps but other than that they haven't had any issues. I have the +6 and +12 replacement spindles on 2 of the bikes for winter boots and I should change them out but I'm too lazy.

I think you are confused about the spindles on the iSSi Flash II pedals however. You can get the black ones with the longer spindles but you can get the longer spindles and replace them on any Flash II pedal. This bike

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have the +6 and +12, respectively. My YBB may have iSSi pedals on it but I don't recall at this point.

Swapping the spindle out is trivial, by the way. The spindle kit is a little expensive...about $50...but it is nice to have a wider spindle for winter shoes.
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Shimano PD-A600 have been amazingly smooth and durable. The bearings in them are so nice. Not sure if I just got an exceptional set or not.

I might have to pick up another set and compare.
I have a pair of these on a 1987 Bianchi. Mine are almost silver-colored; the new ones are steel blue or black. They have been very good for on-road, but they do scratch up very quickly.
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I bought two pairs of Shimano XTR (SPD) pedals a couple of years ago at a good discount. Finest pedals I've ever owned...including my Campy pedals "back in the day". I ride them on my road bikes because they provide more float and save my older knees.
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bought Time Atac, but have not screwed them on any bike for a decade..

other OBG Lyotard 460D, and a Mavic toe clip pedal , Phil CHP..
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I know this is a fun jokey thread to counter our resident troll of the moment but...

I actually love the Shimano Saint pedals I bought winter of 2017/2018. I found them new for like $40 and they are absolutely perfect for what I wanted (grippy platforms I could ride in the woods that wouldn't tear me up too badly when I inevitably whack myself with them). For some reason I like them a lot more than the Velo Orange Sabot pedals I put on my other bike AND the MKS Lambdas on my other other bike.

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