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So are pedals like floor mats on cars?

Old 11-10-14, 06:55 PM
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So are pedals like floor mats on cars?

Almost every picture of a bike for sale shows the bike without pedals. When you buy a new car for $20k often times they have a tack on charge for ~ $120 for floor mats. So if I were to buy a $2k bike, would I have to pay extra for the pedals? Why are bikes usually shown without pedals?
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Old 11-10-14, 07:37 PM
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With nicer bikes, buyers are generally going to install the pedals of their choice, which need to be compatible with the cleats and shoes the rider uses. That is, if they use clipless pedal systems, which is probably the norm for bikes at the $2k price point. If a bike was to be equipped with pedals that aren't compatible with the rider's other gear, they're just going to be removed, so why include them in the first place?

Sometimes bikes for sale are offered with basic, cheap platform pedals so they come with something to make the bike rideable. The buyer, of course, has the option to replace those with his pedal of choice.
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Feet on pedals.
Feet on floor mats.
Yes, they are alike.
They are different as explained by SkyDog.
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Old 11-11-14, 07:36 AM
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In addition to SjyDog's explanation, I wouldn't be surprised if another reason pedals often don't appear in product shots is to make the bike look more aesthetically pleasing.

Not that it makes sense; personally, I don't think I bike looks pleasing unless it has fenders, but everyone's different. :-)
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Old 11-11-14, 07:52 AM
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Perhaps many new car buyers want to add their own custom floor mats with leopard stripes or whatever?

Definitely agree that pedals depend much on what type the buyer uses.
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Old 11-11-14, 10:30 AM
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Got it. That makes sense.
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Old 11-11-14, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by mulveyr View Post
In addition to SjyDog's explanation, I wouldn't be surprised if another reason pedals often don't appear in product shots is to make the bike look more aesthetically pleasing.

Not that it makes sense; personally, I don't think I bike looks pleasing unless it has fenders, but everyone's different. :-)
If you ever noticed, most catalog/online shots of expensive road bikes don't show a dork disc either.

But the shop will insist that it leave the place with one and all of the reflectors, in most cases.
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Old 11-11-14, 11:01 AM
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If the CSPC law says these things must be on a Bike when it's sold , then that is the Fact. Its a Law.

the LBS puts a simple Platform pedal on for test rides , then if the new Owner wants something else , its Available .

If they brought their own shoes and pedals they can be swapped over , if not, they get to try the bike with whatever shoes they wore.

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Old 11-11-14, 01:32 PM
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My Brompton* is Not Cheap , Im Using Campag BMX pedals on It.

*M3L + Swiss, Mountain drive 2 speed crank puts it in about $2K.

But it did sell with pedals.. the left one folds Up.

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Old 11-11-14, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
If you ever noticed, most catalog/online shots of expensive road bikes don't show a dork disc either.

But the shop will insist that it leave the place with one and all of the reflectors, in most cases.
Even when I was looking at $500-600 hybrids none had reflectors/dork disc in the pics.

I saw an aero carbon felt bike on the back of a wrangler by my house that had a dork disc and like 9 inch long reflectors on the wheels.

(I do still have my reflectors)
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Old 11-12-14, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Rider_1 View Post
Because bicycles shown without pedals are usually of the level that it is assumed that the rider is serious enough that they will be using a clipless system. Seriously. An expensive bike with platforms is like a Ferrari with a trailer hitch!
Some buyers are so serious that all they want is a frameset.
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