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Flat Pedal Recommendations Please

Old 09-01-23, 03:33 PM
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Flat Pedal Recommendations Please

A friend gifted me an older model Bianchi Giro and I need a set of flat pedals for it.

I checked online and there are zillions of choices, many of course stating for MTB.

Are there some obvious choices I should consider or is any, good, named brand pedal as good as the others?

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Crank Bros seems like the popular choice these days. Their lil spikes offer good grip.
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You can pretty much set a budget and choose a brand-name model. Wellgo, Crank Bros, DMR, Race Face, VP ... I've forgotten the many brands with good reps.

One distinguishing factor is the length and width of the various models, and width was paramount for me. I wanted something fairly light, long, wide, with sealed bearings, and under $60 when I bought mine 6 or 7 years ago. I settled on DMR V12s, which have been trouble-free for about 8,000 miles.

I obsessed over the choice. In retrospect that was wasted effort. My reco is to decide what the distinguishing factors are for you and your budget and pick the first one you come across that meets your requirements.
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Race Face Chester pedals are worth a look. Made in USA, good reputation, good quality.
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I'm a big fan of my MKS x Sylvan Gordito pedals. Like their classic touring pedals, but a bigger surface.
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What can vary widely is the width of the pedal and this is important for most riders. Crank Brothers that was mentioned has some of the widest pedals available. These pedals are designed for use with mountain bike type shoes that have a very firm sole, like the ones from Five Ten. Not the best choice if using running shoes or sneakers.
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I've been using $50 or $60 Vsixty pedals for 60,000 miles. What's better about these is the pegs screw in from the bottom and do NOT twist out.
They have 1 sealed bearing on the inside and a bushing on the other. I lube them once or twice a year.
They all have a good solid alu body.
Beware of cheap pedals, they may have MORONIC 1/16" loose bearings that can NEVER be adjusted to spin properly.

Damn ads don't show you what bearings are in there.
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I run the Shimano M324 pedals on my classic bike, they kind of fit that vintage look/feel and one side is a platform while the other accepts SPD. I typically ride with SPD shoes, but it gives me the option to jump on it for a quick grocery/errand run with sneakers.
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My folding bike has platform only pedals, MKS brand. They work fine but I do not have tens of thousands of miles of experience on them.

I usually use SPD pedals and cleats for most of my distance riding, whether that is randonneuring or bike touring. For touring, I also like a platform side so I can ride with normal shoes too.

I like both the M324 pedals cited above (although they are heavy) and A530 pedals (lighter) that I think are now discontinued, both of which are Shimano. Shimano has made a model similar to the A530 to replace it, I do not recall the model number.

If you get Shimano pedals, if you get a Shimano model that can be worked on with the Shimano tool TL-PD40 (only a few bucks), you can add grease to the pedals later when they need it. There are several youtube videos on how to use that tool. Every few years I add grease to the A530 pedals that I have on several bikes. That tool does not work on the M324 pedals.
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Lots of flat pedals out there, most have removeable pins which is always good so you have the option.

I don't think there is any best flat pedal, there maybe some bad ones, but I have a feeling there are mostly good ones on the market. Most of the money you would spend is for subtracting weight.

On my touring bike I decided to go with Bontrager Line Elite MTB Platform Pedals, they weigh 350 grams, made of nylon, and cost only $52.

However there are cheaper ones like the Race Face Chester pedal, around $40, only weighs 10 grams more than my Bontragers, 10 grams is nothing.

I saw the RockBros pedals at another bike shop in town when I was looking for mine, and they have a smaller platform than the Bontrager, but they are cheap at just $30, but I wanted the largest platform pedal I could find, those are about 15 grams heavier than the Bonts, but again not a big deal.

There are some flat pedals that are dual sided but they will cost at least twice as much as non-dual sided. Shimano EH500 is a great example, these pedals are excellent for the money, and they simply work great, though they cost $80, not bad.

I had a dual sided pedal on my touring bike and decided I didn't like it, but that was because I had to keep flipping the pedal to get the side I wanted, plus it wasn't as wide as I found out I needed sometime later.

Everyone is listing very good pedals, just research all of them and find one you think you'll like best.
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The Xpedo Spry pedals are excellent--light (276g/pair), narrow profile, good platform, durable, and not terribly expensive compared to other flat pedals of similar quality. I use them on several touring/long distance road bikes with good results, and I'm just as happy with them on my mountain bike or on a commuter. YMMV, but they're the best option I've yet to find.
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