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Old 06-18-16, 09:47 PM
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Flat pedals for touring

I am after new new set of pedals for touring, flat on both sides, low maintenance, long lasting. Does any one have any recomendations?
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Old 06-18-16, 10:22 PM
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Any with spikes in them seem to work for me. Cheap is good. If they break buy some more.
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Old 06-18-16, 11:01 PM
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I use two makes on several bikes. First is Nashbar land cruiser pedals. No longer sold, but these things are excellent. Big and wide, and I have 5 pair. Each is 5000 or more miles and I have never lubricated them, yet they still spin freely.

This version looks similar and has similar specifications:

Nashbar Verge platforms: Nashbar Verge Platform Pedals

The other make I have are Xedpo MX-force 3, also similar to the Nasbars: Xpedo MX-Force 3 Magnesium Platform Pedal in Tree Fort Bikes Pedals
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Old 06-18-16, 11:07 PM
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For flat pedals, I like the MKS line.
MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals: 9/16" Toe Clip Compatible Alloy in Tree Fort Bikes Pedals




MKS Lambda Platform Pedals in Tree Fort Bikes Pedals
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Old 06-19-16, 05:34 AM
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My "tours" (mostly overnight trips within 100 miles these days) usually include a lot of stop and go, so platform pedals are really ideal for me. If you plan on doing many long stretches without stopping, you might miss having at least toe clips ("cages") to keep your feet firmly planted on the pedals.

In any event, my pedals are cheap Odyssey Twisted PC's, for which I paid $17 at my local bike shop. They've got molded plastic pins to grip my sneakers, so slipping off is never a problem. However, some people prefer platform pedals with metal pins, which don't wear down so fast and can (theoretically) be replaced if they do. I don't really see why you need anything more than these, but I am notorious around these forums for being anti-fancy gear.

Here's a link. https://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Black.../dp/B00132G148
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I am largely in agreement with @PapaTom, though I use the slightly more expensive Black Ops Nylo Form pedals. These come in a version with removable/changeable pins, too. For the fancy shoes that I wear (sneakers), the Nylo Form pedals work really well.
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Old 06-19-16, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by azza_333 View Post
I am after new new set of pedals for touring, flat on both sides, low maintenance, long lasting. Does any one have any recomendations?
I am also thinking of trying out flat pedals but from a bikepacking perspective (Salsa Mukluk). Based on feedback over at the Bikepacking.net forums I have decided to go with DMR V12 Magnesium pedals.
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Old 06-19-16, 06:45 AM
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These welgo pedals are pretty good and relatively inexpensive, https://www.amazon.com/Wellgo-Magnes.../dp/B00GDF87GU

I like touring in my hiking shoes.
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Old 06-19-16, 07:11 AM
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azza_333, One of my touring bikes has SPD compatible pedals, the other has platforms. I really prefer the clipless pedals, but the platforms are better when there is a lot of stop-and-go sight seeing situations. I have worn sneakers with the clipless pedals, but I could not use flip flops with anything other than the platforms.

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Old 06-19-16, 07:19 AM
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Gotta wear flip flops when it's 80 or 90 F. I like some really old chrome plated ones, that came on an old Nishiki thrift store bike. Some older parts are well worth looking at.
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Old 06-19-16, 09:54 AM
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I'll 2nd the MKS Lambda suggestion - I have them on two of my commuters.
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Preformance Bike ( Forte ) pedals. There around 50 dollars, and last .
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Old 06-19-16, 02:15 PM
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A note about the MKS lambda pedals. I have a pair. They are well made, long, and seem to grip well. However, my feet are wide and one tends toward supination (outward roll while on pedals). I found the MKS lambda to be too narrow for me and would not support my feet to prevent the supination. The other platform pedals I noted above are wider and therefore offer a bit more platform for one's foot.
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Old 06-19-16, 02:25 PM
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It's done.. I have Boxed up bikes* people have ridden all the way across the continent on, and some had flat Pedals.

*Our LBS ships the bikes back for people unwilling to turn around and return, going back the other way.


Ergon pedals require No Maintenance, in fact there is none to do..

Speedplay Drillium pedals have a grease Port in the outside end to lube their Bearings SPEEDPLAY : HIGH PERFORMANCE PEDALS

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Old 06-19-16, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by azza_333 View Post
I am after new new set of pedals for touring, flat on both sides, low maintenance, long lasting. Does any one have any recomendations?

I am using Sun-Ringle zuzu DH/BMX Pedals
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I'm happy with MKS Touring pedals.
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I'm also quite happy with MKS Lamdas. The slight overhang off the side of the pedal doesn't bother me, as I get about as much off the inside edge. I have smaller feet, so, keep that in mind, I guess.
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I like the MKS touring pedals as well, BUT, almost as soon as I installed them, they started the tell tale clicking. I opened them up and there was no lubrication at all on the bearings.

Good pedals, but be sure to grease the bearings on both ends before setting off.
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Originally Posted by dougmon View Post
I am largely in agreement with @PapaTom, though I use the slightly more expensive Black Ops Nylo Form pedals. These come in a version with removable/changeable pins, too. For the fancy shoes that I wear (sneakers), the Nylo Form pedals work really well.
I like the looks of those Black Ops, especially the size and shape of the nubs. There seem to be so many good platform pedals out there at such varying prices.
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Another vote for the MKS Sylvan Touring with some added reflectors:

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I like the looks of those Black Ops, especially the size and shape of the nubs. There seem to be so many good platform pedals out there at such varying prices.
The only problem I have with them is that they're so grippy, sometimes it's almost like being clipped in.
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If I wanted a double sided flat pedal I would most certainly go with MKS Lambdas. I know several people who ride them one who has been riding them for many years daily (or nearly daily) and has had zero complaints. They have a nice big platform and great grip. However I prefer clipless pedals myself and probably wouldn't switch anytime soon.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Ergon pedals require No Maintenance, in fact there is none to do..
The Ergon pedals feel really nice, but are powerfully ugly. Grippy like a skateboard deck, not like a meat tenderizer, so less danger of harm to ones shin. Plus, built in reflectors. I have a pair on my commuter rig, and they're great, except I'm just a little vain.
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MKS Esprit MTB pedals.

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Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
My "tours" (mostly overnight trips within 100 miles these days) usually include a lot of stop and go, so platform pedals are really ideal for me. If you plan on doing many long stretches without stopping, you might miss having at least toe clips ("cages") to keep your feet firmly planted on the pedals.

In any event, my pedals are cheap Odyssey Twisted PC's, for which I paid $17 at my local bike shop. They've got molded plastic pins to grip my sneakers, so slipping off is never a problem. However, some people prefer platform pedals with metal pins, which don't wear down so fast and can (theoretically) be replaced if they do. I don't really see why you need anything more than these, but I am notorious around these forums for being anti-fancy gear.

Here's a link. https://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Black.../dp/B00132G148
Ditto to all of this^^. I am completely happy with these and like the look, feel, and price.
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