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Bike Pedals

Whether chasing Tour de France glory, barreling down a World Cup downhill course, or just spinning to the local coffee shop, bike pedals are the conduit that helps transform your pedaling power into forward momentum down (or up) the road or trail. And while the uninitiated might think a pedal is a pedal is a pedal, there are actually many different varieties and performance characteristics to consider when choosing bike pedals. Here’s a breakdown of the most common types and what to look for.

Platform pedals: Also known as flat pedals, these are the simplest bike pedals because there is no clip-in mechanism. Instead there’s a large platform (thus the name) where you simply place your shoe and push down. You’ll find basic plastic-body platform pedals on most inexpensive big box bikes, and they are the norm for many city and cruiser bikes, allowing you to ride in just about any type of footwear.

Downhill and enduro mountain bikers also often opt for platform pedals, preferring to be able to rapidly remove their foot from the pedal without having to disengage a cleat. But unlike less expensive platform pedals you find on city bikes, these gravity-oriented flat pedals (as they’re most commonly called) are usually made of durable plastic or metal, and have small, sometimes adjustable pins that help the sole of the rider’s shoe maintain grip and not slide around.

Road Pedals: Also sometimes called road clipless pedals, this style of bike pedals provide efficient energy transfer because the pedal is attached to the sole of your shoe via a shoe-mounted cleat that literally clips into the pedal, meaning energy is transferred both on the downstroke and upstroke of the pedaling motion. The word “clipless” is reference to the bygone era of road cycling when toe clips and straps were used to secure the rider’s foot to the pedal. But in the mid-1980s as riders moved away from this style in favor of modern road pedals, they no longer needed the toe clips, thus clipless.

Most road pedals (except for Speedplay) are single sided, and the main considerations are weight, level of engagement, and amount of float, which is a reference to how much side-to-side angular rotation a pedal allows. Most road pedals have adjustable engagement tension via a screw on the pedal body, and some road pedals offer different cleats that provide more or less float. Finally, know that the majority of road pedals come with cleats that attach to the sole of your shoe via three screws, and that these cleats are pedal specific. So for example you can’t use Shimano cleats with Look pedals.

Mountain Bike Pedals: Also known as mountain bike clipless pedals, this style of bike pedals also relies on a clip-in mechanism where a shoe-mounted cleat clips into the pedal, allowing for efficient energy transfer. This style of pedal can be found on all types of mountain bikes (from cross-country to enduro to downhill) and is dual-sided making it easier to get clipped into your pedals during technical or high-speed riding situations.

Mountain bike pedals usually have adjustable engagement tension, and are most often differentiated by weight and platform size, with more cross-country oriented options such as the lighter weight Crankbrothers Eggbeater having a very minimalist platform, while the beefier gravity-focused Shimano Saint has a much larger platform. Like road pedals, mountain bike pedals typically come with pedal-specific cleats. However, there is more cleat-pedal cross compatibility with mountain bike pedals due to the wide adoption of Shimano’s SPD style cleat-pedal interface. That means, for example, that Shimano-branded SPD cleats will work with most HT, iSSi, and Ritchie mountain bike pedals among others.

If you have any questions about bike pedals, don’t hesitate to call a JensonUSA Gear Advisors a call at 888-880-3811. They who can help assure you get the right ones for you and your bike.