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ritchey comp xc clipless pedal The Ritchey Comp
XC Pedal receives trickle-down technology from Ritchey's world-beating Paradigm Pedal to create a high performance clipless pedal that's friendly on your wallet. New engagement system provides best-in-class entry and release and excellent ...
Shimano PD-M520 SPD Bike Pedals An incredible value
in an offroad clipless pedal from Shimano! The M520 pedal features adjustable in/out release tension and includes a set of SH51 SPD cleats with 4 degrees of float. While they only weigh ...
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the line XTR racing pedals, the M540 offers a similar sculpted body and minimalist axle design. The open body sheds mud easily and yields easy cleat entry and exit in all types ...
Arguably the most important direct connection between rider and bike, road pedals help transmit your energy into the drivetrain where it is converted to propulsion down — or up — the road.
The vast majority of modern road pedals are clipless, meaning instead of using toe clips and straps, your shoe is secured to the pedal via a binding mechanism where a cleat affixed to the sole of your shoe clips into the pedal not unlike how an alpine ski boot interfaces with a ski binding. And in fact the first widely used clipless road pedals were made by the French company Look, which had previously manufactured skiing bindings. Today, Look remains one of the most popular road pedals brands, along with the likes of Shimano, Speedplay, and Time.
The beauty of clipless road pedals is that because your cycling shoe is literally clipped into the pedal, rider energy is efficiently transmitted during the downstroke and upstroke. When it’s time to unclip and put a foot down, simply twist your heel and the cleat will disengage from the pedal.
Most road pedals (except for Speedplay) are single sided, which helps keep weight low. Some higher end pedals also incorporate carbon fiber or titanium to help further reduce weight. Other key considerations when choosing road pedals include amount of float, which is the degree of side-to-side angular rotation a pedal allows. This can sometimes be adjusted via choosing from various cleat options that increase or lessen float. Level of engagement is another key factor to consider, as some road pedals hold the cleat more firmly than others, while some also have adjustable tension via a screw on the pedal body.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that most road pedals come with cleats, but that all road pedals cleats do not work with all road pedals. For example you can’t use Look cleats with Shimano road pedals. So make sure to check this when looking for new pedals or cleats.
If you have any questions about road pedals, or are simply looking for advice as to which brand and model best suits your needs, feel free to call one of our JensonUSA Gear Advisors a call at 888-880-3811. They can help steer you in the right direction.