Bike Pedals - Time for a Change - Reasonably Priced Recommendations?

My bike pedals are ANCIENT - with aluminium frame and straps for the toe holds - positively dangerous when you want to take off fast.

Time for a change. I am overwhelmed by the variety of pedals, but have read cycling shoes are more efficient.

Can I have some suggestions for reasonable cost (Avg $150), brand and suppliers.

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Comment by Duncan on May 30, 2009 at 8:43pm
shimano (mountain-bike) SPDs are one of the cheapest and most widely-available ways to get into clipless pedals.

They work fine for my commuting.. though I can't say I've tried other types, I have lusted after some crank-bros eggbeaters (but I think that's the engineer in me loving their simplicity)
Comment by Freewheelin' Franklin on May 30, 2009 at 10:04pm
I've been using eaggbeaters and candy's for 3 or 4 years they are great, but the cleats wear out quickly, need replacing every 6 months or so. but for ease of entry & exit the're great, never pull out under power (unless the cleats are worn). work in mud if you're into that kind of thing.

A lot of my mates use time atac's swear by them for the same reasons pretty much
Comment by naomi on May 30, 2009 at 11:54pm
Also try online shops - I got mine from Pro Bike Kit.
Comment by Nick on May 31, 2009 at 12:31am
if you want commuting pedals go for the shimano mt-324 (these are one type of SPD pedal as mentioned above). You can get them online between $50 and $100 (try cellbikes for instance) They have a clip on one side, and a normal pedal surface on the other side so you have the flexibility to wear clip-in shoes or normal shoes. They are also silver and look nice.

If you are wanting serious performance pedals i highly recommend look keo pedals (the whole range is good). Can get them online from about $70 to $400 depending on model.
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on May 31, 2009 at 9:54am
My whole family use Crank Brothers only. They are by far the easiest to get out of - almost like having no cleats on! However, the egg-beater model has no frame around your foot and we found they put a bit too much pressure on that one part of the foot so we all use the various other models. There is a specific "road bike" pedal, Candy's and Malletts. With all of them, there are four possible clip-in points - so they are quicker to get into as well as get out of.

I have some used egg-beaters here in the workshop you can have for an extremely modest fee if you want to try them. You would need to buy the cleats though.
Comment by Melody Braithwaite on May 31, 2009 at 6:34pm
Thanks everyone - this is valuable and supportive information - I see I have some research to do, acronyms to decypher, and some pedals to hold in my hand . I have a horror of a shoe stuck in a clett. Decades ago, on this same bike I was riding past Harold Park and had to stop on an incline in heavy traffic just before the Bridge Road intersection at Forest Lodge. There was a low traffic barrier, just the right height to rest my left foot against , except I wasn't paying attention and missed. The law of gravity dictated that my left lean continue, so with my right foot stuck in the pedal strap - I attached to the bike catapulted clear over the rail, and tumbled - me -bike - me -bike down the stepp incline of a (thankfully) grassy traffic island right to the bottom - much to the amusement of several truck drivers - the only ones high enough to see me land- and giving me a honk when satisfied that I was OK - as I disengaged myself from the mess - and give them as non-chalant a wave - (defying that I don't hurt like hell and my dignity was in tatters).
Comment by Freewheelin' Franklin on May 31, 2009 at 9:10pm
Yogi makes a good point about the cheap crank bros. I destroyed a pair of smarties inside 6 months. I find the bushes wear out pretty quickly. With the higher end ones like the candys I use now, its easy to replace the guts of the pedals. Still havent managed to fork out for a set of triple Ti's though... ridiculous
Comment by RobK on May 31, 2009 at 11:36pm
I'll give another vote to the Shimmano mt-324's. When approaching intersections, riding in heavy traffic where I may need to stop suddenly, or on rough/sandy unsealed roads, I often ride with one foot unclipped. It's a quick action to flip the pedal over to either the clipped or unclipped side. I guess it depends on the type of riding you do and how quickly you can unclip when needed. I tried the cheaper BBB equivalent, but couldn't adjust them to clip/unclip reliably, so went back to the Shimmanos.
Comment by Dabba on June 1, 2009 at 9:49am
I've got a set of Shimano MTB pedals that I bought about 18 years ago and done probably around 80,000ks. I've not needed to pull them to pieces for any maintenance, I just hit the spring with a bit of grease every now and then. You get what you pay for!

I've used them for both commuting and touring without any drama, so when I got my new carbon road bike last year, I got another set of Shimano MTB pedals for it too. They have the added advantage that you can walk sensibly in their shoes in most places.
Comment by Melody Braithwaite on June 1, 2009 at 10:41am
Agree Reliability is EVERYTHING - my life is "on the road" here. I always buy the best tyres for my car - as their contact with the road, is what will ultimately get me out of a tricky situation.

Also on reliability , an enduring childhood memory is of my sisters and I pushing my Mother's car up the drive EVERY MORNING so she could clutch start it down our driveway. It often took several goes and worse in the dead of winter. My car purchase decisions since that time were based on reliability! Similarly in my handgliding days, that pre-flight check of all equipment was so important!


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