Road and Mountain Bike Pedals
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This site has been designed to do two things. If you are aiming to buy a particular bike pedal, our listings will show you who stocks it amongst the top cycle shops; if you are trying to work out which sort of pedal you need for your cycling, we also have information on the different types of pedal available and how to go about choosing the best one.
In addition we also have information on fitting, adjusting and maintaining them.
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The development of bike pedals
Not so long ago the idea of choosing a bike pedal would have seemed a bit odd, as most people just used the pedals that came with the bike. However, as with many areas of bicycle design it became apparent that adapting pedals for different cycling disciplines carries many benefits.
The biggest significant development was the invention of the clipless pedal. In itself this is quite a confusing term, because they specifically involve clipping your cycling shoe into the pedal; however the original name came from the fact that the clipless pedal does not have the old-fashioned clip that used to go around the front of your foot to hold it securely on the pedal.
Bike pedals are now available individually designed for whatever type of cycling you are doing, combining physical demands of cycling with personal preferences. Here is a brief list:
This type of bike pedal has its origins in the desire to go faster in a more efficient way. It enables the cyclists to not only push on the downstroke but also to apply power on the upstroke and across the top of the pedalling motion. To some extent this could be achieved with a tight toe clip and strap, but that is not a very consistent or comfortable way of transferring power to the pedals, particularly as leverage is applied to the table area and not the whole foot.
The construction of the clipless pedal is such that it allows what is known as a ‘cleat’ on the bottom of a cycling shoe, to fasten into it. This secures the shoe to the pedal firmly and allows the application of power at any point in the pedalling stroke. The cleat is a small fixture which screws or bolts into the bottom of a cycling shoe and will allow the cyclist to click it into any compatible pedal.
There are several types of clipless pedal arrangement. In terms of cleats, there are those that protrude from the bottom of the cycling shoe and those that are recessed into it. In terms of pedals, there are single sided, double sided and combination versions. The most suitable version for your own cycling use is something that needs to be considered carefully, depending on several factors and we've covered this in a separate section on choosing bike pedals.
All clipless pedals require the use of a cycling specific shoe to which cleats can be attached.
Pedals with clips
These are still very popular and are available in a variety of designs. You can get a basic small plastic toe clip, which just helps make you a bit more secure in the pedal, while at the other end of the range you can get a larger clip which covers the front part of your foot, together with a strap which firmly holds your shoe onto the pedal.
Generally the clip bolts through some holes at the front of the pedal.
With this type of fixing you get a lot more choice of both the pedal itself and the shoes you use for cycling, as long as there is some reasonable strength in the toe area of the shoe, to cope with the pressure from the clip.
There are a wide variety of flat pedals, ranging from a simple rubber surfaced design, to more aggressive metal pedals with spikes to grip onto the bottom of your shoes and other very open structured pedals which are designed to throw off mud and muck easily.
There are also what is known as "platform" pedals, which are longer from front to back, allowing the use of softer shoes while still remaining comfortable.
Bike pedal systems
Different pedal manufacturers have developed their own designs, to suit the various cycling applications, so you will find that for instance Shimano, Look, Speedplay and Time all have clipless systems, but with variations in exactly how they function.