The best type of pedal will depend on the individual and what kind of riding you do. Bike pedals can generally be broken down into four categories. Here’s an idea of your options….
- These can attach to any bike
- Can be used with any footwear
- Suitable for beginners because they allow you to quickly place your foot on the ground if needed
- Ideal for BMX riders given the sport encourages you to take your feet on and off the bike to perform trick
- This is the best way of securing your feet to the bike
- Clicking into the bike allows you to pull up as well as push down through your pedal stroke. The result of this extra control is that you can produce more power through each pedal rotation, making you fast and more efficient
- Mountain bike click-in pedals come in two styles:
- 1/ The first style is similar to road bike pedals in that the pedal consists of the clip device only
- 2/ The other style of mountain bike pedals comse with a base around the clip, this means that the pedals can be used as both a platform pedal and click-in pedal, offering the convenience of platform pedals and the performance of click in pedal.
- Road/Racer click-in pedals are small as they consist of the clip device only. Bike shoes are required with these pedals, which have cleats that attach (similar to snow skis)
- Click-in pedals can be intimidating to people who have never used them before
- However, the advantages of using click in pedals make it worthwhile overcoming any concerns. Once you have used click in pedals for a period of time, then clicking in and out of them becomes second nature
- Highly recommended if you are riding a Road/Racer or regularly
- The main advantage of using toe-clip pedals is that they help you to locate your foot in to the correct position on the pedal, which is placing the ball of your foot over the centre of the pedal
- They are however, quickly becoming old fashion. Prior to click-in pedals, toe-clip pedals were the best way of securing your feet to the bike
- They nonetheless remain a cheap way of securing your feet to the bike given they can be used with any shoe and can be attached to most platform pedals
Why Pay More?
There is a large number of pedal manufactures, all of which have their own pedal and cleat designs. All of these designs work on similar principles and the choice normally comes down to personal preference. Spending more on your pedals will provide you with three main advantages:
1/ Better pedals will be lighter
2/ The will have a smoother action and superior entry and release
3/ They are usually more adjustable in terms of entry and release tensions.