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This question is bugging me for a very long time. Look at the picture below. MTB Pedals

Notice the area I have denoted with red circles. What is that? Does it represent something? Maybe something like position! If it represents position, which one is the right one? Should I pedal with that part in front or back? Why is that part on only side and not the other?

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Definitely for "rat trap" pedal straps. –  ACMEexp Jun 28 '11 at 0:59
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That's for mounting straps on the pedal. Here's a picture of a pedal with the straps on it:

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Which side of the pedal should you use? On some pedals, one side has an axis that protrudes a bit, and the other side is flat; the latter is the one you should use. However, if both sides of the pedal are flat, feel free to use either side of the pedal.

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Oh..... Now I get it.... –  Starx Jun 27 '11 at 4:38
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Those things would be death on a proper MTB trail. –  ldog Jun 29 '11 at 23:26
    
You know, people keep saying these things are dangerous, but I've not had a fall once. Of course, I don't tighten them all the way! (Clipless pedals seem insanely dangerous to me, IMO, but to each their own!) –  Neil Fein Jun 30 '11 at 1:57
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