The things you push your feet against to make the bike go. Pedaling technique, and other stuff related to pedals. Clips and clipless pedals.

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Slipping when pedalling

I have a repair question. I am experiencing some slipping when I pedal, once-per rotation, however, it is not the normal chain/gear skipping that I have read about most of the time. The bike is an old ...
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How to maintain platform pedal bearings?

I have a pair of Redline platform pedals with plastic end caps and I notice one of them does not turn freely. They look about like this: ...
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Left pedal coming loose

On my bike, which I just built out of spare parts, the left pedal seems to constantly be coming loose. It seems to come out about 5m every time I ride ~10km. It's an old cotter pin crank, and the ...
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Uncomfortable SPD pedals

I have just started using the SPD system. Having ridden without for years, it's proving to be a challenge and sometimes uncomfortable. A challenge, because the stop/start through traffic is a hassle ...
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Broken pedal on an old french bike

I broke the pedal of an old french bike (Peugeut Mixte 70's). The threading doesn't fit the one in modern pedals. Now I am wondering if I should insist in finding an old french pedal or if I should ...
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How to nail clipping into race pedals without looking?

I was persuaded to switch to race SPD-SL pedals after losing the old MTB pedals to theft (along with the bike!). They're one-sided, though, unlike the MTB pedals, and I find that coming off of a red ...
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How to set up bike so that back-pedalling stops the rear wheel?

My first bike was a 1976 Raleigh Strika. It was brilliant and was distinguished by having only a front brake lever. To get the rear wheel to stop one simply back-pedalled. This was a v. efficient way ...
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How long should pedals last?

I use cheap flat pedals, aluminum or plastic. They lasts about a year (1K-2K kms) before dying (cracking noises at each stroke). I don't mind paying US$10 each year, but it hurts my eco-heart: I want ...
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How to reassemble spring assembly on Shimano M520 SPD pedals

I have a pair of shimano m520 pedals which were damaged in an accident. The springs rotated past the tension bolt and now the back section, usually under tension, now hangs free. How can I ...
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Speedplay Zero Engagement Force

I just bought a pair of Speedplay pedals and was trying to set them up today. Once I got the cleats on with the included shims, I tried to clip in and had to use an absurd amount of force to get into ...
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Removing surface rust from my Eggbeater pedals?

So I did a couple of wet rides last month, and I guess I didn't dry the pedals as well as I should have. I have Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals, and I noticed a bit of surface rust on them that I'd ...
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Clipless Pedal - Flat Attachment

I have some clipless pedals I salvaged (part of a crankset) and installed on my bike. It's the winter right now and I don't really want to be clipped in. I don't want to replace the pedals either - ...
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How to select gearing for descent?

For riding on level surface one should strive for high cadence. However, what is the best solution when descending over rough terrain? On one hand, because the legs are better suspension when the ...
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I'm a bit confused on bike shoe terminology. Particularly regarding Look KEO Plus Pedals - what is required to use them?

I'm a bit confused on terminology. Clipless pedals are the clip-in style pedals. Correct? Then the cleat are the shoes you wear? Or are cleats just bottom attachments for any cycling shoe? A used ...
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Shimano PF-M545 pedals Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes how to fit the cleats

I just bought Shimano PD-M545 pedals and Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes (links below) Shimano M545 Free Ride Pedals Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes I did do some research and "think" I got the ...
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I want to weld or braze the pedal to the crank arm, but what metals are they?

I ruined the threading in my crank arm, and would like to weld or braze it back on, instead of buying a new crank set. It is a cheap old bike, so the result does not have to be perfect, but it should ...
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How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?

I've just got a new set of crank brothers egg beater pedals and I can't tell which pedal is for the left side, and which is for the right just from looking at them. Is there an obvious way to tell ...
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Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?

I do understand that this question been asked million times, and million people have million different opinions and it's all down to personal preferences, yet I am struggling and need to find a ...
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Bicycle is harder to pedal when standing

From a few days now, when trying to pedal standing, my pedals become very rigid and it sounds like if the brakes are dragging. If I sit down again, the noise goes away and it's easy to pedal again. In ...
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Compatibility Look-Keo/Look/SPD-Sl Plates & Pedals

i got some old Look Road Pedals (see picture). Now i found plenty of Cleats for cheap, but they all are for either Look Keo, Delta or SPD-Sl. Are those compatible? Did anything change from the old ...
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Pedal float & release

Am I correct is saying that for all major pedal systems (SPD, SPD-SL, Look, Speedplay, CB Eggbeaters) that if a pedal has more float, then it will take more rotation to release your foot from the ...
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Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?

I use the same bike for commuting, fast lunch-time rides, and not-very-fast weekend touring. I recently switched from flat pedals to clipless (Shimano PD-M520) but am finding them impractical on my ...
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Can I pedal my bicycle backwards to move it backwards?

Is there any changes I could do to my cycle so that I can make it move backwards?Just a question out of eagerness.
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What pedals should I upgrade to for racing on the road and possibly track?

I currently have SPD pedals on all of my bikes. I've stuck with them so far as they worked relatively well and I couldn't justify having two types of shoes. I can justify two types of shoes now. ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a ...
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How can I adapt my pedals to account for a difference in leg length?

I have a leg length difference of as much as 1cm due to a non-biking accident. Adding padding to my shoe doesn't help. A friend recommended that I get pedal stacks (and a longer bolt) to my SPD-style ...
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Which footwear is the safest for summer cycling?

This morning I could not find my training shoes. So, I used my sandals. I found that the sandals not only kept my feet cool but there was no pedal slippage as I had expected. The more I think about ...
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How exactly are pedals attached to crank arms?

Recently I tried to unscrew the left pedal of a bicycle by turning it counter-clockwise with a spanner lengthened with a piece of pipe. The net result is the spanner broke apart and the pedal is still ...
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Do clipless pedals that can have toeclips exist?

I know there are several clipless that can also be used as platform pedals. But i'm looking for something that can also have a toeclip. I'm dreaming with something like those: PLUS this half toe ...
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Bicycle shoes for road cycling [duplicate]

I mostly used conventional sneakers for cycling and never wore bicycle shoes in my life. At this moment of my life I decided to level up a bit. I've built myself a road bike and now I'm looking into ...
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Are fixed or floating SPD-SL cleats most suitable for a long commute?

After much procrastination, I've finally jumped in and bought myself a road bike, under the cycle2work scheme we have here in the UK. I opted for a Boardman Road Race, as it seems to be the most ...
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What causes the threads on bike pedals to become stripped?

Is there something I can do to prevent my bike pedals from wearing out? And what causes the threads on a bike pedal to wear out? I have a 4 year old Raleigh road bike with just regular open pedals. ...
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Pedal snaps at every rotation

I have a bicycle that after a some amount of use (at least 3000 kilometres since I bought it from someone else) began having some problem on one of its pedals. Basically at every single rotation, ...
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Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?

I have a road bike that use Shimano 105 PD-5800 SPD-SL pedals and they are wonderful when exercising. However I would like to be able to use the bike with regular shoes for more casual use of the ...
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Replace SPD pedals for road pedals… which system to choose?

I ride mostly two bikes: one for commuting/touring, one for training (and soon racing). I ride SPD on the commuter and installed SPDs on the racing bike that I bought a bit later so I did not have to ...
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When I pedal the rear wheel is not turning

I have a very old bike. It used to work perfectly, but just recently it happened that when I pedal the rear wheel is not turning. Just for notice I pedal in the correct direction, brakes are not ...
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How to properly adjust Look Keo pedals

What is the best way to adjust the Look Keo pedals (mine are standard edition) so as to provide good grip, but with minimal wear on the cleats themselves? I use RED Keos. Thanks
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Recommendation for lightweight pedals for use with SPD or without [closed]

Are there any nice looking and lightweight pedals meant to be used with or without SPD shoes? Would be nice to be able to ride even without my special shoes, but not if such pedals look bulky and ...
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Which Crank Brothers cleat do I need?

I ride these pedals: which came with these cleats: Now I see that Crank Brothers are selling their "Premium" cleat: I'm ready to replace my cleats. Is the premium cleat compatible with my ...
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How to destroy a LOOK pedal as it won't come off anyway

I've tried everything, from brute force, WD40 overnight, heat from a gas torch (trying not to damage the carbon crank itself), to using an extended arm for extra force. Nothing will remove this darn ...
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How do you install a bicycle pedal without a wrench?

My bicycle pedal fell off today while riding to work. I don't have a wrench at work. How can I install the pedal again so I can safely ride home?
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Bike Pedal Falling Off

While riding her bike my daughter's pedal came off. It appears to be stripped. This has happened to her with a total of three bikes. What could be causing this to happen?
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Can pedals not fit the crankset?

I just ordered and received my bike with FSA Tempo CK-200 crankset and Shimano Saint MX80 pedals (really good deal). Just received and it seems that they do not fit with crankset! The spindle on ...
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Unlock cleat from clipless pedal

I bought this week my first clipless pedals (Shimano A530) as well as some shoes to go with it. After installing one cleat on one shoe, I "locked" the shoe on the pedal, but I do not manage to ...
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Lightweight foldable shoes for road cycling

I want to be able to use SPD-SL cleats and still be able to access pubs/cafe's normally. I'm really thinking of something that could be taken on a 75km club run and with that kind of distance I think ...
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How do I remove a pedal from a crank with a crossed thread?

I've part stripped, and ultimately crossed the thread on my crank and can't remove my pedal now. This was done whilst riding and then trying to remove the pedal from the damaged crank. I figure the ...
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shimano M545 left pedal cap unit bolt fallen off during use

I recently (2 months ago) bought my first set of clipless pedals (first pedals I have ever bought, just used default ones before). Shimano M545. All was well till this morning when I noticed that ...
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What type of shoes should I get with regular pedals

I have never been more than a casual rider, maybe 5 miles at a time. I signed up for a 500 mile multi-day bike event that i need to train for and was thinking about getting real bike shoes due to more ...
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What's this noise? Is it from my crank?

I have recently been riding bmx, racing to be more specific. I ride around my neighborhood a lot when im not at the track and have noticed this loud clanking noise. I didn't know where it was coming ...
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Creaking From Bottom Bracket [duplicate]

I'm not too familiar with the correct terminology for bike parts so please bear with me. I recently bought a mountain bike and have started to notice a loud creaking sound coming from the ...