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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How can I improve my pedal stroke?

I know a part of biking endurance and speed come from having a perfect pedal stroke. What should I do to improve my pedal stroke?
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How to fix precession in pedal axle?

The axle on my bike that supports the pedals appears to have loosened, so that there is precession in it - I can slightly jiggle the pedals back and forth in a perpendicular direction to the axis. ...
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How can I stop my toes from going numb on long rides?

I've begun trying to commute to work, which is a 70+ minute ride each way for me. I find that after about 30 minutes of riding, my toes in both feet begin to go numb. It's not a cold thing, because ...
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Feet slip off flat/cleat hybrid pedals when it's wet

I have those hybrid pedals that allow for both clipping in with cleats, and riding on flat pedals with ordinary shoes. As I use my bike for cycling around the city, I mostly use the flats. What ...
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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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Loose pedals on Norco MTB

Just replaced my pedals on a very old Norco MTB. I noticed while working on it that the whole peddle structure is wiggling from side to side is this normal ? I took the plastic caps off the base to ...
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Why are some bikes sold without pedals?

At the risk of sounding like a bumpkin, why do I see some bikes sold without pedals or at least pictured without pedals? Is there some kind of benefit to buying pedals separately? Do some people take ...
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Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?

Have there been done any scientific studies that proves that clipless pedals actually improve pedaling efficiency etc. over flat pedals? Clipless pedal enthusiasts are quick to say that you must use ...
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Pedals feel like they are too far back

I bought a cheap bike to ride around the driveway/neighborhood with my kids. It feels like the pedals are right underneath my butt rather than just in front. Makes for not so comfortable position. ...
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How much of a difference do Toe Pedal Clips make in comparison to Platform Pedals?

I am a novice cyclist, using my bike to travel to work with a round trip of about 15 miles in moderate to heavy traffic. I have been thinking about upgrading my bikes platform pedals to a set of ...
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Why are foot-long pedals not widely used?

A lot of effort and resources go into making cycling shoes stiff, presumably to keep the foot in a suitable shape and spread the force across the sole. It seems like it would be possible to achieve a ...
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Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?

When I pedal forcing a little with my right leg, the bike makes a noise that I don't know how to describe. I'll try to do it. It's like: a short "ting" a tiny bell if a small rock hits the down tube ...
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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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Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?

I've been riding road bikes for a couple of years, but with mountain bike pedals, I've been thinking about switching over to a road bike pedal, but what's the reason? Is the performance improved or is ...
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When and how tight should you adjust your clipless pedals?

I'm new to clipless pedals. I got some Shimano ones, with Specialized MTB shoes. They are an SPD clipless pedal, and the shop adjusted them as loose as they go to unclip from them. My questions are: ...
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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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Do road bike shoes offer an increase in power transfer over mtb shoes if the sole is a similar stiffness?

Is there an argument against the use of road shoes if your were planning on time trialling and criterium races?
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What is the benefit of Shimano Click'R technology?

Im looking into making the switch from platforms to clip-less and just saw SPD pedals with "Click'R" technology ( Example ) Im not sure if its worth the extra money to buy that opposed to SPD pedals ...
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Have Ritchey Logic cleats changed in 15 years?

I ride very old Ritchey Logic pedals (model year ~1998), with original cleats (look like the red ones below): Since those have long been out of stock, I'd like to buy newer ones, the Logic V4 Comp, ...
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Removing a stuck pedal

I'm sure this question must have already been answered somewhere here, but it doesn't show up in any search results I make... I'm changing the pedals on a 40 year old bike. Pretty sure the pedals are ...
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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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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 to get my feet out of SPD pedals?

I just bought some SPD shoes and pedals last night and I was trying them out (on one foot) while balancing in my living room. I ended up falling over because I couldn't get unclipped. What suggestions ...
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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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Is this a clipless pedal?

I have bough a 2nd handed road bike recently. The seller said that the pedal could work as both platform pedal and clipless pedal. Is it true? If yes, which system of clipless shoes can it work with? ...
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Pedals hits the ground too often while turning at relatively high speed

I’ve been riding for 40+ years of which the last 25 I’ve ridden Specialized. Around April last year I decided to replace my old bike with a brand new Sirrus Sport, on an XL frame. While I love the ...
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Is reverse pedaling good for smooth gear change?

I am newbie for cycling. When I change my gears, some lock sounds are coming from the chain. But if I do reverse pedaling while switching gears. No sound form chain, but gear switched to the right ...
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Which dual-platform clipless pedals allow for the least amount of movement between the pedal and sneaker [closed]

I am trying to decide between the A530 or PD-M324. I am interested in hearing from folks who have used both. Weight isn't the most important factor in my decision, so I would go with whichever model ...
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Restoring a 16"

This here is my 16" bike which I'm going to at least try restore. I've put some wider bars on it, fixed loose things etc. My friend removed the pedal back but I don't think he has put it back ...
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Slotted cleats for SPD shoes

Does anyone make a cleat, or an adapter that would accommodate a cleat, that has a slot for use with old style caged pedals that use toeclips & straps, that fits 2-bolt SPD style cycling shoes?
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Difference between road pedals and MTB pedals

I am interested in buying some pedals I can clip into for my bike. I currently ride a mountain bike/hybrid but I ma looking to get a road bike next year some time. What are the differences between ...
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Shimano PD-6800 vs PD-9000 pedals

Other than a 12g saving in weight and the Dura Ace label, are there any further potential reasons to prefer Shimano PD-9000 pedals over PD-6800? Edit: This question is specifically about pedals ...
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Mavic - TIME ATAC pedals compatibility

I'm using from a long time TIME pedals (ATAC). I saw that Mavic now is making pedals that looks like Time's. Do you know if they are compatible? Can I use cleats from Time (already on my shoes :) ...
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Is there a guide available for determining pedal/cleat combinations?

I bought a Kona Coiler mountain bike at an estate sale, and the sellers didn't have any information about the pedals on it. I'm looking to buy some shoes and cleats, but I'm not sure what to buy ...
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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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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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Flat pedal road bike shoes

I have road shoes but would like to also get a pair of shoes for flat pedals that still look like road shoes but have grip for the flat pedals etc.. Can anyone please suggest anything, thanks :)
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Is it important to have a road bike shoes and pedals or it won't make a difference?

I bought a Giant TCR Composite road bike yesterday and since it comes without a pedals i bought a MTB clipless pedals but i don't feel comfortable with this pedals, so should i buy a road bike ...
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Crank threads stripped - both pedals fell off

Something really strange happened to me - 2 years ago I bought a bike (Carrera Gryphon Hybrid from Halfords). I had just about 100 miles on that bike the month I bought it and than I locked it to a ...
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Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?

I'm new to clip less riding. I just purchased and installed Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals for my bike. I also got Shimano R064 SPD SL Road Shoes. I have been practising clipping in and out indoors ...
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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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My bike Crank is making noise like Tuk, Tuk… once or twice when I pedal hard

I get a sound from my crank as if something were about to break to pieces when I stand and pedal hard.
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Pedal arm inside pedal screw hole stripped

I'm attempting to reassemble my bicycle after it was shipped across the US. All is well; except one pedal cannot be screwed back in and it's because the inside of the pedal arm screw hole is stripped ...
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Changing '75 international to clip in pedals and shoes

I have developed foot issues because my stiff insoles don't do me much good on the bike, especially if I stand to go up hills. So I think I need to switch to clip ins with good stiff shoes (Bont ...
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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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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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Need to know the wrench size for 10.9 screw

My pedal just unscrew. It has a hexagon-headed screw with '10.9' screw label. Anybody knows what size of wrench I need for this screw?
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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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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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Pedal bearings (friction and spinning)

My wife recently upgraded her pedals to LOOK carbon and we were very nicely walked through all the different types of pedals from $100-$400. I was amazed to see how hard it was to spin the cheap ...