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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Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?

As a newbie rider, I was asked by many experienced riders and bike shop experts if I was using clipless pedals yet? The implication was you are not really a serious rider until you are clipless, sort ...
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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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Noise from crankshaft spindle and then the pedal falls off

In the last 6 months I have been getting really bad noises, creaks, clunks, etc coming from somewhere around the spindle connecting to the crankshaft. Every time I put pressure down on the left hand ...
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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 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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Vibrations in one of the pedals [closed]

I feel vibrations in one of the pedals when I put my weight on it. It feels like the ball bearing is broken or something. Is that possible? How difficult is it to fix the ball bearings on the pedals ...
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Why are my quill pedal cages “wobbling”?

The plates and connectors on my old quill pedals "move around" in relation to the pedal axle itself: In the photo below, I'm pushing the pedals to opposite sides to show how the pedal cage "distorts". ...
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Foot shifting while pedalling

I have been contemplating clipless pedals as the next logical step. So after a bit of research and reading this question and it's answers I find myself a bit unconvinced mainly because nothing covers ...
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Are all folding pedals a bit… bendy?

I have recently acquired a folding bike. One of the most irritating things is the folding pedals, as pictured: Pedal in folded position Pedal in deployed position, ready to ride Close up of ...
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Why do my pedals shake and pop?

I just purchased a cruiser bike online that I had to assemble. When I rode it for the first time, I notice my pedals felt shaky, whether pedaling or coasting, and when I did pedal every few seconds ...
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Why do my pedals move when I move my wheel in both directions? How do I fix it?

Whichever direction I rotate my pedals, the wheel rotates. And when I move the wheel, same thing. How do I fix it? Here is a clip: This is the model: http://www....
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Indoor cyclist keeps popping out of clips

I bought a pair of Shimano indoor cycling shoes with two hole cleats to wear during my spin classes. Unfortunately, during my classes, I snap out of the clips. I know part of it must be my form but ...
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Does an SPD-SL AND SPD compatible pedal/shoe exist?

I am soon going to buy a pair of pedals (and new shoes of course) for my road bike (mostly used for commuting, and short-ish rides (40-50 miles/80Km). Most important to me is being able to walk in my ...
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How to properly thread (textile) pedal straps

Is there a "correct" way to thread (textile) pedal straps for use with toe clips? In the photo above, I threaded the strap in the "opposite" direction to that of how Sheldon Brown threaded leather ...
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What is the safest type of pedal for all-weather city cycling?

I've been commuting by bike for many years on different types of strapless platform pedal and have always been nervous about clip-in pedals. Excluding any accidents caused by getting used to a new ...
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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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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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What are “M14/125” pedals?

While looking for replacement pedals for my old French bike, I've come across products which are labelled as having thread size "M14/125". Does this denote the "traditional French" threading of 14*1....
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How to remove pedal bolt with round, smooth head

I'm trying to take the reflector off of some old French track pedals but can't remove one of the bolts holding the reflector on because the bolt holding the reflector onto the pedal rotates with its ...
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What are the advantages/Disadvantages to clip and clipless pedals? [duplicate]

I`m fairly new to the sport and I see the people in my town half have clips and the other clipless pedals. Is there any advantage to using clipless competitively or recreationally?
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Why are my pedals not in the correct position

Why are my pedals not in the correct position? one is up the other is pointed forward. they should be 1 up and 1 down. Huffy Rock Creek Shimano
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How to install bicycle pedals without a notch on the spindle?

I bought a pair of bicycle pedals that to my surprise had no notches on the pedal spindle to use when tightening them. I managed to screw them in by hand, but they are not quite tight since I can't ...
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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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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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Can't identify pedals or find cleats

These pedals were on a used bike I purchased a year ago or so. I just switched them out for some old pedals I had because I didn't have cleats or shoes. Now I want to buy cleats and shoes, but I ...
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Need Help IDing SPD Pedal

Anyone know who makes these and which model it is? In the middle of the pedal I can kind of make out "C (possibly, not 100% sure)" "ARV" "E (also not 100% sure, just guessing)".
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Choosing a road pedal system - Focus on durability

What road pedal system can you recommend? They should be durable (pedal and cleats), have no tendency to fail hazardously and work well (a bit of float, support against rotation around the forward ...
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Is the balancing easier on big cycles after the kid learns to ride pedal less bicycle?

Is the balancing easier on big cycles after the kid learns to ride pedal less bicycle? Kid is 2 years 8 months old. Is this a correct age to go for such a cycle?
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Pedals won't turn normally following strange noises

My bike suddenly started creaking and squeaking very loud, and moreso the more pressure I put on the pedals. Then the pedals got stickier and harder to turn until I couldn't turn them at all. This was ...
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Clipless shoes & pedals and long distance

For the past few months, I have been thinking about clipless pedals. I am mostly a long distance rider. I go for the randonneuring and long distance triathlons. From various sources, I am informed ...
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SPD-SL pedals uneven wear

I have been riding my road bike for about 10k km on those pedals (shimano ultegra spd-sl) and it just so happened that the left one is now worn much more than the right one (check out photos). You ...
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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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My pedals are forced forward when the back-pedal brake is on

I have to backpedal in order to brake. But when I do this, it works for about 3 seconds and then there's some kind of noise and my pedals start going on their own. The momentum of my back tire would ...
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Why am I getting no power when I pedal?

EDIT. Based on comments I'm adding these facts which I should have originally stated. The chain was definitely on the sprockets and moving. I could change gears no problem while I had no power. END ...
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Are pedal washers necessary on a carbon crankset?

I'm wondering if pedal washers are necessary, or even recommended, when riding with a carbon crank, in order to avoid damage to one's crank arms? The main reason I ask is because I prefer to ride ...
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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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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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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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Bike creaking (possibly pedals?)

When I pedal fairly hard there is a creak coming from the bottom of the bike. I have read several other questions which talk about a similar thing however my situation is slightly different: The ...
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What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?

Given that pedal threads are different on the left and right pedals: the right side pedal has a right-hand thread (removes counterclockwise, installs clockwise); the left side pedal has a left-hand ...
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Delta compatible shoes and KEO pedals

I am planning to by these cycling shoes which claims "Restriction of use:Only compatible with Delta Pedals and Cleats". Reading up about Delta and Keo I understand that Keo pedals and Delta cleats ...
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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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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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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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How to fix a stripped pedal crank

The threads on my bike's pedal crank just became fully stripped and the pedal fell off, though the pedal itself is fine. Is there any way I can fix this without fully replacing the pedal crank?
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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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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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Carbon crank with loose pedal thread

I have a FSA Carbon crank where the thread/bolt for my pedal has become lose and wobbles. In all fairness the crank has has 20,000KM on it. Can it be repaired, can I replace just the crank, or do I ...
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Clipless Pedals - Float

In this question I asked about clipless pedals. The term float came up. I think that float refers to how far you need to turn your shoe in order to release it from the pedal. Q1: Is this correct?...
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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 I'...