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Are all folding pedals a bit... bendy?

Yes, I've used a variety of folding pedals on my Dahon and Brompton and they're all a bit flexy. I've had plastic ones snap in half on me (and yes, that can be very painful/dangerous). The best ones I'...
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How to install bicycle pedals without a notch on the spindle?

You have to use an allen/hex wrench, that's why they have the hex hole in the axle. Going from the opposite side through the frame is easiest.
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Do pedals come in widths?

You can get spacers to move the pedal further from the crank. Combine these with some larger pedals and you should be OK. Probable worth seeing a bike fit specialist in your situation though.
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What's the point of double-sided SPD pedals if SPD pedals with platform are more convenient and lighter?

I had the platform one side pedals on my previous bike and went to the SPD both sides for my new bike. I think it depends on how you use the bike. I bought the platform one side as my entry to ...
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What's the point of double-sided SPD pedals if SPD pedals with platform are more convenient and lighter?

Hybrid SPD pedals are somehow "weighted": the heaviest item (that defines the rest position of the pedal) is the rear of the mechanism rather than the platform. In "calm situation",...
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Do one-sided clip-in pedals have a bit more friction and inefficiency than alternatives?

Likely two things. Bearing seals will slow down free spinning. In actual use the added resistance from the seals is minimal and the seals ensure the bearings remained greased and in good working ...
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Do pedals come in widths?

The only one I know of that do are Crankbros Stamps. The large size is in fact really large (114mm x 111mm, whereas the Odyssey Twisted PCs I have in front of me measure about 95x90 and are already on ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

The shoes and pedals that are appropriate for road cycling are the ones you feel comfortable using. Almost all MTB shoes come with a "plug" over the screw-hole recess that you could just leave in ...
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What's the point of double-sided SPD pedals if SPD pedals with platform are more convenient and lighter?

Finding the right side is not that easy. With the SPL SL style Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals on my road bike finding the right side is always a hassle and makes starting in traffic very stressful. With ...
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Flat Pedal Pin Installation

There are many designs of pedal pins. Some are tiny bolts coming through the pedal body and fixed by nuts on the opposite side, some are instead screwed directly into the pedal body, into blind ...
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What are the disadvantages of securing your foot to the pedal?

The only disadvantages I could think of are: - The higher price for clip-less pedals and the need to have cycling specific shoes (which are usually not comfortable in walking) - Not being able to ...
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Do pedals come in widths?

There aren't standardized ways of measuring pedal and they aren't all the same width (even in the same type of pedals). You can read reviews for particular models (search "wide feet" or "wide pedals"...
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Pedals with largest outside platform area

Something like the Crank Bros Stamp pedals might work. The large version are recommended for people with size 10-15 feet, and they also have metal pins that stick out allowing your shoe to grip onto ...
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Clipless vs. Flat Pedal Speed Difference

With flat pedals, the only thing holding your foot to the pedal is friction. Friction only exists if your foot is in contact with the pedal -- what physicists call "normal force" or "...
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I cannot change my pedals because of a plastic cap

Not all pedals have hex-socket insets on them. This is especially true for cheap pedals that come on some bikes. You should invest in a proper pedal tool, which is a 15 mm wrench with a narrow ...
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Do pedals come in widths?

Japanese MKS platform pedals are old-fashioned and extremely high quality. I use them with Power Grip straps so that I can wear my wider sneakers. This combination is extremely comfortable. Note that ...
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What's the point of double-sided SPD pedals if SPD pedals with platform are more convenient and lighter?

I tried SPD/platform pedals on a borrowed MTB when I was used to SPDs (both sides) on my hybrid. They were horrible - I clipped in when I didn't want to, and not when I did. The weighting wasn't ...
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I pedal on the flat surface of Shimano 105 SPD SL

If you aren't using the clipless pedals with your cleats, then you have a slightly sub optimal pedalling interface. Some people say it can't be done, I do it regularly and so do you. I just do it when ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

I'm not going to discuss whether she should be using full clipless instead here – that's another topic. I guess you've already tried to convince her for it? Seeing that she doesn't: why exactly did ...
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Should "universal pedals" be avoided?

In context of the low cost pedals, you need to look at the user and how they ride. Would I trust them on a trials bike or downhill MTB?, no, but then I would not trust a cheap pedals with a one piece ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

This is exactly what I have done with my girlfriend. Large flat pedals Toe cage (without side straps), I picked this particar one because it's made from a pretty strong plastic/nylon so it doesn't ...
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Clipless vs. Flat Pedal Speed Difference

As cycling power is normally measured at the cranks, i.e. at the input to the drivetrain and not in your muscles, you'll go exactly the same speed as with flats given your "same power" ...
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Clipless vs. Flat Pedal Speed Difference

Depends on your personal pedalling style. None - if your pedal stroke is just to apply power down on the front. Minimal - if you can modify your stroke such that the rear/rising foot does not weight ...
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Waterproof overshoes on Platform Pedals with pins

You're right that most cycling shoe covers are made for clipless and only have a small cutout for the cleat. They'd get shredded by walking too much or using platform pedals. You could use hiking ...
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How to pick mountain bike pedals (platform)?

We can't recommend which model to buy, but some good things to keep in mind are the following. Platform size: Width and thickness, if you have wide feet you may want a slighter wider pedal. And being ...
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Looking to get new pedals for my bike?

You'll have some things to measure, and some decisions to make. First, you need to know what the threads on your cranks are. There's a 99% chance they are 9/16" with a tiny chance of 1/2" thread. ...
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What's the point of double-sided SPD pedals if SPD pedals with platform are more convenient and lighter?

I can find few reasons Safety redundancy. If one side gets clogged or broke, one can easily kick-to-rotate to engage in the other slot. Size. The whole assembly is smaller than SPD/platform one. It ...
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Pedals with largest outside platform area

Are you handy with tools? Could be worth fitting an aluminium plate to your existing pedals that gives more surface area. Or even a wooden plate if you prefer. This would provide more width and/or ...
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Play in right pedal

What is wrong is either the pedal bearings are worn, or were not great to begin with. As a precaution you should also check that the pedal shaft is screwed into the crank properly and tightened to ...
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Waterproof overshoes on Platform Pedals with pins

When riding in a torrential downpour, my rain setup is gumboots on the feet. For pants I wear some yellow PVC plastic overtrousers that go over the gumboots. Above that is a plastic jacket with ...
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