Pedal to the Metal: Everything You Need to Know About Pedals
Fitting into the crank arms of any bike, pedals are not only essential in propelling oneself forward, but with the selection of appropriate pedals ensures an optimally comfortable and efficient ride. While pedal options on the market are seemingly infinite, we will break down the main pedal styles below along with their features to help better guide those who are searching for a new set.
Which pedal style is right for me?
Before we get into the guide, we will briefly outline the three main pedal styles: I) flat platform pedals; II) road SPD-SL style cleat style pedals (a triangular shaped cleat mounted to the road shoes through a three- bolt system); and III) mountain SPD cleat style pedals (an oval shaped cleat which is affixed to the appropriate shoes with a 2-bolt system). While there are some other cleat styles, for the purposes of this article and clarity, we will be just focusing on these styles.
I like to... ride around the city and run errands
The following options highlighted are ideal for the city commuter and urban cyclist as they are easy to use and versatile.
I like to... ride my road bike
The following options highlighted offer a variety of versatile options for road cyclists.
I like to... ride my gravel bike and go on adventures
The following options highlighted offer versatile options for gravel and touring rider.
I like to... ride my mountain bike
The following options highlighted offer versatile options for a variety of mountain riding styles and preferences.
Links to all of the pedals listed above:
- City Riding:
- Road Riding:
- Gravel Riding:
- Mountain Riding: