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Artista2012-08-26 01:12:21 +0000 #1
O.K. I switched from SPD's to flats on my mountain bike this spring. I've been using some really cheap, really thick, pedals knowing that I needed to switch to something better soon. Now is the time.

So here are my questions:If you use flats, which ones are you using?
What do you like and dislike about them?
Any pedals that you really hated?
Any pedals on your wish list?
I don't mind investing some $$$ in pedals as I've learned that they are arguably the most important contact point on the bike, (spoken by someone who managed to break her ankle when her foot slipped off of an unclipped, SPD pedal).

TIA!
Irulan2012-08-26 01:24:03 +0000 #2
Catrin2012-08-26 01:41:33 +0000 #3
I love my Sunringle ZuZu pedals: www.sun-ringle.com/m...ssories/zuzu-pedals/ . Very well made, and they have stood up to many, many falls over the last year.

I like that they have adjustable pins and also that they have so many of them. I don't like that they are black, I want them to be in colors like the Predators that Irulan provided a link for

I can't tell from the Predator site if the pins are adjustable or not.

Like with all good pedals of this type, one has to think about pedal slap regardless of the pedals you choose. The bear claw type that you provided a link to will also do that, but the pins increase the likelihood. Basically they are meat tenderizers and can do a number on your shins and calves, which is why I wore shin protectors last year until I got used to them. I still wear them occasionally and will likely invest in a better pair as I start to ride more advanced trails.
Artista2012-08-26 01:58:26 +0000 #4
Those titanium, Twenty6 pedals are works of art! Especially the silver with multicolored pins. I also like the pin design which looks like it would never be a problem to replace a sheared off pin. These pedals are high on my list but I'd probably go with the less expensive, cromoly version.

Canfield Crampon Ultimates: www.canfieldbrothers.com/components/pedals are also on my radar.

Those ZuZu's look like solid pedals and I like the price point. I'm leaning toward a really thin pedal, though, as I've experienced some problems with the tall front and back edges of my current pedals.
atombessy2012-08-26 02:56:25 +0000 #5
I use these on my mountain bikes:

www.crankbrothers.com/pedals_mallet.php

I like that if I miss the clip the pedal is still totally secure/comfy to ride on, feels like the best of both worlds! May or may not be up your alley depending on why you're switching from SPDs to flats.
Artista2012-08-26 03:33:57 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by atombessy

I use these on my mountain bikes:

www.crankbrothers.com/pedals_mallet.php

I like that if I miss the clip the pedal is still totally secure/comfy to ride on, feels like the best of both worlds! May or may not be up your alley depending on why you're switching from SPDs to flats.

Thanks. These look like they would be great if I was willing to risk clipping in when I didn't want to. What I really want are thought-activated-auto-release clipless pedals. Flats are the closest that I can get at this point in technology.
Catrin2012-08-26 03:18:40 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Artista

What I really want are thought-activated-auto-release clipless pedals...

Ooooh, now THIS I would put on my mountain bike! The problem isn't clipping in, it is getting clipped out in time. If you find them Artista let me know
Artista2012-08-26 01:52:13 +0000 #8
They're making such amazing advances in nerve impulse activated prosthetic limbs that the idea of thought activated clipless pedal release may not be so far fetched in our grandchildren's world.

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