[Yak] Thoughts on Pedals & Tires
aozolins at ithaca.edu
Tue Sep 6 12:44:53 CDT 2005
When I got my Pocket Rocket I made a change to the Crank Bros Candy
pedals -- it's the egg-beater pedal surrounded by a bit of a platform. I
admit that I was won over by the fact that they come in a yellow that
pretty near matches my PR's color.
Apart from color, attractions of the Candy pedal are that it has a
pretty good surface area, so you can fairly comfortably pedal along in
the city between stop signs and stop lights; it's a recessable cleat, so
your shoes can be walkable ones; and the clip-in, clip-out process is
On the down side -- people tell me that if I don't lubricate the
bearings just so and promptly, the pedals will fall off the spindles.
I've heard this from enough people to be wary. Another negative, of
course, is that Crank Bros cleats are nowhere near as common as SPDs, so
getting or giving help on the road is limited.
I'm pretty satisfied with the positive side of the equation; I've loved
having these pedals on occasions like riding around Dublin, where I was
often too confused and nervous about traffic to get properly clipped in
right away but kept going as though on platform pedals. The negatives, I
haven't had a chance to really test. This has been a year with
(virtually) no rain at all in our area, so I haven't really had to worry
about repacking bearings. In general it's something I'll keep in mind,
I've heard of many touring cyclists who favor the Speedplay Frog pedals.
I never investigated these pedals, mainly deterred by the price, but
just a week or so ago I hosted a couple tourists on the Warm Showers
List and one of them had a broken Frog cleat. He didn't have huge
difficulties finding a replacement (though it seems many shops don't
carry them). However, some cyclists of the speedy set around here were
of the opinion that Frog cleats are prone just to such failures (a
little clip breaking off). "That's why I don't use them!" one explained.
I have no idea whether there is more than prejudice or fashion behind
this antipathy, but you should probably check it out before going far
from home on Frogs.
David Sherman wrote:
> I've been using some cheap Performance brand SPDs on my Pocket Rocket
> for awhile. I'm looking to replace them with something better.
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