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Pedals are your power connection with your bicycle. They are of utmost importance in designing a bike to your specification, ability, and comfort. There are three different kinds of pedals:

  • open
  • toe clip
  • clipless

An open pedals are the least expensive but the most ineffective. Your foot stays in contact with the pedal only through friction and it is easy to lose the pedal/foot connection. You can only send power to the bicycle on the downward stroke of the foot, not the upward stroke. Open pedals come in rubber, plastic or metal. Rubber gives a good friction unless wet, plastic is the least expensive and not very durable. The all-metal pedals are lightweight and durable.

Toe clip pedals have a clip device on the front of the pedal, which fastens a shoe firmly into place by enclosing the toe. Toe clips have the advantage of being easy to slip the toe in and out of the clip, and no special shoes are required. The rider can use the down and the upstroke of each revolution to power the bicycle. One drawback of the clip is that they can irritate the foot inside the shoe where the clip contacts the shoe, generally across the toes.

Clipless pedals, although generally considered the most efficient, take time to adjust to and require a special cleated bicycling shoe. The bicyclist locks each shoe onto the pedal with a twist of the foot, which attaches the foot firmly to the pedal. The bicyclist can now send

power to the bicycle on both the downward push and upward pull of each revolution of the pedal. However, with clipless pedals, it can be difficult to disengage the foot from the pedal with the correct twisting motion if the rider momentarily forgets how to disengage properly when stopping or is crashing.

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