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What do you require from your pedals when riding in the city? They need to feel secure whatever shoe you happen to be wearing. Doesn’t matter if it’s sandals, Doc Martens, trainers or heels – commuting requires a pedal that can deal with them all. We’ve put together a selection that we think have the best features.
Special Pedals – clever little things
Commuting has different requirement for your pedals, than, say, riding an E-Trailbike. Extreme grip is replaced with the “suitable for any shoe” requirement. We’ve looked at several pedals that use grip tape, like you find on skateboards, or clipless pedals with the mechanism for cycling shoes on one side, and a large platform suitable for everything else on the other.
The XLC PD-M21 is an aluminium platform pedal. The surface is covered with grip-tape, just like on a skateboard. This provides ample grip for basically any shoe that you want to use with these pedals. The reflectors will also help increase your visibility at night.
- 6061 aluminium body, CNC-machined
- Replaceable grip-tape surface
- Cr-Mo pedal axle
- Sealed cartridge bearing and bushing
- Colour: black or titanium grey
- Size: 103 x 77 x 18.6 mm
- Weight: 316 g
- Price: € 56.95
MOTO Reflex Pedal
Made in Germany! The MOTO pedal is an ultra-thin platform pedal with style and grip to boot. You can use this pedal with whatever shoes you’re wearing – it’s even possible to ride barefoot if that’s something you want to do. The large surface area allows good power transfer and means you stay secure at all times. The reflective tape on the edges also helps increase your visibility. If you really want to indulge, this pedal is also available in an (expensive) wooden model – perfect for you nature lovers.
- 15mm thickness
- Surface area: 7.6 x 9.2 cm
- Price: € 55
Crankbrother Double Shot 3
If you just can’t ride bear to be without your favourite cycling shoes, even on your way to the office, or if you’re just accustomed to a large pedal area or being able to clip in, you might want to consider the Crankbrother Double Shot pedals. These pedals have two sides allowing you to ride clipless or on flats. On one side there’s a wide, grippy surface for normal shoes and on the other a cleat mechanism for your cycling shoes – a hybrid pedal so to speak.
- Release: 15-20 degrees
- Body: A380 aluminium
- Axle: Forged Cr-Mo steel
- Bearings: Enduro bearing/ IGUS LL bushing with DSS seals
- Weight (pair): 403 g
- 5-year guarantee
- Price: € 125
You want to use your road shoes for the commute to the office, but also want to be able to ride with flip-flops for your short ride to the shops? The iSSi FLIP could be perfect for you. These bright pedals are Shimano SPD-SL compatible. The iSSi FLIP is a very versatile hybrid pedal that combines the advantages of both SPDs and flats. The wide aluminium pedal body offers a large and grippy “flat” surface, whilst the other side houses the SPD mechanism.
- Axle: Cr-Mo steel – 56.5 mm axle-length
- Pedal body: aluminium
- Bearings: sealed bearing / bushing
- Release: 14.6 or 4 degrees
- Release tension: adjustable
- Colours: black, silver, pink, white, yellow, purple
- Weight: 424 g
- Price: € 84.90
Flat pedals with aggressive pins are just as out of place as tiny little XC clipless pedals on a more leisurely commuter bike. Hybrid pedals or platform pedals with grip-tape are the solution. Large surface areas that let you pedal hard without shredding the sole of your shoe are key for a pedal that you can use for your ride in to university or the office. If the pedal also has features to enhance your visibility, then you can’t really go too wrong.
For our city-riding, we really like the platform pedals with grip-tape. Just get on and go – it doesn’t matter what shoes you happen to be wearing. It’s really a revelation!
When you’re out and about on your City-E-Bike, which pedals do you use?
You can find all the other articles from our Urban Special here:
- The Urban Special: Have a safe commute – we tested E-Bikes, clothing, helmets and accessories for you
- On Test: Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 – How does this premium E-Bike perform in the city?
- The Big Urban Special: The perfect bags for commuting
- Urban Special: Haute Couture Commuting Gear or Simply the right Clothes
- Urban Special: Sturdy and strong – Locks that will anchor down your E-Bike
- The Urban Special: Useful accessories – helpers for your travels
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Photography: Moritz Zimmermann, Thomas Paatz, Rico Haase
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