Pedals: The most important point of contact between rider and bike
Pedals should provide a safe and supportive platform whilst transferring the force from the movement of the pedal into forward propulsion of the bike. In the world of pedals, we differentiate between platform pedals and clip-in pedals. Platform pedals are flat and don’t provide a solid connection between bike and rider. They allow greater flexibility on the bike and can be worn with any type of shoes. In contrast, clipless pedals do offer a fixed connection between rider and machine and must be worn with specific matching shoes. Road cyclists and some MTBers prefer the sturdy connection that the likes of Shimano, Look and Crankbrothers clip-in pedal systems provide. Everyday riders and trick-performing dirtbikers are generally better off with platform pedals. For touring riders looking to enjoy the benefits of both system types, combination pedals are the best answer.