All posts tagged: pedals

4 Reasons Why I Ride Flats On My Mountain Bike

SRAM vs. Shimano, Fox vs. Rockshox, aluminum vs. carbon, these are all things we mountain bikers find to disagree about. One topic though that I hear come up maybe even more than all of these is clips vs. flats. I can’t tell you how many YouTube videos I’ve seen doing clips vs flats time trials, power tests and conversion stories. I’m not going to share anything scientific here. I’m not even going to try to convince you that flats are best. In this piece I simply want to share the advantages that I have found to riding flats over the years. One word though before I get into things. When I am talking about riding with flats, I am not talking about tennis shoes and plastic demo pedals. I am talking about investing in a good pair of bike specific flats like the FiveTen Freerider. And also investing in a decent pair of flat pedals with metal, adjustable pins, such as the Imrider Polyamide Flat Pedal. Bike Sharing My wife and I are fortunate to be about …

Crank Brothers Introduces Cheaper Two-Sided Double Shot Pedal

The Crank Brothers double shot pedals have been around for a while and have offered a clipless / flat pedal hybrid for those needing both options without switching pedals. With platform pedals in one side and clips in the other, the double shot allows you to loan you bike to friends without clipless shoes, take quick city jaunts on flats or just dabble in both pedal options. Now Crank Brothers is introducing a revised line of double shot pedals that starts with the Double Shot 1. This entry-level build has a composite body instead of metal. It also has molded traction pins for grip, wide 57mm q-factor for clearance and control, and stamped-steel wings. While not as fancy as the Double Shot 2 or 3 these pedals do retail for an easy one the wallet $59.99. If you wish to upgrade to the higher end models you will add metal all construction, and metal grip pins on the flat pedal side. Interestingly you will also add weight as well with the Double Shot 2 or …

Imrider Polyamide Flat Pedal Review

The internet has opened us up to a world of products that you would never find in your local bike shop. Some of these products that come from no-name companies are admittedly, crap. Others however can a really good deal and allow you to save money to spend elsewhere. A product that I discovered recently falls into the latter category. The Imrider Polyamide Flat Pedals come from “Imrider” who I have been unable to locate a website, phone number or other contact information for. However these pedals are available on Amazon.com for about $20 so I’m not too concerned about making any warranty claims. Flat pedals need to have a few features. They need a well shaped platform and grippy pins that will hold onto your shoes. They also need to be durable yet light and have bearings that will allow them to spin freely. The Imrider pedals really check all of these boxes. The Imrider feature a plastic (polyamide) body with metal, screw in studs. These screw in studs do an excellent job of gripping …