Hey, Im going to buy new pedals for my Torker Lx. I know you guys recomend the ODYSSEY TWISTED PC PEDALS but i have a local bike store that sells TONS of pedals and I kind of want to shop there. Is their something specific I should look for in the pedals? Are all plastic pedals the same? Or are the ODYSSEY TWISTED PC PEDALS just unmatched.
Oh ya and if I do get grippy pedals will it hurt my shins?
Thanks for putting up with my many nooby questions.:)
Yes, if you ride with with your shins on the pedals
Any pedal can cause shin damage if you hit your shins hard enough. Even plastic ones. But plastic pedals will do less damage than metal pinned ones. And smooth non-grippy plastic ones will do less damage than grippy ones. But they can still draw blood. If you’re learning any kind of trick where your feet leave the pedals then you’re better off with shin pads on.
I would tell you to make sure you get plastics with a substantial amount of grip. It is really annoying to have your feet slipping off the pedals, like when you’re jumping up steps. Grip gives confidence.
And at only 13 $/pr, should be your first choice. It is possible that there is a better plastic pedal out there and we aren’t noticing because we keep buying PC’s. For 13 $, it’s great.
If I had to wear jeans and leg armor in the summer it would be to hot to ride. PC pedals cause shallower scratches and minor injuries compared to steel pinned pedals. So for shape, weight, grip, safety and cost, it is the common choice today.
I’ve been using a 100 gr lighter and 3 $ cheaper set of Dimension MTB on my 36 for 2 years. They have held up fine, but lack the size and the angled ramps of the heavier PC’s.
In general, I would say that plastic pedals should not be considered “junk”, even though stock beginner pedals are slippery and very so so. Some plastics are really excellent, despite their low price !
yeah, if you grab they will get flat, I do pedal grabs with my twisted PC’s but I got a specified side for grabs and grinds, and the flat side is still just enough grippy to ride until I do a 180 pedal flip(:p).