Uni Pedals for the Rain?

Anyone have any experience with uni pedals that still offer some reasonable
grip when wet?

Living in Vancouver Canada means being ready for rain at any give time of
the year. In the process of planning to upgrade my plastic Sem XL pedals to
some sort of BMX style alloy pedal I noticed that some models touted
themselves as having good grip even in rainy conditions and they stated that
they didn’t give too much of a pedal bite if the pedal and your skin
happened to meet.

Reports yay or neigh for these pedal claims?

Erin

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

> 1) Big spiky pedals - eg. pedals with big pins in. These will be much
better
> in the rain than plastic. Also the more nasty bearclaw type pedals will be
> okay too, but they’re really painful if you crash on them.

Shin pads help a lot, of course. Generally a good idea if you think falling
is a
possibility.

Really grippy pedals can sometimes make it harder to move your feet around
if you
need to. I’ve had one or two Coker UPDs due to lifting my foot too high
while making
an adjustment.

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

“Erin” <beandawg@direct.ca> wrote in message
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> Anyone have any experience with uni pedals that still offer some
reasonable
> grip when wet?
>
> Living in Vancouver Canada means being ready for rain at any give time
of
> the year. In the process of planning to upgrade my plastic Sem XL pedals
to
> some sort of BMX style alloy pedal I noticed that some models touted
> themselves as having good grip even in rainy conditions and they stated
that
> they didn’t give too much of a pedal bite if the pedal and your skin
> happened to meet.
>
> Reports yay or neigh for these pedal claims?

Okay, I know two solutions to this problem,

  1. Big spiky pedals - eg. pedals with big pins in. These will be much better
    in the rain than plastic. Also the more nasty bearclaw type pedals will be
    okay too, but they’re really painful if you crash on them.

  2. grip-tape on your plastic pedals - go to a skate shop and buy an end of a
    roll or some offcuts of grip tape from them and then bung it on the top of
    your pedals. It works well in the rain although not as well as pin pedals.

Personally I’d just go for metal pedals with decent pins in, you don’t crash
too much on them. Also, if you fall onto any metal pedals it’s gonna hurt,
just a little bit more with pins.

Joe

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

If you do choose to go with a BMX style aluminium-alloy pedal and you don’t
want to spend too much money you can go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op (I’m
sure there’s one in Vancouver) and fork out (about) $8 for a pair. They pins
aren’t removable but at $8 it’s tough to go wrong.

The only problem with these pedals is that when you buy them, the bearings
are too tight and they don’t spin very well. But fixing this is easy - all
you have to do is take off the end cap and loosen the outer race.

In any case, I bought a pair about a week ago so I can’t say anything about
their durability but the grip is excellent, even when wet/sandy/muddy.

Alex

I use my Wellgo pedals when I’m riding in the rain. I just add the rest of the pins that are out during my normal rides. Shin pads are a definite must.

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

I suggest these pedals:

that is all.

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

“Alex” <atman8@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<L2W49.10665$HH2.1805916@news20.bellglobal.com>…
> If you do choose to go with a BMX style aluminium-alloy pedal and you don’t
> want to spend too much money you can go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op (I’m
> sure there’s one in Vancouver) and fork out (about) $8 for a pair. They pins
> aren’t removable but at $8 it’s tough to go wrong.
>
> The only problem with these pedals is that when you buy them, the bearings
> are too tight and they don’t spin very well. But fixing this is easy - all
> you have to do is take off the end cap and loosen the outer race.
>
> In any case, I bought a pair about a week ago so I can’t say anything about
> their durability but the grip is excellent, even when wet/sandy/muddy.
>
> Alex

Nice idea Alex, I’ll check those out (MEC is just a few blocks from my
house!)

Oh yeah, another newbie question though - how come its a problem if
the pedals don’t spin well?

thanks,
Erin

Dylan can you say ouch! Shinburger is right on thoes pedals. With that said they do look to be nice and grippy, do you actually ride with thoes??

I agree that the Wellgos have good wet weather grip, even better than a $60 pair of Konas I have. I have taken a file to the pins on the Wellgos with good success in order to sharpen them a bit after lots of use.

For uniing, a bit of a slow spin helps during mounts because the pedals stay in position.

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

>do you actually ride with
>thoes??

No, If I did I’d have to get used to sewing back up my sixsixones after every
pedal hit… ouch.

Re: Uni Pedals for the Rain?

Well I guess it isn’t really that big of a deal. The biggest advantage I can
see is that with my pedals, I put some washers on one side of each pedal so
that they are weighted slightly. If the pedals don’t turn very freely, this
won’t work. I’ve found this makes mounting easier - especially on rougher
terrain.

Properly tightened bearings probably last longer too although since the
pedals of which I speak have no seals whatsoever, sand and grit will
probably have a much larger impact.

Alex

rif raf <beandawg@direct.ca> wrote in message
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> “Alex” <atman8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:<L2W49.10665$HH2.1805916@news20.bellglobal.com>…
> > If you do choose to go with a BMX style aluminium-alloy pedal and you
don’t
> > want to spend too much money you can go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op (I’m
> > sure there’s one in Vancouver) and fork out (about) $8 for a pair. They
pins
> > aren’t removable but at $8 it’s tough to go wrong.
> >
> > The only problem with these pedals is that when you buy them, the
bearings
> > are too tight and they don’t spin very well. But fixing this is easy -
all
> > you have to do is take off the end cap and loosen the outer race.
> >
> > In any case, I bought a pair about a week ago so I can’t say anything
about
> > their durability but the grip is excellent, even when wet/sandy/muddy.
> >
> > Alex
>
> Nice idea Alex, I’ll check those out (MEC is just a few blocks from my
> house!)
>
> Oh yeah, another newbie question though - how come its a problem if
> the pedals don’t spin well?
>
> thanks,
> Erin