I’ve recently found that my shoes were slipping in damp conditions and that I was not transferring quite as much power in my pedal stroke as I would have liked. Therefore, I’ve switched to wide, mountain bike style flat pedals.
For cyclists that don’t wish to go all the way and be clipped in to their pedals, it can be a smart upgrade path. You often see single speed and fixed gear riders choosing these flat mountain bike style pedals, as they enjoy the efficiency, combined with the option to wear any footwear you choose.
Removing your old pedals and installing new ones is easy. We’ve got instructions in our Bike Doctor app. The most important thing to remember is that the left pedal is reverse threaded, so you’ll need to turn it clockwise to remove it. The right pedal needs to be turned counter clockwise – as you would with most bolts.
Avoid using an adjustable spanner when performing this repair as the grip isn’t as firm and you may slip, causing damage to you or more importantly to your bike! Ideally, you should use a pedal spanner which comes with most bike maintenance kits.
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to flat MTB pedals and two of the best are the Shimano MX30 (cheapest price is on Chain Reaction Cycles) and the MKS GR9. If they don’t take your fancy, take a look at some of the best sellers on Chain Reaction Cycles for an idea of what most cyclists are buying.
As with all cycling component and accessory choices, it comes down to personal preference. What pedals are you using?
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