The type of pedals you’ll require predominantly depends on what type of riding you’ll be doing. Road, Mountain and BMX riding will all call for different styles of pedals to get the most out of your bike.
Here’s an overview of the different types of pedals required for each rider:
Road Bike Pedals
Road cyclists will generally employ the use of clip-in pedals, which secure the rider’s feet to the pedals via cleats located on the bottom of a riding shoe. By ‘clipping’ into the pedal, a rider is able to not only generate energy during the down-stroke, but on the up-stroke as well which provides forward momentum throughout the entire range of motion.
When choosing a pair of road bike pedals, it is important to check whether your cleats will be compatible with the brand of pedals you’re considering as not all cleats are compatible with all styles of pedals.
Mountain Bike Pedals
Similar to road cyclists, many serious mountain bikers choose to use clip-in pedals when riding due to the energy production advantages of having their feet secured to the bike. Mountain bike clip-ins work in a similar manner to road clip-ins however most will feature designs which prohibit mud from building up around the locking mechanism.
When choosing a pair of mountain bike pedals, it is important to check whether your cleats will be compatible with the brand of pedals you’re considering as not all cleats are compatible with all styles of pedals.
BMX & Flat Pedals
There’s a number of situations where you might not want to be attached to your bike which is where flat pedals are a good option.
If you’re simply riding for leisure, or even shredding dirt tracks on your BMX, flat pedals will allow you the freedom to quickly plant your feet (or bail from your bike) if need be.
Flat pedals are available in a range of colours and designs and often the choice will come down to personal preference.