Pedals

What are pedals?

A bicycle pedal is the beginning sequence of a rotational movement system. It allows for energy to be transferred from the rider’s foot to the pedal. Pedals are connected to the crankset. Pedals come in a variety of different types. These types include flat/platform, quill/cage, clip-less, and magnet pedals.

I. The flat/platform pedal consists of a very large area for the foot to rest on. The flat and platform pedal does not offer a lot of grip for the rider’s foot. This kind of petal can also come with cleat-like traction that pops out of the top of the pedal and allows traction for your shoe. These kinds of pedals are recommended for beginner users or for casual style riders. This pedal is the most common type of pedal and is seen on most bicycles.

II. The quill/cage pedal is a pedal that holds the rider’s foot firmly to the pedal surface. There are different ways in which the foot is held onto this kind of pedal. There is the strap type where your foot is held down by straps, which can be tightened and loosened, to give a good connection with the pedal. Then there is also the kind of pedal where a divot is made in the pedal so that a shoe, with a special bicycle attachment to the bottom frontal toe, can be inserted into that divot. Both forms allow the riders foot to be held against the pedal. This style of pedal is old and is not commonly found. But it can still be found in some places. Most people prefer not to use these pedals because of the injuries they can cause.

III. Clip-less pedals are where a rider uses a special kind of shoe that inserts onto the pedal and holds the foot in place. The foot can then easily be taken off of the pedal by sliding their foot to the side, away from the crankset. This kind of pedal is recommended for the cross country biker.

Why are pedals important?

Pedals give the rider a place to put their feet and operate the bicycle.

How do pedals work on a bike?

A pedal transfers the energy from the rider’s foot to the crankset. The person’s foot moves the crankset in a circular, clock-wise motion by pushing down on the pedal. As the crankset rotates, the chain attached to the crankset moves as well. The chain then pulls the back wheel’s (normally back wheel) cassette or cog. The movement of the cassette or cog then cause the back wheel to move.

How do you choose the right pedals for your bike?

Choosing the right pedal can give you the advantage of pedaling proficiently and lend you some speed. It is best to choose a pedal that matches your riding style most. If you are a casual rider then go with the flat/platform pedal. If you are a bicycle racing enthusiast and prefer cross country riding then go with the clip-less pedal.