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    All pedals suck

    I've been riding freeride, "All Mountain", and racing cross country for the past 12 years and I am absolutely sick of wearing out my pedals in less than a year, and in most cases less than 6 or 8 months. I ride clipped in on all bikes, for all riding styles, no matter what i'm doing. I moved away from eggbeaters after I flattened my 3rd pair by hitting them on rocks, within 6 months last year and went back to SPDs. Eggbeaters never were tight enoguh anyways. I seem to have the opposite problem as most other people, in that I am yet to find a pedal of any sort that will hold my foot on the pedal as tight as I want it. My last pair, some Xpedo m-force, worked quite well ( at full tension ) for about 2 months, and now they aren't worth 2 shits. Does anyone have any suggestions? should i just duct tape my feet to the pedals? What is the all time highest spring tension found in a clipless pedal? HELP!

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    Have you tried Times? If you can't find a pedal that holds you in, you might have a technique problem.

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    Lol

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    Not to toot my own horn here, but I'm almost positive it is not a "technique problem". And no, Ive only ridden eggbeaters, and multiple types of SPDs on my mountain bikes. Maybe I should try the Times, I just want my next pedal purchase to be worth more than 2 months of riding

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    this is absolutely perfect

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    you think ultralight road pedals are the solution to always breaking pedals?
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    All pedals suck

    14,000 miles in the last five years on same Shimanos. Just sayin'....

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    i was referring to the concept

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    All pedals suck

    Quote Originally Posted by RIPDIRT View Post
    Not to toot my own horn here, but I'm almost positive it is not a "technique problem". And no, Ive only ridden eggbeaters, and multiple types of SPDs on my mountain bikes. Maybe I should try the Times, I just want my next pedal purchase to be worth more than 2 months of riding
    Maybe you should work on a technique that reduces the frequency of the rock hits. Whacking rocks constantly not only breaks the pedals but it slows you down and increases the chance of being knocked out of pedals.
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    what size drops are you hitting? how fast can you ride 12 miles of tech 4 singletrack? i understand rotational physics, force couples, and a concept of centrifugal force to balance my centroidal axis, im just wearing out pedals quickly because i rip

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    I second the Times. I don't ride them because they hold my feet too much.
    I kinda ride all my SPDs loosey goosey.
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    All pedals suck

    Have you ever tried flats and 5.10s? Just curious. Not trying to start a big argument about which is better, but at least on FR/AM bikes, many don't see significant reasons to be clipped in. This would help with your durability problem, but, it sounds like you're pretty passionate about being glued to your pedals.

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    So is your problem with pedal durability, or spring tension?

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    Have you tried shorter cranks? Less pedal strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    Have you tried shorter cranks? Less pedal strikes.
    perhaps the problem begins with a short crank?
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    Re: All pedals suck

    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Have you tried Times? If you can't find a pedal that holds you in, you might have a technique problem.
    +1. No joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    14,000 miles in the last five years on same Shimanos. Just sayin'....
    I second this. I'm a big strong rider and crush everything drivetrain...... pedals, bottom brackets, hub bearings etc. I don't understand how people ride crank brother pedals. I've never had a pair last me a single ride even the mallets. I've ridden a lot of pedals over the years but keep coming back to shimano. The shimano's are QUALITY and last me a good long time.

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    Try flats. Set yourself free. After 12 years of riding crutches it's just time. All those mousetraps suck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergio8691 View Post
    Try flats. Set yourself free. After 12 years of riding crutches it's just time. All those mousetraps suck...
    Sure, if shuttling to top of trails & weekend warrior status is your thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIPDIRT View Post
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    Right on. Thanks for the laugh.

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