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    Good pedals for ~$30

    Any recommendations on pedals?

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    These aren't bad at all. I used them for years before I went clipless. They hold your feet pretty well and "escaping" them is super easy so you can put your feet down quickly if need be. They go for around $30-$45


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    $7 over budget, but they are worth the look. OK weight and grip well.

    Fully CNC machined parallelogram design pedal body with a super strong cro mo axle running on sealed cartridge bearings.



    Wellgo CNC Platform B54 Flat Pedals | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com
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    I think the Redline Alloy pedals with replaceable pins cost about that. Might even have sealed bearings.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    The technique in this video will let you use about any pedals with even cast pins like on a Walmart bike and trailrunners.
    Straight Lines with Fabien Barel - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinderz View Post
    $7 over budget, but they are worth the look. OK weight and grip well.

    Fully CNC machined parallelogram design pedal body with a super strong cro mo axle running on sealed cartridge bearings.

    Wellgo CNC Platform B54 Flat Pedals | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com
    +1 on the wellgos. I bought some from a LBS (different model though) for $40 and they have proven reliable and grippy. I have also heard good things about the deity compounds which I almost bought. They are apparently very light weight.

    And thanks for the vid eb. I have been wondering myself about foot/heel placement lately.

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    Any platform with good spikes/studs will do, but the DMR V8s are a gold standard with the local riders:

    DMR V8 Pedal > Components > Pedals, Cleats, Toe Clips, Straps > Pedals | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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    I don't know how you feel about polymer pedals. They're not everyone's cup of tea, but I've been using these on my bikes for a few years now.

    They have a large contact patch, and tons of pins. Their bearings have held up fine, though I don't do mud or rain, so can't comment there. They are also a little lighter for being polymer instead of metal.

    Odyssey Twisted PC Pedal > Components > Pedals, Cleats, Toe Clips, Straps > Pedals | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
    Eastern CFR Pedal > Components > Pedals, Cleats, Toe Clips, Straps > Pedals | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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    Those pedals are pretty chunky. I always aim for a thin pedal to give maximum clearance.
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    This looks like the right place to ask. What do you guys know about these pedals. Azonic Fusion Magnesium Pedals at Price Point

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    I've got these on two bikes. they were on sale for 32 most of the fall but have gone up a bit.
    Pedals/Mountain at Price Point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinderz View Post
    Those pedals are pretty chunky. I always aim for a thin pedal to give maximum clearance.
    That they are, no doubt about that. If clearance is an issue, these would be trouble.

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    I Love the Wellgo Mg 1. They have super grip and have even thrown them on my cx bike in muddy conditions. I think they run about 35$ give or take

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    I have the Forte Convert pedals. The color options..... Suck, but the pedals are freaking sweet for $40.

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    I like turtles

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    I just picked up a pair of Nashbar Verge pedals (i can't post a link) and a pedal wrench the other day to get free shipping ($50, get free shipping, one day only)

    The Verge looked nearly identical to nukeproof proton, (I think HT components has a set similar too)

    Hopefully they work out well, couldn't find any reviews on them..

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    I second the Forte pedals. They have a nice large platform and great grip even with just Vans shoes. Spin pretty nice too.

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    Universal Cycles -- Stolen Thermalite SP Pedals

    These are great pedals I've had them on my single speed for a year now, I ride 3-4 times a week about 15 miles each ride. I have hit them on rocks and trees many many times and there is almost no where on the pins or body. For $19 they can't be beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robselina View Post
    Any platform with good spikes/studs will do, but the DMR V8s are a gold standard with the local riders:

    DMR V8 Pedal > Components > Pedals, Cleats, Toe Clips, Straps > Pedals | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
    The V8s are excellent pedals for the money. I had my Animals which have tremendous grip but were pretty heavy. I switched to Blackspires which are much thinner than both but lack some traction. Had to repin a few.

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    Here's a threat about pedals that might help you: Pedals
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    Wellgo mg1 on awwyeah.com. $40ish, but magnesium. Best str weight price ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danielrg_usa View Post
    I second the Forte pedals. They have a nice large platform and great grip even with just Vans shoes. Spin pretty nice too.
    x3 on the Forte pedals...

    Only a little bit more than you are looking to spend and slightly lighter than the B54s. I got mine at performance bike. They are really low profile which I really liked and just about any shoe sticks to them like glue with my fivetens its a match made in heaven. They also came with a complete extra set of studs. My buddy bought some wellgos for a little more than I paid for my fortes and his didn't even include the studs.. Which seemed odd to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfb12 View Post
    This looks like the right place to ask. What do you guys know about these pedals. Azonic Fusion Magnesium Pedals at Price Point
    Im almost certain I saw those in my LBS and they were seriously thick. They also are not sealed bearings. I would say you could do better for the money. Id recommend save a little longer and put $40-50 in a set of pedals and youll get a major performance difference: sealed bearings, replaceable pins and body, better grip.

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