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    New question here. Flat "comfort" pedals for commuting?

    Anybody here using flat pedals, of the "comfort"/hybrid variety? The kind that are usually spec'd on "city/commuter" style bikes?

    Attached are some pics as examples (Wellgo; and the Octopus, spec'd on Cannondale's Bad Boy urban bike).

    I'm wondering if they're any good for any real commuting rides. Just because product managers spec them on commuter bikes don't make them automatically viable, so I wanted to know if anybody has any real world usage of these, i.e., if they're actually usable for commuting. 'wondering if they're grippy enough for regular street shoes (sneakers at the very least).

    I'm thinking of ditching my standard, BMX-style, pin-removable platform pedals, as my shins have had one too many encounters with them

    Thanks for any input.
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    No, I`ve used BMX and quill styles but never the slippery things. You can find them cheap- give it a shot and let us know.

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    Not sure why block pedals wouldn't work. Might be a little slippery if you try hammering, but I can't say for sure. I use BMX or beartrap pedals myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Might be a little slippery if you try hammering,
    That's actually my concern 'cause I do have a few sections of my commute where I have to stand and hammer for a bit. Just wondering if someone has used non-pin pedals successfully for such a move.

    Thanks for the input.
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    I would have to imagine that if it were wet out those would be SLICK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1Gel
    That's actually my concern 'cause I do have a few sections of my commute where I have to stand and hammer for a bit. Just wondering if someone has used non-pin pedals successfully for such a move.

    Thanks for the input.
    Yeah Adam's right, they would probably be a problem in wet conditions only. Do you have more than one bike? If you have a bad weather commuter like some people you can keep the pin pedals for use on that and use the block pedals in dry conditions? Or you could just practice not doing whatever it is you're doing when you wind up smacking your legs on the pins! I have all sorts of bad riding habits that I need to correct myself.
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    I use the old school pedal cages you attach a toe-clip and strap to .... surely y'all remember them - they're excellent for commuting, as you can loosen/tighten the strap depending on footwear. Of course, this is assuming they can still be bought ??? I've no idea...

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    Have you considered using half clips with pinned pedals? It might defeat the purpose for you, but maybe it would be the ticket.

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    I recently got a Cdale bad boy and didnt get pedals like those, im jealous

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    Clipless

    Quote Originally Posted by r1Gel
    That's actually my concern 'cause I do have a few sections of my commute where I have to stand and hammer for a bit. Just wondering if someone has used non-pin pedals successfully for such a move.

    Thanks for the input.

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    Through 2008...the USA Bad Boys didn't have those pedals..ONLY C'Dale Europe Bad Boys. Not sure about 2009 models. The point is moot for me, though. I switched to clipless pedals, now every time I try to ride a bike without them (one of my bikes has the 2 way clipless/platform pedals), I curse the entire time and swear I will NEVER ride without clipping in again.

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    These are great

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=10045

    platform on one side, spd on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cino
    These are great

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=10045

    platform on one side, spd on the other.
    Thanks for the suggestion, but I gave up on clipless long ago... (but that's a different story )
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