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Good, Cheap, Hard Hittin', MTB, Breaker, Cracker Pedals??? Any Out There?

Old 04-14-19, 12:51 AM
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Good, Cheap, Hard Hittin', MTB, Breaker, Cracker Pedals??? Any Out There?

I bought the best I could find for $20. I did some reviews and price comparisons....that it. I like the width of them. I like the little bolts that are the traction. That's the style, and that's alright.

However I noticed that it's only been a month, and I can feel the bearings starting to go out. My guess is that the bearings are worth pennies. My legs are starting to beef back up, and I've got pedals that can't take the rigid strain.

So I have to wonder...what would people that abuse their pedals buy...in a pricely picky sort of way. Those big price numbers on gear??? Those never ride good.
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Race Face Chesters, $40.

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Sun Ringle ZuZu pedals are what I'm using: https://www.modernbike.com/product-2126183761
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The only pedals you should buy if you want them to last are pedals with bearings that are easily serviceable and or replaceable. The rest are meant to be used then thrown away in my opinion.

Edit: Oh yeah. If your massive beefy guads are destroying pedals regularly, carry spares everywhere. I've had to pedal home on one pedal before, just sayin'.

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Old 04-14-19, 07:37 AM
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Adding on to FBOATSB advice: Not unusual for new pedals to require adjustment prior to first use. And a check to be sure there really is adequate grease from the factory, too.
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I've been using a pair of Sinz BMX pedals for a few years now. They look very similar to the Sun Ringle pedals posted earlier.

Not a pedal for the weight weenie but considering I'm 240+ they've held up well IMO. Pretty good size platform, pins and serviceable.
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Here you go. I have them on all my bikes they're great https://www.rivbike.com/collections/...38-black-pedal. Rivendell Bicycle Works Clem Smiths petals. $22.00.
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^^^ another one for the "can't figure out where Grant's head is at" file
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Here you go. I have them on all my bikes they're great https://www.rivbike.com/collections/...38-black-pedal. Rivendell Bicycle Works Clem Smiths petals. $22.00.
It's irritating that they don't specify the size of those pedals.
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All I can wonder is if it's possible to ride a bike on the moon?
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
The only pedals you should buy if you want them to last are pedals with bearings that are easily serviceable and or replaceable. The rest are meant to be used then thrown away in my opinion.

Edit: Oh yeah. If your massive beefy guads are destroying pedals regularly, carry spares everywhere. I've had to pedal home on one pedal before, just sayin'.
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All I can wonder is if it's possible to ride a bike on the moon?
Back in my day....



...that's all there were.
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Thanks, all. I'll beat the hell out of these, and return with any complaints...for sure. Hehe.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
It's irritating that they don't specify the size of those pedals.
They are:

VP-538

BodyOne-piece nylon body.AxleCNC machined Cr-Mo.BearingsLSL & Double sealed ball bearings.Size111 x 105 x 25.5 mm.Weight290 g/pr.ReflectorFineline lncluded. TWOptionVP-535 ball bearing.

Specifications

Product #VP-538Additional NotesVP-538 is a true modern mult-purpose flat pedal. This pedal is used for BMX and MTB as well as Cross/Fitness and Road bicycles that need a slim and stylish pedal that does not require special shoes.
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They are:

VP-538

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Thanks.
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The VP website shows them in neon green but I can only find them for sale in black or light blue
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I was bruising around in the streets today listening to the creaking in the pedals getting worse. It's like riding junk. And I can feel it a little too...in my feet.

Then I realized it's probably not the pedals since there so new, but it's probably the bottom bracket since it's so old...I bet 30-40 years old.
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That's a pic of those $20 pedals and the ole crank. Think the BB is creaking? Or the pedals?
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Bearing rebuilds are nearly free...
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Bearing rebuilds? Okay. I look it up on youtube, and see if I can learn that skill. I'll need to know since I like these ole "sort-of-mountain-bikes" for cheaply street busting every evening. The cheap parts are kind of fun to build around and stress test.
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Originally Posted by allout1
"I was bruising around in the streets today".

"street busting every evening"
How old are you?
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^^^ another one for the "can't figure out where Grant's head is at" file
Grant's head is buried in Grant's tomb along with the rest of Grant.
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Got this $40 tool kit in the mail, and made the bottom bracket a relatively quick fix given it was my first shot at a BB. I wiped it, scrubbed it, renewed the grease, and it's riding better than before now. Creams are gone too. The drive train side crank simply fell off rather than being pulled off mechanically. I assume that was the source of the creaking.
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How old are you?
Apparently old enough to rebuild a bottom bracket, but on the other hand, I did my first bb rebuild at the ripe old age of 12.
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Yeap, it's minor league, eh.

While I'm on the topic though I have been researching "bikology" off and hone here for the past few months. I used to just ride them, and the only thing to know was the flat tire if that ever happened. That was back when I was 12 and those years. I'm looking into all of the products, designs, their effects on the riders, how to manage, repair, and replace them, and there's the new era stuff and the old era stuff. There are kinds of bikes that I never heard of until the last few months. "Bikology" has become very specialist with certain bike types and products for specific feats that are trying to be achieved with them that I never imagined.

All of this seemed daunting at first, but I'm getting fairly accustomed. The info is becoming redundant now as I search and research.

And these new, high tech bikes...sheesh. These are like expensive, high tech, automobiles that require a level of part product, understanding, and expense that puts these things in a whole other level of sporting past time than I've ever been aware of.

And my reaction to that is "heeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllll nooooooooooooooooooo." I would never pay that much for a bike and all of the parts, repair, and maintenance that comes with that. It's too much tech...a burn barrel of cash being sooted out to some smart engineers and marketers.

I don't even like the suspension fork. Too many parts, too much more variability in the maneuver, strategy, combination over and between obstacles. It's added weight too, but I suppose if the bake was all carbo, added part weight wouldn't be a problem.

But hey...these days a bike comes 20-35 bucks on craigslist every week. You blow one out, switch the tubes, rack, lights, seat cover, grips, and whatever over, and away you go. I never have to worry about someone robbing the bike. LOL It's not a bike that can be resold for anything except maybe a few bags of groceries I suppose. They won't be making car payments with any of my wheels. And now I can maintain their munkey brackets. Woohoo
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