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Part 3; Best foot forward or what comes around goes around

If you suffer from numb toes after your ride the problem is liable to be either the wrong seat height or your shoes being too tight. 

At some point the pedals provided with a bike wear out. The following is a cross section of affordable pedals available for bicycles. The most common are flat and clipless.

Wellgo LU987U are metal platform pedals with a large surface area and metal pins for extra grip. Heavier than plastic pedals, but the large metal body makes for a robust pedal ideal for muddy conditions.  Seen as a copy of the DMR V8 pedal ( £28 ) but half the price . Comes in various colours.  

The MKS MT Lite pedal has a small alloy cage, with a serrated edge, attached to an alloy body. Lighter in weight than the platform pedals used on mountain bikes but robust enough for general use. It will accept toe straps and reflectors making it ideal for commuting. Comes in silver with a black cage with an RRP of £25 ( often seen for £20 ).

The M:Part City pedals have a small alloy body, surrounded by a plastic cage topped with a rubber edge for grip. The rubber edge isn't very grippy and wears off quickly under use. With an RRP of £25 better pedals are out there. Often seen fitted to Dutch style bikes.

B'twin folding pedals are sold by Decathlon. They are made of plastic and have small bumps moulded into the edge for additional traction in the wet. They come with reflectors built in and the folding design makes them handy for putting the bike in the car or storing in a narrow hallway. This design comes as standard on many folding bikes.  With a retail of £10 they're decent enough to begin with.

Shimano M520 SPD pedals use a clipless system where the shoes are attached to pedals via a cleat. The cleats are supplied with the pedals and special( stiff soled ) shoes are required for use. There's a cleat retention mechanism on both sides for ease of use and the open design makes them good for muddy riding. They are alloy throughout and come with sealed bearings for longevity. Great for beginners looking to put more power into their pedalling. The design has been copied by many brands but none of them are as good. From £20 for pedals, £40 for shoes.

 

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The Shimano M324  is a dual function metal pedal. With a SPD fitting on one side and a flat cage on the other, this makes it ideal for both commuting and touring. Often copied but never beaten for quality. RRP £50 ( seen for sale at £32 ).

Other clipless pedal systems are available. The SPD system is the most practical for spare cleats, ease of use and walking when dismounted.

More expensive pedals ( Speedplay Zero Ti  £400 ) are out there, but until you know what type feels most comfortable why waste money.

Whatever pedals you fit remember to grease the threads before fitting to ease removal and prevent creaking. Always tighten with the appropriate spanner or allen key.

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Hi Raj.
 
I just wanted to thank you for your kindness and help.
 
My dad who is 72 bought himself and his wife a kit each a couple of years back and he says it is the best thing he has ever done.  He stops and tells anyone who will listen that buying the bike has changed his life. He already had a bike but found it such a struggle to do anything other than ride around the streets so he didn’t really bother. He heard about electric bikes and went on a mission to find the best. He settled on Cyclotricity.  He started off cycling a short distance and then using his throttle to keep him going whilst he had a little rest.  Soon his fitness improved and now he goes out for miles and uses the throttle less but loves having the freedom to take on long distances. 
 
Best wishes
Shirley
Shirley
Dear Ben
 
I would just like to Thank you for the fantastic service that I received from your company. As you know I had an issue with my digital meter, I had a phone call from Ben at Cyclotricity the same day and this morning a new replacement had arrived.
This is fantastic service, I am so pleased that I purchased my bike through Cyclotricity. I will log onto your website and write a customer review and I am thinking in the summertime I may even purchase a electric bike for my wife, if and when I do I will certainly buy it through Cyclotricity.
 
Keep up the good work, I wish you all the success in 2017.
Normally people write in to complain but I feel that it's nice to tell people that they are doing things right.
 
Kind Regards
 
Christopher Mundy
Chris
Good evening guy's
What can I say ...
The service I have received from you both has made me feel sure that I have made the right decision in choosing your product and company to spend my hard earned money with, thank you both .. it really is very much appreciated . 
I have attached my signed De-restriction/ Throttle terms of use form to obtain the relevant information required.
I am looking forward to taking delivery of my new baby in the near future
Many thanks again guy's 
Kind Regards
Mark
Mark
Hi Raj,
 
I just want to thank you for all your support through this build. You were/ are a great help!! Thanks for getting the technical team involved where necessary!
 
I feel like I should hire a model to stand next to the bike, to be able to send you a very nice photo!! As it is I will be wise and you will appreciate it if the photo is only of the bike and doesn't have me anywhere near!!
 
Have a good day!
 
Fritz
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