Pro cyclists certainly have great skills which take their performances to a whole new level, but equipment such as pedals also play a key role. Today we will be discussing, what kind of pedals pro cyclists use and also how these help the cyclists ride better in each case.
The type of pedals that pro cyclists use depend widely upon where they are cycling, and their personal preference. We will go into a discussion about which pedals are suitable for each surrounding in detail in this article. So, without further ado, let’s get right into the details.
The Role of Sponsors in Choosing Pedals
Most of the time, pro cyclists are sponsored by companies which is why the pedals they use depends on what pedals their sponsors provide them with. For context, amongst road pedals, the most common three types of pedals are Look, Shimano Dura-Ace, and Speedplay pedals.
However, there are exceptions when it comes to star pro cyclists; they use whichever pedals suit them the best regardless of whom they are sponsored by.
Different Kinds of Pedals Used by Pro Cyclists
There is a huge variety of pedals in the market but as we have mentioned before pro cyclists choose their pedals depending on where they are cycling. We will be delving into the details for four types of pedals today: Road pedals, Pedals with toe clips, Pedals for mountain biking, and finally the very popular Clipless pedals.
Pedals with Toe Clips
These kinds of pedals were more commonly used in the past. They are great especially for cycling in urban areas, and even high-speed cycling. Cyclists who do a lot of track sprinting often find pedals with toe clips to be ideal for their purpose of riding.
With the toe clips keeping their feet in place at all times, the pro cyclists do not have to remove their feet from the pedal. This reduces the chances of the cyclist’s feet slipping off the pedal when cycling at a very high speed, thus mitigating the risks of any accidents.
However, even if the toe clips are used, they sometimes fail to keep the cyclist’s feet in the right position. Another thing, sometimes these pedals use straps to secure the cyclist’s in place, so the strap can drag across the ground while cycling which can be pestering.
For pro cyclists riding around city areas, these pedals are a great option, and they are often specially designed and are called road pedals. These road pedals are actually very light, and efficient because their design is quite aerodynamic. Only one side of the pedals clicks with the cleats properly. Meanwhile, for improved aerodynamics, the other side is polished nicely and is flat.
The shoes that are manufactured specifically for these pedals tend to be quite light, but since the cleats poke out of the shoes you will feel very uncomfortable trying to walk with these shoes.
Pedals for Mountain Biking
Pro cyclists who mountain bike often use a type of clipless pedals or platform pedals which are manufactured specially to fit the terrains. To start off, these pedals are heavier than most pedals which means cyclists need to exert a bit more force, but this is a worthy trade-off because the heavier pedals are able to endure the terrains.
They are also double-sided, which means the cyclists can clip their cleats on either side. For easier release, these pedals along with the cleats for these pedals have a two-prong design. You may want to know that some professionals prefer the platform pedals for mountain biking rather than the clipless ones because the clipless pedals are not as good at releasing.
Last but not least, clipless pedals have become very popular throughout the years. These clipless pedals also go by the name ‘clip-in pedals’. The reason why these clipless pedals are so widely known is that it makes strokes much more efficient which is undoubtedly good news for pro cyclists.
Specialized shoes are used for clipless pedals with cleats that clip onto the pedals without the need of a strap or a toe clip, hence the name has the clipless. Since the cleats are clicked on to the pedals, the feet never leave the pedals much like in pedals with toes clips so accelerating the bike is much easier.
As mentioned previously, clipless pedals are often used for mountain biking because the clips don’t come off even while riding through rough terrains. Professional cyclists are usually comfortable with these clipless pedals, but newbies will definitely need some practice to adjust to them. This pedals work really well with bicycles with fixed gear conversion kit.
After reading through the details of each of the types of pedals we have mentioned, we hope you have a clear understanding of what kind of pedals do professional cyclists use. If you have any further queries about pedals or more, let us know in the comments section below.