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Buyer's Guide: Bike Pedal

How To Use Your Bike Pedal

Bike Pedal Protection. A protective cover for your bike's front wheel. Toe clips are used to tightly secure your toes to the front pedal to prevent you from falling as you ride. Toe clips and flat pedals both work well with toe clips to help you complete the entire pedal stroke comfortably.

Hubs. Bike Pedal covers come with three main parts: the crank axle, the hub, and the wheel. The crank axle holds everything that connects the pedals to the tires and the wheel. The hub acts as a hub and carries all the spokes through the holes in the tire and hub.

Hubs. The hub is the part that connects the bike pedal chain to the wheel. It is usually made of a metal or plastic material. It houses the chain and sprocket, the two pedals. If you have wide tires, then you may need wide hub. On the other hand, if you have narrow tires, then you should get skinny hub.

Toe pedals. The most common type of bicycle pedal is the toe pedal. It is fixed and is placed on either end of the saddle strap. Some toe pedals have a thumb hook which allows you to pull them out when you need them, rather than having to unscrew them from their hooks.

Seat Stays. All the bike pedals have a seat stay attached to them. The seat stay absorbs the shock of pedaling, reduces air resistance, and keeps your foot on the ground as you pedal. The seat stay acts like a lever as it keeps the foot from slipping off the pedal during the pedaling motion.

Shoes. Shoes are what we call our insole. They cover the entire bottom of our shoes. The insole absorbs shock from the pedals and absorbs our foot weight as well. There are two-hole cleats which allow you to pedal two hole holes by turning the ankle socks inside out.

Pins. Our pedals have several small pins at the bottom. The pin is attached to each pedal with a spring. Pedal pins are very important as they keep the foot from slipping off the pedals when you pedal fast

Springs. Springs help to keep the foot in the shoe as we pedal. There are two types of springs; the soft spring and the hard spring. Soft spring is used for BMX pedals and hard spring is used for racing shoes.

Handgrip. A handgrip is a piece of material at the base of a bike where the cyclist holds his/her hands while riding. Many cyclists prefer to use thumb bars as they are easier to grip. This allows the cyclist to avoid the stress that result from gripping the handlebars of a regular bicycle.

Cleats. Cleats are special flat cycling pedals designed to work with particular types of pedals. Bike cleats are a must for many bikers. They come in various designs and styles and most cyclists choose a pair according to their performance level.

Spring Mechanism. Some cyclists prefer the smooth gliding feel of smooth plastic pedals over that of sharp steel or aluminum ones. A smooth spring mechanism provides this smooth glide. Shorter mikes, such as the Speedplay, use a thin aluminum spindle attached to a plastic arbor which is wrapped around the outside of the inside tube. The speedplay's spring mechanism is made out of aluminum and the combination of the thin arbor and tube make it extremely smooth. Many speedplay pedals feature a clip-type speed control that allows riders to adjust the amount of pedaling force.

Clip-On Shoes. These shoes usually clip onto the original flat pedal but can also clip onto other pedals. They are similar to cleats in that they clip on to the back of the original pedals but clip onto other shoes as well. Some clip-on shoes, such as the Speedplay 2.0, even clip onto Velcro.

Toe Straps. Toe straps are small elastic strips that can be worn underneath the bicycle's toe caps to help you pedal more easily. They are perfect for people who need a bit of assistance as they can also be used to increase your comfort. Some toe straps clip onto the foot pedals; others are made to clip directly onto the backside of the flat bike pedals.

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