Types of Bike Pedals: A User's Guide for All Levels

Growing up, you likely didn't think much about the type of bike pedals that came with your Huffy. The streamers on the handlebars and the front or rear basket where you put your favorite toys and snacks (and occasionally, another person) were all atop your list, but not the pedals.

Now that you're older, riding your bike has come to mean something different. Maybe you commute to work to save money and get some exercise, or maybe you're a dedicated weekend warrior mountain biker who lets off steam on the single track.

Whatever your purpose for jumping in the saddle, the right type of pedal can make all the difference between a smooth, powerful ride and a shin-bruising slog in the mud. Here's a breakdown of the different types of pedals, the pros and cons of each, and the type of riding that best suits each system. Happy pedaling!

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