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    Magnetic pedals

    Since clip or clipless pedals wouldn't work for me, I've considered getting a pair of magnetic pedals.
    I've seen a few pair come and go, but was wondering if any of you had ever tried magnetic pedals and what was your experience.
    These are the pedals I've seen on market now. http://www.maglockbikepedal.com/
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    Have you tried a good pair of platform pedals with pins - BMX style? They look just like the magnetic version you linked to and I used them for most of my riding years until I moved to Frog pedals. You do have to watch out for pedal slap but the pins keep your shoes on the pedals and they are much less expensive. I used these Sun Ringle ZuZu pedals. The pins are adjustable and can be replaced. You need to determine what best fits your needs, but I wanted to mention these. I used them for both road and mountain biking.

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    What I currently use are flat road pedals without the clips, and they work fine, but I was hoping to try pedals that would provide me the same benefits as clip or clipless while still being very easy to get into and out of.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 08-21-2016 at 02:54 PM.
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    Can't help you on the magnetic, but I've recently switched over to quality flat pedals with pins on all my bikes, including my road bikes and have been very pleased with the results. Originally went back to flats because I was getting cramps in my feet with clipless and would have to stop and unclip and massage the foot. Going flats solved the problem because I can now move my foot on the pedal when I feel a cramp developing. No more cramps, now, and no more having to stop.

    As for the supposed loss of efficiency or power by going flats, for me it didn't happen. Using shoes that gave me good grip with the flats, testing it many times and keeping records, my average speed over the same stretch of 20 miles of pavement on the road bike, alternating clipless with flat, saw no change in my average speed. Zero. Zip. Nada. Felt a little funny at first with the flats, having gone clipless for so many years and I did have pay more attention to a proper pedal stroke with the flats, but won't go back to clipless, now. Will be selling off my clipless pedals.

    I realize this is somewhat controversial and contrary to what so many of us have been told about going clipless to be more efficient and so on, to the point of no one questioning it, so I mention it only as an option. Nice to have choices. Don't want to start an argument with anyone, so I hope no one is offended or upset. (Some people will bite your head off if you tell them flats are as good as clipless - ask me how I know.) Flats work best for me, but that doesn't make them best for everyone.
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    Here is a review, the comments below it are mixed. Seems like they are heavy.

    http://www.bikerumor.com/2015/07/16/...gnetic-pedals/

    Are you having any particular trouble with your current pedals? Or just looking for an upgrade?

    My thought is perhaps try Power Grips.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 08-21-2016 at 04:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    What I currently use are flat road pedals without the clips, and they work fine, but I was hoping to try pedals that would provide me the same benefits as clip or clipless while still being very easy to get into and out of.
    So they are not like mountainbike pedals? The Mag pedals look like mountainbike pedals, as mentioned, but with added weight and expense.

    FWIW, I've DMR Vaults on my mountainbike, and I never experience any slippage. Power Grips are great touring pedals.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    These are similar to what I use currently
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    The other day I did a group ride (50 mile road ride) with someone who used the pedals with the pins on a road bike. The pedals were red. He was very happy with them.

    I find clipless pedals to be useful on climbs, especially when I'm tired or its very steep. That's when I focus on pulling up through the bottom of the pedal stroke. I also like to keep my shoes as loose as possible, which is not considered ideal for clipless pedals, but that's what's comfortable for me.

    - Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver Trek 2000 road bike
    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

 

 

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