Pedals fall into two main categories – flat (which sometimes have toe clips or cages) and ‘clipless’ or ‘clip-in. The latter allows the pedal to grip a cleat on the bottom of your shoe and provides better pedalling and power transfer.
Clipping in for the first time can be a daunting experience, one which many choose to practice on a softer surface as a fall is quite likely as a first timer struggles to release their foot from the pedal in time.
The Click R pedals from Shimano might however solve this problem. This clipless pedal is designed to be 60% lighter in-and out-of-step than the SPD, they are ridiculously easy to clip in and out of. Normally you have to shift your foot to the side and pull out with a little bit of vigour (depending on how you have set the gripping tension).
The Click R pedal however is much easier to release. Only a very small movement to the side and a light tug sees your foot released. When trying out the pedal for the first time, it did feel really quite loose, but with a quick adjustment to the gripping mechanism, it was perfect. I was surprised that considering it is so easy to release, it performs pretty well. I was worried initially that you would clip out when riding tough hill climbs etc but actually they felt fine.
I tested the PDMT50 variety which are a MTB inspired pedal. Quite large and relatively flat with cosmetic spikes attached. The good thing about this particular style is that you can use the pedal with your normal trainers if you just want to run out and do a quick errand on your bike.
This pedal is perfect for those who are trying clipless pedals for the first time, commuters and mountain bikers who want to ensure they can release their foot quickly and easily.
Stockist: Chain Reaction Cycles
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