When it comes to choosing a pedal, personal preference is everything. Essentially, the choice is whether you go with clipless pedals, or standard pedals. Clipless systems, available for both mountain and road bikes, typically give more control and more efficient power transfer. While there are many different systems, all require a cycling-specific shoe – usually dubbed ‘SPD compatible’, after Shimano’s system – to accommodate the cleat that snaps your foot into place on the pedal. Conventional flat pedals are also an option. These are sometimes preferred by mountain bikers who want to ride more extreme trails, or jumps, while standard road bike pedals – with or without toe clips – are typically preferred by recreational riders or tourers.
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