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I don't have any experience with clipless pedals, and I'm not interested in trying them. I mostly use my bike to commute. My Trek 4500 came stock with some cheap plastic pedals, and I'd like to replace them. One of the reflectors on the right pedal is already broken. I'd like to get some new platform pedals that are durable and low maintenance, with decent grip. I usually just go by reviews, and the Azonic A Frame pedal seems to be the best. I think it might be just a bit too much pedal for me though. I hear people talking about getting their shins torn up by the pins, and I cringe.

Should I just go with the A Frames, or can any of you suggest another good platform pedal?
 

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Snafu with the sealed bearings are nice and about half the $$$ the other options are (around here anyway). Might look the DX dowhill pedals from the Big S too. Whatever, if your chosen platform doesn't cost an arm and a leg, it's gotta have sealed bearings otherwise they all seem to be pretty sub-standard.

And yes if you mess up the pedals will tear up your shins pretty nicely. I have two divots in my right shin from just such a mishap. 3 months after the fact, I still have divots. The price for platforms I guess. I think that if I were clipped in that time however I would have been fine, but I might have gone splat too, who can say? Don't worry about it though. If your shins are toughened up by now, they should be soon enough. To be honest, aquiring those holes didn't really hurt very much. Yes I knew I'd done it, but it wasn't like I was rolling around in agony.

There you go. Hope that helps some.
 

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I don't have any experience with clipless pedals, and I'm not interested in trying them. I mostly use my bike to commute. My Trek 4500 came stock with some cheap plastic pedals, and I'd like to replace them. One of the reflectors on the right pedal is already broken. I'd like to get some new platform pedals that are durable and low maintenance, with decent grip. I usually just go by reviews, and the Azonic A Frame pedal seems to be the best. I think it might be just a bit too much pedal for me though. I hear people talking about getting their shins torn up by the pins, and I cringe.

Should I just go with the A Frames, or can any of you suggest another good platform pedal?
That they have to have agresssive treads in order to keep your shoes from falling off. And if you DO slip off a pedal, the other foot will push down and you'll end up with a nice bear claw. I think trail riding is ill-suited to platforms (without straps) because so many of the hits you'll take are unexpected. Your really need to be attached to the pedals.
 

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I use Wellgo Mag pedals (they're very light and strong) with Airwalk skate shoes for regular XC riding and am really happy with that combination. Just keep your heels down on the downhills or bumpy sections and you'll eliminate most of the "slippage" issues. I've whacked that backs of my ankles a few times but not enough for me to reconsider going back to clipless or using shinguards.
 

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I use Wellgo B-37 pedals when I commute... they're light, strong, and cost $49 CDN at mec.ca. If all you do is commute than these will be more than enough - if you do anything outside of commuting I'd strongly urge you to reconsider trying clipless.
 

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Should I just go with the A Frames, or can any of you suggest another good platform pedal?[/QUOTE]

I run the Azonic X-frame pedals and they are the best,although any pedal with sealed bearings and replacable pins wouldn't be much difference.With these pedals you have to pull your foot up to get it away from the pedal.Clipless has it's pro's and con's and here you have to decide how you would prefer to go down.With a platform you can bail any time but you also are less efficiant,with a clipless you can spin faster but there are many situations where you want your foot but you have to twist to have it,get used to it and it's gold.I have always run platforms and many instances i feel if i were clipped in i would have gone splat.For platforms i would narrow it down to three,Azonic,Wellgo,and Tioga.By the way,the X-frames are always hooked up,even in rock gardens.
 
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