Every year, I go through what one might call an oscillation of pedal styles.
All winter, I ride a pair of inexpensive but very sharp-toothed and grippy BMX pedals. When the snows melt enough to get back on the road, I can’t wait to pull out the SIDIs (and the shoe-covers) and ride clipped–whether it’s a long ride or just my normal commute.
And by the middle of the summer, I’m just as predictably tired of having to deal with cleated shoes all of the time. That’s when the clipless pedals get pulled from whatever bike I’m riding the most around town and I mount a good pair of platform pedals.
For this sort of thing, I have three requirements. The pedals must be reasonably light, have very good grip whether wet or dry (which disqualifies the MKS Lambda), and match the color of the cranks (I know, vanity).
It’s taken a few years of false starts, but I’ve finally found some pedals that I really like: VP-001s.
According to VP Components, they weigh a svelte 345 grams per pair. The 12 screw-in pins per side provide a death-grip on whatever shoes I’m wearing. They come in black and silver (as well as some other brighter colors that I’m not likely to use).
If you haven’t ridden with platform pedals in a while, I suggest that you do so. And if you’re going to buy a pair, you could do a lot worse than the VP-001s.
Note: This post is part of an ongoing series: Stuff I Like. These are unsolicited reviews of things that I use and like. In the unlikely event that anyone gives me something to review, I’ll make sure to let you know.