Bike Pedals and Cleats
Give your bike an easy upgrade with our selection of flat and clipless pedals from quality brands like Shimano and Look. Bike pedals ensure a better power transfer making you faster with less effort. Invest in speed and efficiency by choosing one of our bicycle pedals below.
Bike pedals and cleats
Balance bikes for toddlers (bikes without pedals and gears) aside, all bikes need pedals to ensure the wheels turn. These often overlooked bike components are responsible for transferring the power from your legs to the drivetrain and impact your performance, comfort, and safety on the bike.
At Eurocycles, we offer bike pedals for any discipline and riders. Whether you're a beginner or a performance-orientated rider, we carry bicycle pedals to help you get consistent power transfer throughout each stroke and travel faster with less effort.
Our range includes Shimano SPD pedals, and other clipless pedals for mountain and road bikes. We also have combination pedals, MTB flat pedals, kid's bike pedal replacements and a selection of cycling cleats from Look and Shimano.
What are the two types of pedals?
While you might come across the following terms about bike pedals: clipless, clip-on, flat, platform, combination, 2-holes, and 3-holes, there are only two principal types of cycling pedals.
These platform pedals are the most common type of pedals for hybrid bikes, recreational bikes and entry-level mountain and road bikes. Easy to use, the flat pedals do not require specific cycling shoes, and you don't need any technique when putting your foot on or off the pedal. Flat pedals for city bikes will come with reflective panels and grip strips for added safety while cycling. Mountain bike platform pedals come with ridges allowing your foot to grip the pedals when going downhill.
A variation of these flat pedals is the clip pedals. Pedals with toe straps or cages, while now a less popular option, still allow your foot to be attached to the bike, increasing your pedal stroke efficiency.
Clip-in pedals are used with cycling shoes fitted with cleats and allow you to mechanically attach your foot to the pedal for increased efficiency and easier power transfer.
The clipless pedals are the prevalent choice for road, mountain bikes, and most higher-end bikes.
Mountain bike clip-in pedals use a two-hole cleat. These small recessed cleats allow mountain bikers to walk in their cycling shoes. For that reason, mountain bike clipless pedals are also the go-to choice for commuters and recreational cyclists.
Clipless pedals for road bikes usually use three or four-hole cleats. These road pedals have a larger surface area than their mountain bike counterparts for better power transfer, making them harder to walk as the cleats protrude from the shoes.
How to choose bike pedals?
While a lot depends on personal preference and skills, a few things will dictate the pedal to fit on your bike. If you are only beginning or using your bicycle leisurely, you might not want specific cycling shoes. Stepping in and out of your bicycle with ease is probably more important to you than power transfer and stroke efficiency. Therefore, flat pedals should be your go-to option. However, if you want to upgrade your bike and feel ready to move to clipless pedals, then your bike discipline will determine the clip-in pedals you need. Choose road clipless pedals for fast, efficient journeys on roads. Opt for recessed mountain bike clipless pedals for off-road adventures or everyday commuting.
Why do some bikes not come with pedals?
Some bikes are not supplied with pedals*. These are usually higher-end bikes: road bikes, MTB and some electric bikes. The reason is that pedals are quite a personal choice when performance is involved. Road cyclists will often have either Shimano SPD-SL or Look pedals and cleats, and one cleat type isn't compatible with the other.
Most performance cyclists will already have a set of pedals from previous bikes and will not need a new one. For that reason, most brands tend to spend the pedal budget on other bike components.
At Eurocycles, we supply a set of basic pedals with every bike purchase if requested.
If you need advice on choosing the best bike pedal for you, please do not hesitate to contact our team or visit one of our stores.
*See individual bike description.