Cycling is a fantastic activity; it can range from a gentle ride through the countryside to hardcore racing. No matter what the level of cycling you want to undertake to have the right bike and equipment to help you achieve this is important. A key component to any road bike has to be the pedals.
If you get the wrong bike pedals that are not suitable for you, be it too heavy, not the right material or ones that will not last long enough, then you will be wasting money. Even worse you could be risking your health if your feet are not getting the protection they deserve. Road bike pedals are the part of your bike you’re in contact with at all times, so you want the best.
There is a wide range of companies making top-quality road bike pedals. This article will aim to show you ten of what we think are the best, current and affordable road bike pedals on the market. The price ranges from $47 to $300. Buckle up, put your helmet on and enjoy the ride, here are 9 Of The Best Road Bike Pedals.
Shimano A530 SPD Pedals
The first pedals on our list are the Shimano A530 SPD Pedals ($47). These are the cheapest pedals in this article by far but are still well made. Shimano is a very famous company who have been making bike accessories since 1921. These pedals are perfect for cycling around town and are extremely lightweight. They are very easy to adjust meaning they are hassle free. With a one year warranty and coming in either black or silver, Shimano has provided us with a fantastic and cheap option.
Speedplay Zero Stainless Road Pedals
If you want a stylish stainless steel design for your road bike pedals, then the Speedplay Zero Stainless Road Pedals ($160) are perfect for you. Weighing only 208g and available in six different colors (black, blue, red, silver, white and celeste) the Speedplay Zero are a beautiful set of road bike pedals. Aimed to work with a variety of cycling shoes these pedals are designed with the serious cyclist in mind. The pedals default is 15 mm of float, but this can easily be adjusted to zero floats if you wish.
LOOK Keo Blade 2 Chromoly Road Pedals – 12nm
One of the most expensive road bike pedals on our list is the LOOK Keo Blade 2 Chromoly Road Pedals – 12nm ($190). A price of $190 may seem expensive for bike pedals, but you are paying for the quality of the make here. These pedals are made from high-grade carbon fiber and have an incredible array of adjustability and features for the hardcore cyclist. Everything about these pedals is designed to increase pedalling efficiency. Not only will these pedals help get you from A to B, but they will also get you there in comfort and style.
Campagnolo Record Pro-Fit Plus Titanium Pedals
Campagnolo delivers the most expensive road bike pedals on our list. The Campagnolo Record Pro-Fit Plus Titanium Pedals ($356) made from pure titanium are quite something to behold. These pedals are ergonomically designed to give you complete comfort no matter the distance or bumpiness the journey may bring. Weighing only 270g Campagnolo have provided cyclists with a top class set of pedals that bring with them everything any cyclist would want. The quality of these pedals is second to none, but the price reflects this.
Time I-CLIC Carbon Bike Pedals Triathalon Road Red
The next pedals on the list are a sleek, smooth and stylish set of pedals from Time. The Time I-CLIC Carbon Bike Pedals Triathalon Road Red ($150) is made from top quality carbon and are pedals at the top end of the market. These pedals are compatible with any bike brand you can think of, and are also incredibly easy to use. They will be comfortable for your feet on those long gruelling cycles and also are extremely efficient to use with fantastic rotations.
Xpedo Thrust SL Carbon Body Chromoly Spindle Road Pedals-Black
We have another carbon-made road bike pedal next with the Xpedo Thrust SL Carbon Body Chromoly Spindle Road Pedals-Black ($122). Expertly crafted pedals come in a metallic bronze finish which will look aesthetically pleasing with most bikes. There are three cartridge bearings in the pedals making for reliable and easily adjustable pedals. At only 210 grams, these are lightweight pedals that will be comfortable to use. At $169 they are in the mid-price range for the market but come highly recommended.
Ritchey WCS Carbon Echelon Road Pedal
High strength carbon is a standard material in road bike pedals, and it continues with our next product. The Ritchey WCS Carbon Echelon Road Pedal ($170) is another top quality carbon-based road bike pedal weighing 220g. These pedals are designed with specific bushings and bearings to ensure that they last a long time. Adjustable spring tension allows for greater efficiency and comfort when cycling. If you are a fan of Ritchey, then these pedals work amazingly with Ritchey or Keo cleats.
Mavic Race Road Bike Pedals Bicycle Black
Our penultimate road bike pedal is another one specially designed for the racing cyclist. The Mavic Race Road Bike Pedals Bicycle Black ($180) was created to be a highly efficient and lightweight 130g perfect pedal for the racing cyclist. The pedals have a full aluminium body to make them highly reliable and more able to withstand a massive impact. The pedals are easily adjustable to suit any build. With adjustable release tension as well you can be assured you will be able to ride in incredible comfort.
Time Xpresso 10 Carbon Pedals
Last but not least is a second entry from Time, the Time Xpresso 10 Carbon Pedals ($210). These pedals are incredibly lightweight only weighing 95 grams. These pedals are an upgrade of previous versions with an increased surface area for more pedalling power efficiency. The pedals have a fantastic red and black design that will complement any bicycle. The pedal is made of carbon and hollow steel to make it extremely lightweight but also highly durable.