Pedals on a commuter are always an interesting dance.
Platform, clipless, toe clips, and then which brand/level? For my around town getter I try to keep platforms on year around to be able to hop on and just GO! The bike I keep at my office in Uptown Charlotte is this type of bike. Originally with BMX style platform pedals, $10 Wellgo pedals, they did well as a pedal but only when I had soft bottom shoes on. When I had dress shoes or some sort of heal the pedal’s “spikes” didn’t grab and became very slippery when wet.
Ergon PC2 Pedals
For 2011 I am on the Ergon Commuter Team where we are testing out their new products and talking bike commute goodness! In July I was sent a pair of their new PC2 pedals to give a spin and give feedback on. While this isn’t going to be a full review I did want to preview them and give my initial thoughts.
Details from Ergon on the PC2 Pedal
- Developed composite by Magura (the brake and fork company)
- Inner foot stop to keep correct foot positioning on the pedal
- Ultra narrow q-factor
- Integrated reflectors
- Anatomically contoured platform, 6º angle for better joint alignment, knee angle correction
- Maintenance free polymear bearings
- 3M-SafetyWalk™ creates a slip free platform
- MSRP $69.99
Initial Thoughts of the Ergon PC2
The PC2’s remind me of beach cruiser pedals with the sand paper feel on each side. This works very well and no matter the shoe so far, they hold a grip.
The pedals are size specific, I’m on a small pedal but at the maximum shoe size with a euro 42 shoe. Two of these pedals do feel very large in your hand, but once on the bike they feel supportive under feet and keep traction between your shoe and drivetrain.
After a handful of rides I am really enjoying these pedals. With an MSRP of $70 I hope they continue to impress me and provide a good alternative to BMX pedals and clipless for commuters!