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What Are Bicycle Pedals Made Of?

History

Pedals were first attached to bicycles in the 1860s. In the 1980s the first clipless varieties were invented, which attach to the shoe of the rider.

Types

Less expensive bikes have pedals that are usually made of common metals like steel and aluminum and/or plastics. Expensive racing bikes usually have clipless pedals constructed of titanium, high-grade aluminum and/or carbon fiber.

Function

The more expensive materials like carbon fiber and titanium are lighter and stronger than their cheaper counterparts. These materials are used for higher-end bike pedals.

Considerations

The casual rider does not need to invest in a higher-end pedal made of expensive materials. There are many clipless and platform pedals made of cheaper materials that will work fine.

Benefits

If you are planning on racing, a pedal made of carbon fiber, titanium or other premium materials might be worth the expense for you.

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