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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.

About the Author

Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.