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How long till you retire pedals?

How long till you retire pedals?    17 members have voted

  1. 1. How long do you ride pedals before replacing them

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    • 1 year
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    • 2-3 years
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    • Till the break
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I know this is a super opinionated question. In the past I had some echo flats with Ti axles I took off after two years. Now I am running on three years with steel axle echo flat pedals and am starting to wonder when they will break. Somehow I don't like the idea of what a snapped axle could do to my legs.

How long do you want before retiring pedals? (or other parts for that matter, my spare parts bin has a handful of bits I took off before breaking)

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When they break or something better falls in my lap :)

 

However you are a different human than I, I weigh less than the average American woman and try to ride like cesar canas smothered in oil.  Smooth, not greasy.

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2 hours ago, AndyT said:

However you are a different human than I, I weigh less than the average American woman and try to ride like cesar canas smothered in oil.  Smooth, not greasy.

lol

I do TRY to ride smooth.  But once and I while I just go full sack of bricks.  There are plenty of riders of 200 lbs though.

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only had one pair of pedals fail on me in 12 years of bashing; and they were wanky magnesium alloy ones. i'd probably give any pedal three years before getting paranoid.

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It's funny how there seems to be a weight threshold beyond which certain axles will snap very quickly, but if not exceeded they go on for a very long time. 

That said, I replace them when they're worn and don't grip well anymore. 

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I guess in theory  my steel axle ones would bend first?

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3 hours ago, cwtrials said:

I guess in theory  my steel axle ones would bend first?

Not likely, probably just shear off rather than bend.

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6 hours ago, Greetings said:

It's funny how there seems to be a weight threshold beyond which certain axles will snap very quickly, but if not exceeded they go on for a very long time. 

Probably fatigue of the metal that. Fatigue only kicks in past a certain load limit and cycles of load, below that threshold the metal can theoretically keep going for a long time without detriment. Knowing what that limit is is the real trick! Bit like bending a paper clip back and forth till it snaps.

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36 minutes ago, Daviesdt said:

Not likely, probably just shear off rather than bend.

Sounds horrible. On a related note I found some echo flats for super cheap. 

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Pedals don't cost much, if you have an OCD about breaking them it's a relatively cheap thing to overcome!

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6 hours ago, cwtrials said:

I guess in theory  my steel axle ones would bend first?

They snap unfortunately. The harder the steel, the more brittle it is.

Ti axles snap as well. 

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to give another opinion, I've definitely bent pedal axles (sometimes you only notice when you go on a friends bike and it feels similar to bent cranks) but I've never snapped them.

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I’d opt for a large tapered axle like the one in wellgo mg-1 pedals if you’re the paranoid type. I’ve snapped a echo cnc crank and still the wellgo pedals were fine

 

not the best pedals if you are a big pedal basher though (magnesium alloy body’s) 

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I've always used DMR V8 or V12 pedals and have never replaced them.

They go with the bike when it's sold, a new set gets fitted to the new bike.

I've never managed to break any, but then I don't ride big really.

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