Relatively few upgrades have as lasting an effect as changing your bike’s contact points — saddle, handlebars, and pedals. Pedals in particular are often overlooked in our quest to go faster, but whether you’re a pro triathlete looking for the most aerodynamic bike out there or simply a weekend warrior trying to get as much power out of each pedal stroke so you can conquer some big mountain climbs, upgrading your pedals should be as important as splurging on that carbon wheelset. That’s because a good pair makes you forget that your feet have been locked into your bike for a few hours as you power through the toughest parts of a ride. We’ve got the best road bike pedals for every budget and type of rider so you can get the most from your effort when you turn the cranks.
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