In my rush to get this up earlier today, I forgot to mention that the much lighter Tim “Scissors” rode the BEBOP pedals. Here are Scissor’s thoughts:
You know what I like about quality pedals? Not thinking about them. I just wanna clip in and ride. Sea Otter 2009 introduced us to BEBOP, one of the lesser known brands of pedals but interestingly enough they have used by riders winning multiple NORBA and Triathlon championships. Currently I’m riding Old Candy one Ti Pedals and until recently I have not given them much thought. Cruising around Sea Otter we come across the BEBOP booth and then suddenly I start thinking about my pedals.
The BEBOP pedal design is a universal design meant to be used by MTN Bike riders and road riders alike. It is a very simplistic design weighing in at 210 grams a pair for cromoly and 195 grams a pair for stainless, a Ti version is available as well said to weigh around 150 grams. They come with needle ball cartridge bearings and heat treated spindles. They guys at BEBOP set me up on stationary bike with pedals installed and some 661 Mtn Bike shoes with cleats already installed. The first thing I noticed was the entry into the pedal, you press straight down unlike what I am used to, toe first and then rock backwards. Once in the pedal cleat fit felt very firm and secure, no problems there. To exit the pedals, you turn your foot 15 degrees outward or 5 degrees inward. Overall the pedals were easy to use and felt secure. Getting used to the entry system will come with use and I’m pretty sure I would use it as an excuse to ride more which is what we all need to do, right?