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keeping pedals clean???(2 posts)

keeping pedals clean???filipo23
Nov 24, 2003 12:17 PM
The snow- and mud-heavy race here in Boulder this past weekend opened my eyes to the importance of good (i.e., mud-clearing) pedals. The problem was the snow was wet enough to attach itself to the pedals, which made it easier for mud to attach itself to the pedals and stay there: Once the snow/mud got on there, the air streaming over the pedals as I rode was cold enough to freeze the mixture, making it even harder to bang off with my cleats. By lap 2.5, it was like riding on two frozen, mud-covered tennis balls. (Which of course made it nearly impossible to control the bike, especially over the dips and bumps that are a hallmark of this particular course. That said, 33rd out of 40 wasn't TOO bad a placing, right?)

Any suggestions, other than buying new pedals? I have Time Aliums, and normally they work fine, mud-clearing wise, but the addition of freezing snow did them in. I saw one guy getting ready for the Pro race by putting antifreeze on his pedals and cleats. Comments?
re: keeping pedals clean???RFN
Nov 24, 2003 1:36 PM
The traditional method is to hose your pedals and cleats down with PAM - the same stuff you use to keep brownies from sticking to the pan. Does a good job in helping prevent mud buildup, but I don't know how it will deal with the freezing stuff.

I'm not sure, but I don't think getting the "butter flavored" PAM makes it more effective. Tastier, perhaps.