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Pro Pedals????.....(16 posts)

Pro Pedals????.....rhino505
Jun 25, 2001 10:24 PM
Just curious what the most common pedals in the pro peloton are. I know it doesn't really matter, but it would be interesting to know what pedals guys like Lance ride on.

re: Pro Pedals????.....Atombomber
Jun 25, 2001 10:54 PM
Lance uses pre-SPD Shimano pedals that are copies of Look. They are heavy, but he likes them.
Jun 26, 2001 6:23 AM
FWIW, there are some Viatel Mercury riders on Speedplays.
Would it not make sense...Cima Coppi
Jun 26, 2001 6:55 AM
for the whole team to be using the same pedals? What if the team leader were in a situation where he needed to take a bike from another teammate, and the pedals were different?
Would it not make sense...Larry Meade
Jun 26, 2001 8:13 AM
Often the team leader would not be able to ride a teammates bike anyway. Imagine Armstrong trying to ride on Hincapie's bike. Many pro teams don't have sponsors for things like shoes and pedals. The riders are allowed to seek their own sponsorship for these items. Usually when a leader is in trouble, he is needing a new wheel which a teammate will give up. A spare bike is rarely far behind and often if the leader crashes hard enough to destroy the bike, he is not in a real hurry to get back on...;-)
Speedplay is in the minority thoughColnagoFE
Jun 26, 2001 8:21 AM
most use looks or times
Jun 26, 2001 8:37 AM
To my knowledge, Mercury Viatel is one of the only pro teams that have a pedal sponsor.
Lance rides boat anchorsColnagoFE
Jun 26, 2001 8:20 AM
old style D/a looks i think. heavy as sin. not sure why he doesn't switch. even times would be lighter.
Lance rides boat anchorsjaybird
Jun 26, 2001 9:13 AM
it is most likely a superstition. the comfort from having something that you like far outweighs (underweighs in this case) the other options...
Lance rides boat anchorsDavid Feldman
Jun 26, 2001 9:33 AM
Amateur racers that I know cherish and covet those pedals, Dura Ace 7401's. They say that it's the best version of the Look pedal ever made, with serviceable bearings and a super-strong retention mechanism. Riders that are weight weenies about everything else will still use them. Some riders still feel undersupported with the Speedplay, like the cleat doesn't completely compensate for the small size of the pedal.
seems kinda funnyColnagoFE
Jun 26, 2001 11:33 AM
when he rides his climbing bike which weighs in a little over 15 lbs to be riding such heavy pedals though. i mean looks are looks from the ones i've used. even the cheap wellgo clones seem to work fine.
seems kinda funnyJerry Gardner
Jun 26, 2001 12:11 PM
when he rides his climbing bike which weighs in a little over 15 lbs to be riding such heavy pedals though.

"It's not about the bike" - Lance Armstrong
If it's not about the bikeColnagoFE
Jun 26, 2001 3:49 PM
then why does he use those trick carbon wheels and last year used that custom LS blade? I'm sure he'd kick nearly anyone's butt on a huffy, but it's somewhat about the bike. Lance doesn't ride crap and his climbing bike is only a little over the legal 15 lbs.
Lance rides boat anchorsSteve R
Jun 26, 2001 6:42 PM
Maybe those pedals are the thing that makes his 15 pound bike legal. He must know something, he keeps winning that French race.
If you pedal smoothly a few ounces does not matter.Doll Face
Jun 26, 2001 11:46 PM
You have a few extra ounces going down and going up at the same time.
Maybe during acceleration it may hurt abit. Time Pedals are not exactly lightweight either.
I agree BUT...ColnagoFE
Jun 27, 2001 8:30 AM
people contantly obsess over a few grams here and there. Lance is using trick carbon wheels and lightweight components everywhere else and pedals are rotational weight. Good place to lose weight from a bike. I think it must be some superstition of his to stick with those pedals. Whatever works I guess.