THERE ARE MYRIAD CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING PEDALS for your bike. Many brands. Many styles. Many mechanisms to attach your foot and become one with the bike, and of course, pedals with no method to attach your foot to the bike--often called flat pedals.
Siquar Manufacturing, a Taiwanese manufacturer of metal products has made their first flat bike pedal. My Siquar Pedals installed easily with an 8mm hex wrench. The pedal body is a unique design made from an aluminum alloy. The axles are CR-MO steel, and employ sealed bearings for a smooth spin. The pedals are incredibly light, weighing only 207g for the pair.
The pedal body is smaller than most popular flat pedals on the market. It uses no pins for gripping a rider’s shoe, but provides a grippy, porous type of finish. Manufactured by CNC processing, these pedals have nothing to adjust or replace. Their efficient, one-piece design has a kind of “blade” or traction node that provides a one-way grip for the shoe. Additionally, there is a channel on the front and back of the pedal that could be used to insert a reflective panel to increase visibility in low light. The sealed bearings provide a very smooth spinning action. The entire unit appears clean, well thought out and professionally made.
I wondered about the smaller pedal surface, but a 10-mile ride found them to be comfortable and grippy using my athletic shoes. They also worked well with my partner's soft soled, ladies shoes. The smaller size platform was virtually unnoticeable. I could imagine these pedals being installed on cruiser bikes, comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, city bikes or who knows? Pedal choices are as varied as the number of pedals on the market. Everyone has a favorite.