QUESTION: I get your emails and I have a question that I’d love to see addressed. There’s been some press about the company Peloton has had a recall of their pedals which reportedly have caused a number of accidents by shearing off. Here’s one article about it: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/peloton-recalls-pedals-after-multiple-injuries-what-to-know
I am completely mystified by this. I have never heard of pedals shearing off an I would guess my pedals (speedplay frogs) are well over 15 years old. Is this unique to this company or is there a real issue and should I (and other riders) be replacing pedals regularly? — David D
RBR REPLIES: I don’t have any special information about Peloton, but I have a theory about what might have happened. I own a Stages SB20 smart bike myself, which is very similar in construction to a spin bike or the Peloton.
My Stages SB20 is a big, heavy beast that weighs over 100 pounds. It is completely solid, like a piece of furniture. When I climb on it, I’ve noticed that I tend to put a lot of weight on one pedal, because the bike doesn’t move at all or lean over like a regular bicycle would when you climb on.
What I suspect could have happened is that Peloton might have under-engineered that first pedal so that it sometimes failed when people put all their weight on it climbing onto the bike. Again, I have no special knowledge. I am just guessing, based on my own experience with a similar type of indoor bike.
I run Dura Ace pedals on my Stages smart bike that are probably at least 10 years old and I don’t really worry that they will break. I’ve got a cyclist’s build though, and only weigh around 150 pounds.
It never hurts to regularly check all your important contact points on your bike like your handlebars, seatpost, saddle and pedals to make sure they aren’t cracked or bent. Just recently our Tech Talk expert Jim Langley wrote a column that mentioned a reader’s saddle or seatpost failure, and there were several reader comments about similar failures.
Overall, I’d say that pedals on a road bicycle probably don’t face the same type of stress as on a stationary bike. Even so, I still feel safe on my decade-old Dura Ace pedals on the Stages smart bike, because I believe them to be well made.
I’d be curious to know if any readers have ever broken a pedal, and under what circumstances.