Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

October 9, 2008

and don’t come back!

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 1:58 pm

a pile of eggbeaters

I got rid of every pair of eggbeaters on every bike in my possession today. I’ve wanted to love them since I first saw the simple yet (supposedly) effective design. I wanted them to work like they *should* have done – clearing mud like it wasn’t there, weighing next to nothing, making routine servicing simple – but they turned out to be pants.
I persevered, hoping eaach time a pair died that the next pair would be improved, but they never were. I tried the basic “c” ones, the expensive (and uber lightweight) “ti” ones, various incarnations of the “caged” ones and they all fell below what i would expect.
They all died prematurely and, although some were servicable (not that replacment bearings were cheap), they never lasted very long once fettled with (yes, i serviced them properly)…in fact the only thing with a shorter lifespan than the pedals were the cleats, which appeared to be made of cheese!

So i’m off them and back on shimano SPDs, which have already impressed me with their hearty CLICK as you clip in and obvious CLICK as you unclip (no more scary “oh look my foot appears to have popped out of the pedal while i wasn’t looking and now i’m wildly out of control” moments).
They weigh a bit more (even the xtr ones on the scandal), don’t have the nice minimalist look of the eggbeaters and proably won’t be as good in thick claggy mud (though I am assured by various people that they’re much better than they used to be), but I know both they and their cleats will last longer, provide more stability and not be the cause of so much frustration so it’s worth it!

Saying all that, the latest pair of eggbeater C’s have only been used once* and are pretty much “almost as new”…so if you want to buy them off me for a tenner feel free – I’ll even throw in 2 pairs of cleats 😉

here is a random photo from the tour of britain, when it passed through liverpool. The nice british rider who jumped off the front of the bunch was kind enough to stare straight at me…while i complletely failed to focus in on him, ho hum!

blurry tour of britain piccie

*for the 3 peaks cyclocross race

7 Comments

  1. Good man , finally you see the light !

    i always here of all these “satisfied” 2 pure customers who have their pedals replaced or repaired underwarrenty ….

    im rocking a 3 year old pair of pd520s (the basic 29.99 jobs) on my race bike … they are dying but still good and usable !

    of course all great if you mind your shoes eh !!

    Comment by Terry Davidson — October 9, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  2. I always buy the cheapest cheap SPDs on eBay each season (got three pairs in one buy for £44 incl postage last month) and stick the old ones if any good in the kit box for emergencies.

    It’s not worth bothering with expensive ones if you spend half your life servicing them ‘because they’re expensive’.

    Comment by Dave Haygarth — October 10, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  3. There’s a fundamental flaw in a pedal that needs a servicing kit. Time ATACS however live for ever (nearly) without even a drop of oil.

    Comment by Rich — October 10, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  4. Aye Time just work and work and work and work, for what seems like forever, in fact the only times I’ve ever got rid of were so welded into cranks on my old commuter that when the bike went so did the pedals, ace things they are.

    Comment by Raouligan — October 10, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  5. wot they said. get rid of those SPD’s now and get yourself some Time ATACs mate 😉

    I’ve never broken one of them.

    Comment by terrahawk — October 11, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

  6. Oh I remember the foot suddenly waving around in the air when your using too much body english. I got down to one working set and ditched them. Back on LX SPDs as they are cheap and work.
    Never used Time and probably never will as Shimano are cheaper and work fine.

    Comment by Tom — October 12, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  7. Never had a problem with them, but thats cause i use mallets, however for the price you pay for them surely they could get rid of the cheese bushings and place a sealed bearing in there? cause our hobby/sport is not expensive at all!!

    Comment by Wayne — October 12, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

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