First Impressions: Xpedo SPRY Platform Pedals

Thanks to their adoption by mountain bikers, BMXers, and urban riders, flat pedals have enjoyed a major resurgence in popularity. Unlike those oldschool platform pedals, modern flats deliver vastly improved grip and performance that often rivals their clipless counterparts.  One key contributor to flat pedals’ performance is size. Bigger platforms offer additional support, which translates into better grip and more comfort. Unfortunately, bigger almost always means heavier. It’s not uncommon for a pair of MTB-style pedals to weigh 400 grams or more. To reduce the weight, manufacturers often scale down the platform size (reducing traction) or utilize exotic materials (increasing cost). But Taiwanese pedal giant Xpedo flips the script by offering weight-conscious riders an affordable option with the company’s $79 SPRY platform model.

With an actual weight of 270 grams (pair, stock pins), the SPRY is one of the lightest platform pedals available.

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Under Test: Selle Anatomica X2 Saddle

The X2 features a cast aluminum frame, stainless steel rails, and leather top with reinforcing laminate.

I’ve been a fan of Selle Anatomica saddles for many years. At one point, I owned more of the US-made saddles than I did bicycles. Eventually I wore out all but one of them (the saddles, not the bikes). But as luck would have it, Selle Anatomica introduced their new X2 model right around the time I was getting ready to replace my X1 saddle.

Can the new X2 match the legendary comfort of the company’s previous offerings while offering improved durability? Stay tuned…

Things I Like: Spurcycle Bell

Bicycling can be an expensive activity. The best equipment often comes with a price tag that’s beyond many riders’ budgets. While the $49 Spurcycle bell certainly ain’t cheap, it’s generally regarded as the finest bicycle bell available at any price. And after using one for more than a year, I’d have to agree. My personal Spurcycle bell has seen duty on every single bike I’ve ridden during that period. Bikes may come and go, but that bell–like my favorite saddle and pedals–always gets transferred from bike to bike.

Spurcycle’s packaging is as elegant as the product itself.

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