Last winter I found myself temporarily in possession of more bicycles than pedals. While I could have simply swapped pedals between bikes, I opted for the path of least resistance and decided to purchase another pair of pedals. My criteria were simple–good grip, all-metal construction, sealed bearings, and a street price of $50-$60. Using my best Google-Fu, I determined that VP Component’s Vice ticked all those boxes, so I picked up a pair in the basic black colorway.
Having ridden hundreds of miles on costlier pedals with bigger platforms and longer, sharper pins, I had my doubts that the Vices would live up to my expectations. Turns out, I was wrong; very, very wrong. Despite the Vice’s smaller platform and shorter pins, I never found the VP pedals lacking in traction or support. And with a maintenance program that has consisted of little more than neglect, the Vices’ bearings have handled snow, rain, and sub-freezing temperatures with aplomb.
Is VP’s Vice the ultimate platform pedal? It all depends on how you look at it. It’s not the biggest, or the lightest, or the flashiest, but it’s affordable, absurdly reliable, easy to service, and offers better traction than some pedals that cost twice as much. Would I buy another pair? Absolutely. Having surpassed my initial requirement of good enough, the Vice pedals have earned a permanent place in my workshop.