Self-present: Speedplay Zero Pedals

One of the more embarassing things as a bicyclist is the trip to the bike shop to fix a crash-broken part. Wounds heal, but the $200 you spent on new parts ain't ever coming back. There's the additional shame of explaining to the bike tech how your broken part came to be. Note: if your crash was doing something cool, this is your chance for a glorious retelling; if your crash was stupid, as mine generally are, this is where you try to change the subject. However, one can always cover for your shame by buying even more parts for your bike to upgrade the parts that aren't broken. Instead of spending $200 to fix a stupid mistake, you're spending $300 to make your bike more awesome.

I went to the Offramp in Mountain View to seek out a new set of rims as my front wheel was pronounced DOA from my minor bicycle somersault. As I was paying for a new set of Mavic Aksium Race rims ($200), I noticed some Speedplay Zero pedals sitting in the display counter, where I imagine they are placed for people like me to notice them. I've wanted Speedplay pedals ever since I demoed them at the SF Grand Prix. They felt oh-so-smooth on my knees to get in and out of, and I felt much more connected to the pedal than with SPD cleats. The need to buy back my biker self-esteem and an upcoming birthday presented an easy choice of action: buy! The Offramp helped as well, offering the chro-moly model to me for $99, which is cheaper than a lot of sites online.

I haven't had the chance to give them a full spin, but I eagerly await. I have noticed that they aren't nearly as easy to ride in street shoes as SPD pedals -- I once rode a criterium in street shoes with SPD pedals -- but that is just an observation, not a criticism. Some good, knee-friendly riding awaits!

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