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Review: Pedalite Pedals

by Commute by Bike

The Pedalite pedals are an innovative safety device that has three LED lights in each pedal. A rear red, middle yellow and front white. The lights are powered by a generator within the pedal body itself and, once you’ve been riding a bit, the lights will stay on through stops.

Pedalite Pedals

When I originally heard of the Pedalite pedals they were only available in the UK and I didn’t have a way to get my hands on a set. They’ve now made the jump across the pond and are available online at Pedalite North America and I was able to snag a pair to review.

Installation of the pedals was a snap as they go on and off like any other pedals. Since the generator is completely contained within the pedal, the installation involves a standard pedal wrench.

Pedalite Pedals

The first thing I noticed was the size of the pedals. They feel more like a freeride pedal than a road or commuter. And while it doesn’t effect my comfort or pedaling in any way, it doesn’t do much in terms of looks for the bike. I’m riding this simple, streamlined, 1-gear SE Lager and now have these big, bulky pedals attached to it.

Pedalite Pedals

If you can get past the looks of the pedal, you’ll dig the safety upgrades the Pedalites provides. I’m a fan, in general, of lights that don’t require batteries as it’s one less thing to worry about and creates less waste. So the Pedalites score big points with me there. Add in the fact that the lights are moving with your pedal stroke and stay on through stop lights and I would say these are one of the best safety upgrades you can do to your commuter bike.

Pedalite Pedals

It’s hard to put into words how the flashing lights work, so I took this small video of them. In the first half you can see the pedals and how the flashing works. In the second half, it’s hard to see but it shows another feature that Pedalites have. As the battery runs out after you stop riding the lights will eventually stop blinking. The cool part is the first light to stop blinking is the white light, then the yellow light and finally the red light. This means your red safety light will stay blinking the longest at stops.

The Pedalites also come with optional toe clips that are built specifically for these pedals which means an easy installation of two small bolts. It’s a nice addon if you’re into that sort of thing.

Over the last month I’ve put these pedals through the paces. I’ve banged them around some and ridden them through snow and ice, and I give the Pedalites two big thumbs up.

You can pick up a pair at Pedalite North America for $59.99 and the optional toe clips for an additional $10.

 
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19 Responses to “Review: Pedalite Pedals”

  1. Slippery Pete says:

    Cool lights.

    Do they also flash in daylight? If so, is it noticeable?

  2. Tim Grahl says:

    The lights run off the generator so they flash whenever you are pedaling. However, just like most lights, they aren’t very noticeable during the day.

  3. Ghost Rider says:

    Wow…those are cool as hell!

    Do the pedals stay in the proper orientation when you take your feet off them? In other words, are they weighted or something to keep the red light at the back, or are the pedals double-sided?

    I rather like platform-style pedals — and while they ARE chunky on a sleek bike, it gives you the freedom to wear regular shoes instead of something special. Flexibility is king for bike commuters!

  4. Spencer (Portland, Left Coast) says:

    How visible are they when you are peddaling? Does you heal block a direct view for most of the time?

    Also, What about rain and Grime? Seems like this area gets hammered on dark wet days and would also obsquire the lights.

    For $70, I think I would add an additional lights for the rear saddle level, rear helmet level and front bar and still have money left over for reflective tape and an beer to drown my sorrows at being such a safety geek.

    2cents

  5. kim says:

    A friend of mine has a bike with these on them and we’ve ridden a fair bit together. They obviously aren’t as bright as a planet bike superflash, but they’re a pretty good little set of single LED lights.

    @ Ghost- they don’t always stay in the same orientation. They do, however, have a slightly larger chunk look to one side, so you can tell if they’re flipped or not if you bother to check.

    @ Spencer- your heel doesn’t block the view from the back. I don’t know about grime. We rode in the rain on a tour together and I never had problems seeing his lights.

    My friend ended up pairing these with Reelights (magnet-driven rear and front lights) and he never needs a battery-powered light for his bike, although he does sometimes use one more headlight.

    Hope that answers some questions. I’ll try to get him to come over and take a look at the post.

  6. Mike Myers says:

    That’s a good idea. More lighting is always better, and lighting that takes no extra thought is better yet. Shame they’re so clunky at this point, but I would imagine the next version will be slimmer.

  7. Quinn Madell says:

    The Pedalites are an amazing product. I was doing a little mountain biking and they were put through rigorous outdoor elements. When I was finished, I washed them off and they looked brand new. When peddling at night, I was shocked how bright the LED lights were. Also, you can see the lights during the day but how bright do you actually need the lights for daytime. I do agree with one of the bloggers up top; I like how they fit any shoe and the product doesn’t force you to by special footware to use them.
    In all I have no complaints at all about the product and will recommend them to anyone.
    Good job pedalite on a great product.

  8. Dan says:

    I’m the friend of post #5. :)

    I have Pedalites on my bike and they are great. They are quite visible, charge up easily, keep blinking for a long time, and are tough — I wiped out on some ice recently and the pedal that struck the ground has only cosmetic damage.

    I would not recommend that these lights be your *only* means of visibility; they are pretty small and not terribly bright — but they are an excellent addition and the ease of use (put them on your bike and go) is unbeatable.

    Also check out Reelights — those mount on your axles and are powered by magnets in your spokes. With Reelights, Pedalites, and reflective tape, your visibility to others is excellent and you never ever need batteries.

  9. Brent says:

    Hey
    My wife found me a different brand of Pedals called Glowspek Safety Pedals from http://www.lightabike.com/Welcome.html. They are quite similar to the ones from Pedalite but They were 25$ in Brooklyn. They only light up when pedaling though.

  10. Davia says:

    These pedals are a great step forward with being eco friendly and all but the safety of the lights power is what i’m worried about. They don’t look like a powerful enough light for motorists to see you. Unless the motorist knows what he/she is looking for and most of the time they aren’t looking for you at all. I think they need to be brighter.

  11. Gael says:

    A couple of questions…

    I assume 9/16″? How much weight do these pedals have in total?

    Thanks

  12. Francis says:

    Any tried out the Dosun J-1 pedals? $50, lights for 90 seconds after stop pedaling, pedals can be oriented either way.

    https://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?products_id=485

  13. Francis says:

    Well I ordered the Dosun lights. Even though they are supposed to be the same size as my existing pedals (5/16″), they do not fit. The threads on the pedals are not tapered enough so it strips the aluminum crank’s threads.

  14. Mick says:

    These pedals are great. They easy to fit and use.
    The ultra bright l.e.d lights in the end of the pedals improve your visibility when you are riding and they even continue to show even when you are stopped.
    Drivers of vehicles give you more space when they pass because the lights are visible from 360 degrees. Many emergency services already use these pedals and I can understand why.
    The unique design of the pedals means the lights are powered without batteries and the initial costs are quickly recouped because of this saving.
    I think they are a must for all cyclists and are very environmentally friendly.
    I purchased mine from wwwsafetyre.co.uk who provided an excellent service with prompt delivery.

  15. jdmitch says:

    After using these for a couple of months (on my Trek Soho S), my ONLY complaint is that they get slick pretty easy. Most of this, I think, is them being one-sided and not weighted.

  16. Cynic says:

    Mick – you’re a shill, and your opinion is hardly reliable!

    You posted the exact same review on http://bicycling.about.com/od/bikeequipmentaccessories/fr/Pedalite.htm , only that time you gave your name as safetyre (the website you supposedly bought your pedals from). And safetyre sells these pedals…

  17. jdmitch says:

    Well, after a couple more months, I’ve moved on. The left pedal capacitor (at least I presume it’s the capacitor) failed completely rendering that side (the side closest to traffic) useless. This added to the slickness issue means I’m not bothering with a replacement. My reelights are way more reliable and, in my opinion, flexible.

  18. Hi This is Simon from Pedalite. I have recently read this message trail with interest and I spotted the post from jdmitch. I would like to answer this, thank you.
    First of all in over 40,000 KPL200 battery free 360 degree visibility pedal lights that are now on bicycles around the world we have had only a handful of problems. We are also very proud of the extensive testing that we do both in the lab (with continual mechanical cycling machines) and with real cyclists, such as Tony Doyle, the twice world champion cyclist, and a team of cyclists that took part in the London to Southend ride last year.

    Second regarding the slick comments, our KPL200 pedal lights (which are also weighted – I note there was a comment about this earlier) are usually complemented on their grip so I am wondering if you have a set of our original early model pedals that did not have steel grips ?

    Finally, if you have had any kind of problem with any of our products please get in touch with us (email contact details on the pedalite website) and we will be delighted to help you. If you do have a set of our older earlier model pedal lights then we may even help with upgrading these. As I said at the beginning of this post, we are proud of our customer service and welcome the opportunity to address any issue that you might have.

    Thank you for allowing me to post this response to come of the comments here.

  19. Argle says:

    Responses to earlier posts: It would seem that, as long as you have the toe clips, the red light will always be to the rear of the pedal.

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