Pedals are underrated as contact points. Folks talk about pedal weight, efficiency, clipless or not, but they rarely bring up how they feel under foot. It's an anathema to bring up how comfortable the shoe is you're riding in when you are not riding. We reckon pedals are at least as import as handlebars, grips or bar tape and a saddle. New bikes usually come with corny plastic pedals. They’re disposable, small, offer no traction. They’re junk. Recently, lots of folks have rediscovered that riding with platform pedals is way more pleasurable than clipping in. Here’s the rub: there are a ton of platform pedals out there. How to choose the best pair? We wrote up a shortish article on pedals. Check it out here.
Deity’s Black Kat pedals are wide, long, durable, thin, reasonably priced, and good looking. You can rebuild them. They have 34% more surface area than a pair of VP Gripsters or VP 001 pedals. More sealed bearings too. You can service them while the spindle is installed on the crank. Rebuild kits are affordable. They come in rad colors. Really comfortable. Ride in Tevas all day, and you’re feet will be stoked. A perfect pedal for mountain biking, touring, commuting, wandering, randoneeuring, whatevering.