In Germany the Reverse pedal is called the ‘park pedal’. I like to imagine that young and old happy couples are strolling through urban parks, with picnic baskets full of neon orange pedals, happily munching on the nickel plated axles, licking the grease off the threads. Alas, I think they mean ‘mountain bike park’ pedals, which is a bit more boring. What makes a pedal good for a mountain bike park? If I had to guess, it’d be something about durability. But, having never been to a mountain bike park, and with no desire to ever do so, it’s hard for me to say.
Sometimes, in the late afternoon, my neighbor, who is an idiot, decides to ride their dirt bike around in small circles on their lawn. It’s a micro motor cross course, with the longest stretch maybe being 23 yards, so they’re constantly accellerating and decellerating. It’s as charming as you can imagine. Oh good, he stopped. Hopefully a sink hole opened up.
Reverse pedals are not the biggest pedals, so if you are doing long rides with big feet, pick something else. The Spank Oozy, or the One Up or the Deftrap. Any of those. But if you have size 8 or smaller feet, or are only going on a town ride or a 2 hour mountain bike ride, these are grippy, durable pedals.
But really, why should you get Reverse pedals? These colors. They’re outta control. Neon Yellow. Hot ass orange. Three friggin’ shades of green. No chain is strong enough to keep these pedals on said chain. True artisans will buy three to four pairs, and mix and match colors on different bikes. Be bold, be dangerous, be you!