Product Review: Siquar Pedals

THERE ARE MYRIAD CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING PEDALS for your bike. Many brands. Many styles. Many mechanisms to attach your foot and become one with the bike, and of course, pedals with no method to attach your foot to the bike--often called flat pedals.

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Siquar Manufacturing, a Taiwanese manufacturer of metal products has made their first flat bike pedal. My Siquar Pedals installed easily with an 8mm hex wrench. The pedal body is a unique design made from an aluminum alloy. The axles are CR-MO steel, and employ sealed bearings for a smooth spin. The pedals are incredibly light, weighing only 207g for the pair.

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Construction
The pedal body is smaller than most popular flat pedals on the market. It uses no pins for gripping a rider’s shoe, but provides a grippy, porous type of finish. Manufactured by CNC processing, these pedals have nothing to adjust or replace. Their efficient, one-piece design has a kind of “blade” or traction node that provides a one-way grip for the shoe. Additionally, there is a channel on the front and back of the pedal that could be used to insert a reflective panel to increase visibility in low light. The sealed bearings provide a very smooth spinning action. The entire unit appears clean, well thought out and professionally made.

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I wondered about the smaller pedal surface, but a 10-mile ride found them to be comfortable and grippy using my athletic shoes. They also worked well with my partner's soft soled, ladies shoes. The smaller size platform was virtually unnoticeable. I could imagine these pedals being installed on cruiser bikes, comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, city bikes or who knows? Pedal choices are as varied as the number of pedals on the market. Everyone has a favorite.

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There was no pricing information available at post time, but further information can found at the company’s website: www.siquar.com/  Also see: www.facebook.com/siquarhardwareindustry


Bike Touring in Washington State

Book Review:
Cycling Sojourner
A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE. If you’d like to plan a fantastic get-away. Or if you want to get back to basics and experience the countryside and a renewed sense of freedom, I can think of no better way than on a bicycle. And one of the best, most pristine locations in the US to do just that is Washington State.

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I’ve ridden my bike in 13 states, and have 37 to go to reach item #1 on my Bucket List. I’ve not ridden in Washington yet, but I know many cyclists who have, and who have shared their stories and photography with me. So, how serendipitous is it that bike tour leader and guidebook author Ellee Thalheimer has created Cycling Sojourner, the perfect guide book for me, and for anyone who wants to explore Washington from a whole new vantage point.

Get ready to hop on your bike and experience Washington state more intimately than anyone can in a motor vehicle. Never toured before? Don’t worry. If you can handle a bicycle, you can tour--no matter your age or level of experience.

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Thalheimer offers a variety of tours to fit nearly everyone’s budget, and all levels of cycle touring experience. She lays out the basics of getting ready, and does the legwork and research to make a Washington bike tour an experience of a lifetime. This book will guide you through untouched landscapes, snow capped mountains and river valleys laced with vineyards, and it provides advice on road conditions and terrain along the way. Thalheimer also shows you opportunities for lodging and campsites, eateries, wineries, brew houses, museums, parks, resorts, festivals, hiking and fishing venues, enjoyable side trips and much more.

Cycling Sojourner is a travel and guidebook written in a friendly “let me show you” style. It’s full of insider knowledge from cyclists who’ve done it, and the kind of nuts and bolts, how-to information that is so useful to newbies and experienced cyclists alike.

Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling Association, says this about Thalheimer: ...she acts as a convivial, detail oriented bike concierge who gives you insight into the best multi-day loop tours in the state, local culture, and the most delicious places to eat, drink, and see the sights. A “bike concierge”, that’s an appropriate description.

It’s a given among the cycling community at-large that Washington has some of the best cycling culture and infrastructure in the country. So if you’ve considered parking the car, locking up the house, and taking on a new adventure, a bicycle tour in Washington is a world-class way to do it. I recommend Cycling Sojourner for the valuable guidance it offers any cyclist planning a tour in Washington.

For more information on Thalheimer, Cycling Sojourner, or her other publications click here: http://cyclingsojourner.com/

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