Best commuter bike pedals 2024 - our picks rated and reviewed

From flats to clipless SPDs, we've sorted through the best commuter bike pedals for your daily commute

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The best commuter bike pedals can really make a difference to your ride to work. As a ‘touch point’, pedals are an important choice for any cyclist, but for the commuter they need to deliver during the ride as well as being compatible with the best commuter cycling shoes that enable you to walk safely when you’re off the bike. Navigating busy streets, office steps or slippery hallways wearing road cycling shoes with cleats can be a recipe for disaster, particularly when it's wet.

Your choice is therefore likely to be between flat pedals that allow you to ride with ‘regular’ shoes or off-road gravel bike pedals (confusingly, although your shoes clip in to these pedals they're referred to as 'clipless pedals') that work with recessed SPD style cleats and cycling shoes that have a walkable grip on the sole.

Which of those you decide upon will largely come down to preference. However there are a couple of points to consider. If your commute is over many miles, with long stretches of road outside of a city or town centre, then you might benefit from riding clipped in; you’ll enjoy greater foot retention as well as improved pedalling efficiency and overall speed. 

But if your ride to work is shorter, or takes place entirely within the city limits, then flat pedals could be the way forward. It means you don’t need to wear cycling specific shoes and you can put your feet down with ease, no matter the density of traffic.

Here’s our pick of the best pedals for commuting to work, which we've arranged into clipless and flat pedal options. Lower down, we've also got a couple of pointers to help you choose between the two.

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Flat pedals

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Clipless pedals

The best flat pedals for commuting: our picks

Best overall flat pedals

Crankbrothers Stamp 3s which are among the best commuter bike pedals

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Best overall flat pedals for design and performance

Specifications

Construction: Magnesium Alloy with chromoly axle
Weight: 351g
Colours: Black, Grey

Reasons to buy

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Very grippy
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Lightweight - 350 grams per pair
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Low profile
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Fully serviceable

Reasons to avoid

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The stock grub screws aren’t doubled-sided – if you mash one it’ll need drilling out

The Stamp 3 Small pedals blend build quality with style. There are cheaper flats of course - they retail at $139.99 / £139.99 - but if you’re after something a little more premium, but still without totally breaking the bank, these are a great option.

For commuters the smaller size, which measures 100x100mm, means it won't catch on stairs or other obstacles you’re likely to encounter on your way to the office. However, if you have larger feet, or want to use the pedals for off-road use as well you may want to opt for the larger size.

The rather elegant and slim pedal body - just 16mm in depth -  also means that it won’t look out of place on one of the best commuter bikes, whether it’s a flat bar hybrid or a drop bar all-road machine.

As for the grip, there are 10 adjustable pins on each side that can be screwed in or out - for the daily commute we’d suggest winding them in a little. Your shoes and your shins will thank you!

The bearings are fully serviceable, with Crankbrothers providing a pedal refresh kit. Coupled with the magnesium alloy body this should mean that the Stamp 3s have a long shelf life and stand up well to the rigours of year-round commuting.

Read more: Crankbrothers Stamp 3 Small full review

Best budget flat pedals

Upgrade Crosstown Poly which are among the best commuter bike pedals

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Best budget flat pedals with plenty of grip

Specifications

Construction: Polypropylene
Weight: 327g
Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

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Value for money - around $20/£20
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Non-slip finish
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Built-in reflectors

Reasons to avoid

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No pins if you're looking for extra grip

A regular commute can be hard on your bike and its various components. Some choose to combat this by buying expensive bits that are built to last or can be easily serviced. The other approach is to opt for cheaper parts, which are robust enough for the job, but aren't too nice to get dirty, and can then be replaced without breaking the bank.

Upgrade's Crosstown pedals fit into the latter category, thanks to their $21.34 / £20.00 price tag. But they deliver a level of performance that you might expect from a more expensive offering.

On review, we found them to be grippy with good foot retention, even when wearing traditional soled shoes in the wet. To help achieve this the pedals have a slight concave profile as well as a surface that looks like sandpaper. However, despite appearances, it stayed firmly glued to the plastic pedal body during review. 

Other notable features include built-in reflectors - something of a must-have for flat commuter pedals - and bearings (or perhaps bushings) that ran smoothly for the length of the review period.

Read more: Upgrade Crosstown commuter bike pedals full review

Best flat pedals for durability

Raceface Aeffects which are among the best commuter bike pedals

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Best flat pedal for durability

Specifications

Construction: Body: 6061 aluminium , Axle: Chromoly steel
Weight: 375g
Colours: Black, red, blue

Reasons to buy

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Grippy
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Serviceable 
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Replaceable pins
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Robust

Reasons to avoid

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Quite chunky

Designed for trail use, the Aeffect pedal also makes sense for commuters looking for a robust flat pedal that’ll work in all weathers.

Made from aluminium, with a serviceable steel axle, the smaller platform is well-suited to off-trail pursuits, hitting a sweet spot between support and size. However, for your ride to work you’ll probably want to wind the pins in somewhat to help save the soles of your shoes! Each pedal has 10 pins with an Allen socket on the reverse side. The hexagonal pins can also be removed using a small spanner. The axle is equally serviceable, and only requires an Allen key for its removal.

On test, we found them to be as robust as they look. There are other slimmer options out there, and depending on your bike, you might wish to match it with something a little less chunky than the Aeffect. However, if you’re looking for a pair of reasonably priced, serviceable flat pedals that can take the punishment of a year-round commute then these are worthy of consideration.

Read more: Race Face Aeffect commuter bike pedals full review

Best value flat pedals

Look Geo Citys which are among the best commuter bike pedals

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Good value flats but not overly grippy

Specifications

Construction: Composite with chromoly axle
Weight: 338g
Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

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Affordable - $40/£32
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Well-made with smooth running bearings
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Easy maintenance 
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Integrated reflectors

Reasons to avoid

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Not very grippy despite textured surface

Look’s Geo City is an affordable option for commuters requiring a no-nonsense flat pedal. The composite body features a stud and molded rubber grip system, with the material and the design aimed at providing a dependable platform regardless of the weather.

The pedals are aided by high performance bearings and steel axles. The bearing end cap is removable, which should make them serviceable, while the bearings ran smoothly throughout the review period. Essentially, the Geo City is a good looking pedal that’s well made and displays all the hallmarks of being both reliable and durable.

However, on test we did find that the level of grip offered was dependent on the shoes we wore. In trainers, or sneakers, it was fine, although not as secure as you’d perhaps like. In office shoes, which typically have little tread on the sole, we had to pedal carefully to avoid our foot slipping. That said, the large platform did make foot placement easy

Read more: Look Geo City pedals full review

Best flat pedals for grip

Look Trail Grip, which are among the best commuter bike pedals available

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Best flat pedals for grip in the wet

Specifications

Construction:
Weight: 265g per pedal
Colours: Black, Red, Lime, Camo

Reasons to buy

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Grippy but not aggressive
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Replaceable pads
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Integrated reflectors
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Serviceable

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey for plastic - $75.00 / £64.90

While they may have ‘trail’ in their name, these flat pedals from Look are well-suited to the daily commute.

They feature Vibram Active Grip inserts - Vibram make footwear soles for outdoor pursuits - which use a vulcanized rubber with composite studs to deliver grip. During the review period, we can attest to this; we used the pedals in some horrible weather conditions and the Vibram Trail Grip pad provided a secure platform for urban riding at all times. We didn’t suffer a single slip while riding around in both trainers (sneakers) and hard soled boots, while the decent sized platform meant that we didn’t miss the pedal ever, either

The Vibram pads are replaceable and swapping them out was a cinch. The necessary T20 hex key and 8 spare screws are included. The replacement pads aren’t cheap but it does mean you can extend the life of the pedals rather than buy a new pair. The rest of the pedal isn’t serviceable however, with bushings used rather than bearings.

Read more: Look Trail Grip commuter bike pedal full review

Best flat pedals for color choice

Raceface Ride which are among the best commuter bike pedals

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Best flats with a wide choice of colours

Specifications

Construction: Composite nylon with chromoly axles
Weight: 320g
Colours: Nine including Black, Red and Orange

Reasons to buy

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Keenly priced - $39.99/£34.95
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Wide choice of colours
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Serviceable

Reasons to avoid

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Not as grippy as some rival pedals

The Raceface Ride pedals are a solid option for commuters who require a flat pedal that's not overly aggressive in its design. 

Made from a robust composite nylon, the Ride features a slim, concave design, with built-in traction treads and molded traction pins for extra sure footing. The lack of any metal here is a bonus for those who want to protect their shins, while the chromoly axles and bearings should be durable and can be serviced when needed.

During our test, the pedals performed well, although the level of grip did differ depending on the shoes we wore. The pedals were at their best when combined with a dedicated flat soled trail shoe but did slip a little when we were wearing regular tennis shoes.

Read more: Raceface Race commuter bike pedals full review

Best all-rounder

DMR V6s which are among the best commuter bike pedals

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Grippy, affordable with wide colour range

Specifications

Construction: Nylon body with chromoly axle
Weight: 327g
Colours: 10 including black, blue and pink

Reasons to buy

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Affordable - just $32/£20
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Grippy
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Shin-friendly
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Reflectors

Reasons to avoid

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Pins aren't that durable
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Non-serviceable

While the V6 is aimed at off-road riders looking for a budget pedal, it perhaps works better as a reliable commuter option.

Made from nylon it’s lightweight - about 320g for the pair - and won’t shred your shins if you have to stop abruptly in traffic or find yourself carrying your bike up and down stairs. On review we found that the 10 pins provided ample grip without being too harsh on the soles of our shoes. The V6s wide, concave shape also aided foot retention.

At this price point something has to give however, and in the case of the V6s it’s the use of non-serviceable bushings. It means they don’t spin as smoothly as pedals that use bearings. In fact, we’d go as far as to say they are stiff, with no let up over the test period. However, if you can live with this then they’re a solid option.

Read more: DMR V6 commuter bike pedals full review

The best clipless pedals for commuting: our picks

Best overall clipless pedal