The Lifespan of a Bell Bicycle Pedal = Two Big Weeks

A couple weeks back I posted a big tutorial on installing new bike pedals (See How He Uses a Spanner.., Gravy Bread, Aug. 5)—those pedals being Bell Universal Fit Comp Bicycle Pedals, purchased at good ole Walmart. I didn’t honestly expect these pedals to last as long as the previous ones they replaced, which made it very nearly to the three-year mark, three very grueling years. I did, however, expect the new ones to make it for at least one year. Ha! How about 18 big days? That’s right. Catastrophic failure of the right pedal—installed on Aug. 3—occurred the night of Aug.20, on my way home, and this in fairly dangerous traffic. Luckily my foot was able to grip the remaining metal shaft enough to get me over some railroad tracks and out of the way of several cars behind me as we went through a busy intersection. After traffic cleared, I rode back to the spot near the tracks where the pedal had fallen off. Examination later, as shown in these pictures, reveals a complete separation of the middle part from the rest of the pedal. How can something meant for such a serious, grueling endeavor as bike pedaling be so shoddily made? I will be taking this back with the receipt, but without the original packaging (I threw it out) I’m not sure what to expect. I’m more baffled than pissed off. A company is mass manufacturing a product so unsuited and inadequate for its purpose – on the shelves of every Walmart, and that’s a lot of stores with a lot of shitty Bell bike pedals, if indeed, they were made with the same bad plastic or design. Guess I’ll be heading for the bike shop for pedals after all. -EG

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2 Responses to The Lifespan of a Bell Bicycle Pedal = Two Big Weeks

  1. Rick says:

    Now this is an unfortunate turn of events…having experienced the installation of those damned pedals here (chapter,verse & footnotes, lavishly illustrated) – as well as assembling my own new bike at the time – I’m gonna hafta cop a Zen attitude re impermanence, safety issues notwithstanding.

    But on the other hand, Cher had three goes at her nose & it seems to be holding up OK. Maybe she got it done right at the bike shop.

    RH

  2. John says:

    Mine lasted two months before my left pedal failed in the exact same place as yours. Walmart has got to know about this. It’s a shame that they don’t care about their reputation.

    John

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