RE: [CR] WTT: 1971 Campagnolo Record Pedals.

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From: "Bob Hanson" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 19:11:53 -0600
Subject: RE: [CR] WTT: 1971 Campagnolo Record Pedals.

I really like Ted Ernst's idea of "modifying" Campy road pedals... BUT, I don't have the nerve to alter a set (of my own) with a saw.

I now use the same pedals on several of my bikes as the ones which had originally come as stock pedals on my old Helyett 'Speciale - Piste' (track bike) ... back in the 1960s.

These are the Lyotard "Marcel Berthet" Mod. 23. Originally intended for use as track pedals, they have essentially a solid flat top (with just a slight bar toward the rear for slotted nail-on cletes) the only intrusion onto the top is a small nib above the spindle nearest the cranks.

They're great for riding with even non-cleted casual cycling shoes. Single-sided and absolutely must be used with toe clips & straps, They feature a prominent read "tongue" to help kick the pedals up for entry. Completely made of chromed steel, yet weight is still well under 400 grams/ pair... with steel clips & leather straps, figure maybe 500 grams.

Second choice in my Quill Pedal Hall of Fame is the Lyotard Mod. 460. Simple double-sided quill pedal with alloy barrel and alloy cage. May be used with tennis shoes on your City bike - and even without clips & straps.

These really were intended as Touring pedals. Unlike many "Racing pedals of the day, they do not have all the annoying raised nibs to channel or cradle your narrow Italian leather racing shoes on your now stunted little American feet. There is only a single nib above the spindle - again, closest to the crank arms, which is exactly where it "should" be - to keep your shoes from gouging your priceless crank arms. Around 330 grams / pair.

BOTH of those pedals had been around since at least as far back as the 1950s in their final forms, and were being produced till perhaps early 1980s. So, chances are, they'll be period correct for most of our bikes.

I really cannot believe how small my feet were 35 years ago... or rather how much they have grown once released from the bondage of those old Detta Pietros.

If anyone has further pedal suggestions, I'd love to discover any old gems I may have overlooked.

Bob Hanson, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA