Platform pedals, to me have always been the most realistic way to pedal a bicycle around. Call me crazy, some do, I admit, but a good platform allows one the freedom to wear any type of footwear over any terrain, and have the ability to utilize the same given footwear in double duty to hike, swim, or simply hang out or kick back. A good platform is comfortable as well.
I have gone through, over the years, many types of platforms, from cheapy, entry level DH pedals, to boutique, high dollar ones. All of them had either a combination of bearings and bushings, or some merely had bearings alone. All of them developed into gritty, heinous feeling instruments after a period of usage, which, either rendered them useless, or required a tedious rebuild, which only prolonged their destiny to the junk pedal box.
I recently ordered a pair of the outstanding Grand Cru Sabot Pedals from Velo Orange.. These sole saviors come with not two, but three sealed cartridge bearings for optimal smoothness and ease of replacement. Honestly, I’m quite certain I have never felt a smoother pedal. At 90 frog skins a pop, these suckers obviously fit squarely into the high dollar boutique category. Good stuff costs money. Bad stuff costs even more.
The finish on these are impeccable, they come with an extra set of pins, and there are easy accommodations for toe clips, if that is your bag. I personally like a half clip just to keep my feet on the deck while riding in the rain, which is often. I’m not so concerned with the upward pull that so many clipless enthusiasts seem to desire.. I find a free floating rhythm and just pedal. I Always have… These are my new fave’s.