Upgrade Crosstown Poly Pedals review – inexpensive, super grippy and great for urban use

A highly functional and inexpensive pedal with a non-slip surface that works particularly well with traditional flat-soled office shoes

Upgrade Crosstown Poly Pedals
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A great value pair of pedals that won't break the bank. In utilising a grippy non-slip surface, they hold flat-soled leather shoes securely in place without a risk of damage – something that may not be true for certain models with pins. So long as this surface remains durable over time then they are particularly recommended for commuting and utility use.

Reasons to buy
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    Non-slip finish

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Reasons to avoid
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    Nothing at this price

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The Upgrade Crosstown Poly Pedals are a great value option for those who are looking for extra grip while cycling casually around the urban environment. 

In our guide to the best flat pedals, you'll find a lot of models have pins that are included for rougher gravel use, and these aren't so friendly to your favourite non-cycling specific shoes that commuters or utility cyclists use. 

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg