At the end of 2011 I said that I would lay-off the the pedal-posts for 2012. It was intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but it seems my exaggeration was prophetic! No pedal posts last year whatsoever.
Alas, here we go again! The Salsa Beargrease I rented had platform pedals with spikes, and I could not get over how well my feet stayed in place without any kind of clip system. I did a bit of research and found that Pinkbike completed some research on the subject of the pedalling motion. The short summary of their findings reveals that the up-stroke is overrated. When I add my own variables to this (commuting on a flat route, and enjoying the stability and confidence that quickly getting a foot down gives me) I knew that my search for the ultimate pedal was close.
Although I haven't installed them yet, I picked up a very nice looking set of V-Sixty magnesium platforms. They are light and stylish and I think I got a very decent price.
I intend to use these pedals exclusively even when I finish my "off road" build. I will swap the pedals between the two bicycles.
I do wonder how I will get a bent or broken pin out - but aside from the Paris-to-Ancaster race (in just over a month) I don't think I will have to worry about damaging anything on a routine commute.