Before shopping, consider how you ride your hybrid bike. Hybrids can handle a little bit of everything. If you spend more time on dirt roads and trails, then aim for a more mountain biking styled pedal like Time's Z pedals. If you use your hybrid for a lot of road miles with a few dirt stretches, choose a pedal more suited for road riding like Shimano's PD-A530. Clipless pedals are available with the attachment on one side and a platform on the opposite. The clipless side allows you to use the special bike shoes that with a metal cleat attach to the pedal. The platform allows you to hop on in any shoe and pedal away.
Video of the Day
While clipless pedals help reduce fatigue during long rides, they do take some time to get used to. Mountain bike geared pedals are structured to better shed dirt and mud but are a heavier pedal. Road bike pedals are lighter, but tend to collect dirt and trap it in the clip area.
Where To Buy
If you want standard platform pedals, any sporting goods store will carry basic pedals. For clipless pedals stop by a bicycle store. Clipless pedals are also widely available online.
Sporting good stores carry the standard platform pedals bikes come equipped with starting at $20 and up, as of August 2010. The combination clipless and platform pedals range from $50 to $100 for a good quality pedal and cleats. Cycling shoes range from $40 for low-priced pair to over $100 for high-end cycling shoes.
The main difference between road pedals and mountain biking pedals boils down to weight and ability to shed dirt. With a hybrid, either work--depending on how you use your bike. Clipless pedals offer easier pedaling and less fatigue on longer rides. Platform pedals are great for when you only go around the corner or downtown. The combination pedals give you the best of both.
Bike shoes vary in fit from brand to brand. It is best to purchase bike shoes from a store where you can try them on. Most bike stores will install the pedals on your bike for you and the cleats on your shoes. Many will even put your bike in an indoor trainer so you can practice a bit without falling.
For cruising around and enjoying the scenery, you do not need the lightest or the most expensive pedal. The main difference in price points deals with weight. Lighter pedals cost more, but function the same as their heavier versions.