I really like the ones I got so far. The bearings were stiff initially, but loosened up after about 10 miles. Of course durability is a complete unknown, but for $12 I can take a chance. Here's a link to the exact ones I got: http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=52224&category=113. There's also a newer version with a metal body, for $19. I decided to be a real cheapskate and passed this one up: http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=57415&category=113 This is very much a YMMV thing, I'm personally NOT a fan of clips and straps (aka "stirrups"). I absolutely HATE one-sided pedals that you have to flip over to use (that also goes for most road clipless pedals as well as asymmetric platform pedals), especially since the weight of the clips invariably means the WRONG side is always up. Even when honking up huge hills I put out almost all my power on the downstroke, so the only benefit for me being locked into the pedals is to stay connected to the bike on rough terrain -- in which event I'm still going to use my cleated shoes and pedals, because I find the one-sidedness of clips and straps doubly irritating on rugged trails. Again, others have different opinions but that's certainly my experience. Saddles are even more personal than pedals, but a couple things are worth mentioning. Although some padding is nice, don't go for a saddle that's TOO soft. Your sit bones bear most of your weight; the softer the saddle, the deeper your sit bones sink into the saddle and the more likely the saddle is to be putting pressure on your soft tissues, which is NOT a good thing (for men or women). Also, one thing I've learned is don't assume that just because you're a guy with a skinny butt, that a skinny saddle makes sense. I used to think that, and for a long time rode skinny-ish saddles like the WTB Rocket V. But then I finally realized my sit bones were actually not lining up to the saddle well, and switched to a somewhat wider saddle (WTB Pure V is one of my current favorites) and am much happier.