Commuting - Crank Brothers Mallet as platform
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I need the ability to hop on my bike during the day and go for very short jaunts. I'd like to do this without changing shoes.
I'm already heavily invested in Crank Brothers products, and don't want to get the double sided Forte and/or Shimano pedal, which would require a new cleat system.
So...is the Mallet an acceptable platform pedal for short rides of no more than, say 2 miles or so?
11-18-10, 09:35 PM
Quill with toe clip work well for me and I can use any shoe.
11-18-10, 11:17 PM
i took my mallets and cut one bar off [make sure not to cut the one that attaches] then all you have to do is spin the pedal for flat or clip .
11-18-10, 11:36 PM
Spongy trainer sole , probably fine , the cleat does stick up, but may be acceptable , of course there
are platform. spud combo pedals too and an aluminum plate that you can attach a cleat
to and turn what you have into a combo pedal
I like CB products, but I didn't care for the Mallets as a flat pedal. Loved it as an SS MTB pedal though.
If you want to try it out cheapish, I have my old pair of well-worn Mallets rotting in a gear box, I'd make you a deal on.
11-19-10, 07:55 AM
I've tried both the acids and quattros. The platforms aren't as big as mallets but the acids aren't that much smaller. I don't like them with regular shoes. The wings on Crank Bros pedals will roll forward making it too easy to accidentally slide your foot off the front of the pedal.
Other people have said that even Candies work fine. Not for me.
That being said, you're only going a couple of miles. I've ridden on acids that far without incident. Just wasn't that comfortable with them.
11-19-10, 04:34 PM
Yeah, I had the Acids myself and they were fine for a couple of miles. I'd put it like this -
1. Real platform pedals with pins - feet are very attached to pedals, could bike any bikeable distance in them
2. Acids - Wouldn't have a problem with a quick jaunt for a couple of miles at all. Depends on the shoe, the more flexible the bottom the more comfortable. Not something I would want to take for a 30 mile ride for sure, though, and I wouldn't expect to be able to pedal full-out on a short ride either.
3. "an aluminum plate that you can attach a cleat to" - I've used these, and thought they were pretty bad. Would prefer and Acid style pedal. They don't feel secure at all. Only better than #4.
4. Riding with a regular shoe on a regular clipless, small clipless pedals (Time Roc ATAC's) - not good. I could do it, but it was pretty uncomfortable. Preferred the "aluminum plate" thing, and that's not saying much.
11-19-10, 04:51 PM
I'd buy a good pair of cheap platform pedals. They will support your feet for considerable distance rides and eliminate "hot spots" caused by insufficient support of the entire feet.
I'm one of those people that's happy using my Candies as platforms (though when I do so, its usually for quick rides- beer runs, etc). I suggest thick soled tennis shoes on them, though, or they'll dig into the bottoms of your feet a bit.
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