OK, me again. I bought an inexpensive set of clips and straps just to see how they feel - just a little baby toe in the water so to speak. I got the largest size, and I am sure I mounted them correctly, well, as sure as I ever am when I do something on my bike. The fronts of the clips extend just past the front of the pedals. So the toes of my gunboats reach just to the front of the pedal making it feel like I am pedalling on tippy toe. I envisioned more like pedalling with the ball of my foot, like the positioning of cleats on a clipless shoe. Is it normal for clips to feel like this? Are my size 12's just too big for this arrangement? As usual, your comments, suggestions, and assistance are appreciated.
It sounds as if the clips & straps weren't made for the type of pedals on your bike. Your foot position should be identical to that which you are used to with cleats, only with a bit more lateral movement. The ball of your foot should be centered on the pedal body, even with your large shoe size.
I run Performance Bicycle's platform pedals and their toe clips on both of my commuter bikes. The clips themselves are tough plastic MTB style items, and the straps are nylon. I use a variety of footwear, but my winter shoes are 44s, the toes of which are stuffed with newsprint for extra insulation. They fit the clips just fine, as do my hiking boots if I loosen the straps.
You might want to try "feet belts" instead of clips & straps... Performance sells "Powergrips" that attach diagonally to the pedals. All you do is angle your foot in, and when you straighten it out, the strap pulls tight. Simple and effective. (pn 62-1016A, $17.99)
I have to 2nd that thought on getting powergrips, my little sister uses thoes on her mountain bike, and loves them. They were cheap, do the job, and she has no problems getting in and out of them fast.