Thought you all should know about these new-fangled pedals I started using on my commuter today....so far, so good.
First, some background. As well all know, all pedals originally had toe clips on them. That's what I started riding on my first "serious" bike, back in my 20's, along with some good 'ol Detto shoes.In the early 90's, I switched to clipless pedals -- first, some SPD's with Shimano shoes, then upgraded to SPD's with Sidis. However, I've always had some "hotfoot" problems, and a year ago I got a pair of Look Keos, and a new set of Sidi road shoes. So now I rotate among 5 pairs of shoes, and two styles of pedals across 4 bikes.
Still suffering from "hot foot" problems on longer rides, I decided I needed to find something to give my feet a break for the 60 to 100 miles a week I do commuting. Then I heard about this new invention - pedals that have no toe clips, and no cleats at all. I don't know what you call them, but some of them look like this:
Or others like this:
Though I got some of these:
An amazing thing about this new invention is that you can ride your bike with regular shoes! Imagine that -- you just jump on the bike with tennis shoes, and just pedal away. When you get to your destination, you can walk like a regular person, instead of waddling like a duck! I can't believe it took so long for them to invent a pedal that can be ridden without special cycling shoes.
So far, I have only ridden one day of commuting on these, and it was a revelation. First time I've ridden without special cycling shoes in more than 30 years. These types of pedals are *so new* that even though I must have seen another 100 bikers out today commuting, I was the only one using these pedals. I must be the only person in Seattle to have ever heard of these pedals. If only there was a name for them - I guess I will just call them "clipless/cleatless" pedals since they have no toe clips, no cleats.
Progress is amazing...