What shoes do you chose to use? (Ha! I made a rhyme!)
adidas. Not for long. My bonus is a comin'! Clipless, new lights, and a cycling jacket. Woo hoo! The heck with the old platforms.
Flat bottom skateboard shoes, Vans, DCShoeCo, Circa.
Well, what I mean is....I guess I'm wondering what regular shoes have soles that work well with platforms. My friend is a slippin' and a slidin' and she's got some old smooth soled Nikes that are worn out.
Edit: You posted while I was typing, didn't see what you wrote. Thanks, Jeff - that's what I need. Suggestions. Yep.
converse all stars (the ones with pink on the tounge )
Just your average club rider... :)
any sneaker is cool.
Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
I ride platforms with strapless clips. All my shoes do fine, from sandals to dress shoes to mountaineering boots. Today I wore Nike Air cross trainers.
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During those times I switch my clipless for platforms, I'll use a pair of old Shimano SH-M100 first generation SPD mountain bike shoes that are more than 15 years old. Their soles have worn fairly flat.
Slipping & sliding isn't so much about the pedals or the shoes, it's about the motion of the legs and feet. One of my suggestions is to have people ride on bare pedal-spindles for a while. Get one of those old beat-up cruiser bikes with the broken pedal. Break off the platforms and leave just the bare spindle. Learn to ride on that, learn to pedal HARD on that bare spingle. Learn to sprint 125% out of the saddle in the rain on that bare spindle. Then you won't have any issues with slipping & sliding on any pedal or shoe combination...
I use 1970s style Hi tec silver shadows or formal black work shoes.
I did get some Specialized Sonoma cycling shoes for extra stiffness but they slide around even with toe clips and are useless on anything but clipless pedals.
Dress shoes, covered with Totes in rain and snow.
clogs -- usu w/ a nice stiff sole -- or one of a couple from the LL Bean Storm Chaser line-up (also comfy w/ a firm sole).
Off brand twenty dollar tennis shoes. I use toe clips with the straps kept loose to prevent sliding.
Skate shoes. I prefer Vans.
I bought some mountain bike platforms from Nashbar so I can wear whatever shoe I want and still have decent grip. In the summer, I use clips and wear a simple pair of sneakers for workouts and recreational rides, and dress shoes (with the clips loose) for the commute. In the winter, I wear snow boots with no clips.
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Use platforms and non-cycling specific shoes all year for commuting (I change to shoes kept at work) and recreation cycling.Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
Sandals all summer, or when temperature is above 60º F. Current pair bought about 9 years ago. Have used them for riding on day trips up to 144km (AutoFrei Tag along the Moselle from 1999-2002).
Sneakers when sandals are not enough or not suitable at my destination. Current pair of Rockports bought used at a garage sale for 75¢
Below 30º F. - the gray Raichle half boots with Gore Tex bought in Germany about 7 years ago for $75.
Below 15º F. - the black full boots which are both insulated and made with GoreTex, bought used for about $20 7 or 8 years ago.
Below 5º F. - I add the rubbers with the insulated insole. Bought at Farm King 3 years ago for about $10. Good til -5º F
Also use the rubbers with the sneakers for when cycling in summer downpours.
Never have a problem with slipping off the pedals under any condition.
Last edited by I-Like-To-Bike; 01-14-06 at 08:22 AM.
The way the thread is titled almost seems as if you are referring to "platform pedal people" in a derogatory manner.
For platforms I use BMX pedals, so my shoes don't slip in the rain, and I wear either skate shoes, Adidas Sambas or combat boots. On my road bike I have toe clips, and wear my Converse All Stars for that. I've got some Eggbeaters and Specialized Road shoes that I haven't worn since last spring. Never was too impressed by clipless. The crap you have to put up with far outweighs any advantage you gain.
Any soft soled shoe like the Converse Allstars mentioned ealier should be good on a platform pedal with studs. I use LA Gear walking shoes because they look simular to dress shoes, so I can wear to work.
A smoother sole is good with studs and the soft sole allows the studs to grip better. A hiking tread can catch too well during an emergency situation.
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Originally Posted by BostonFixed
Oh my. No derogatory manner intended. Maybe I should have said "Those who use platform pedals..." I guess I thought it was cool because of the triple P's. You know, Peter Piper picked.......
Anyway, my friend has that old Magna or something X-bike that has the plastic wannabe shin shredder pedals. She complains about the grips (they solidified into stone), her seat (too hard), her gears (no barrel adjuster and she won't ask her husband to fix it and she says it's too much hassel for me to do it) and now her pedals. She wants to ride but is having a miserable time. She's going to start hating it, I just know it.
That Crank Bros. platform is TEH SEXAY, like most of the stuff they design.