Let me preface this by stating that I'm a fairly inexperienced rider. 35 years ago I had a Schwinn Super Sport on which I did some annual 100 milers. That was then. Today I have a Trek 7.2 FX that I use for trips to the store and occasional longer rides of 20 miles or so.
I upgraded the handlebar grips, added bar ends, and switched out the stock saddle for a Brooks Flyer. All worked out well. Now I want to do something with the pedals. Not the clipless variety that require a special shoe with a cleat, but a "conventional" pedal like the MKS Sylvan. Or the ones I'm considering, either MKS GR-10 (recently introduced) or the MKS Urban.
My question is this. I don't know why all these pedals and others like them are (1) narrower than almost any adult foot and (2) not 100% solid but always have some spots full of holes and unsupported.
Wouldn't a wider pedal that completely supports the foot make more sense? Or is such an innovation undesirable in light of the wish to save as much weight as possible? I'm guessing here. I'm hoping that someone can help me understand this, and perhaps recommend other pedals that will better suit me.