New member - Drop Foot questions
Hi to all!
I am brand new to the forum and to cycling too. I am semi-retired and decided I wanted to start riding. I was in a bad car accident 17 years ago which has left me with a drop foot (left foot... no pun intended). They say it caused my the brain injury a sustained in the accident. It some how killed the nerves going down to my left foot. I have a huge problem keeping my foot on the pedal as I have very little control (to say the least) over that foot... I have paralysis (partial) below my left knee down to my toes. I've done some very basic research on cycling with a drop foot and I keep hearing use a clipless pedal. I hate to sound clueless but I am, I have no idea what a clipless pedal is about as compared to a tie clip?
Can anyone help me out with some ideas on how to manage my problem and some education on clipless and a toe clip? Anything would be much appreciated!
Clipless pedals have a mechanism, usually on the pedal itself though sometimes on the cleat as in the case of the Speedplay system, to join your cycling specific shoe to the pedal.
Endangered Serotta Rider
Welcome to BF and best of luck in working with your nerve problem! If I had your problem, I think I’d do some window-shopping and info-gathering at local bike shops and maybe see what the medical biz production line workers might suggest. If you have a neurologist or PT that you regularly deal with, seeing what they have to say might be an idea. From the little that I know, the Speedplay Frog might (?) be an OK pedal system for you---but you should get input on this from more qualified people than me.
Welcome to the Forums
You might want to check out the Adaptive Cycling forum.