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Old 06-07-15, 02:39 PM   #1
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plateform pedals for 600k Brevet in two weeks

I was a DNF on a 600k this weekend due to foot pain via way of a bunion. The last 600k that is in my area is only two weeks away, not enough time for my foot to heal, so I have to go to Plan B: Find some sandals that don't touch the bunion, and ride with platform petals.

I'm got some old $20 platform pedals from my old mountain bike. But I'm wondering if people out there that are written distance have recommendations for pedals that are comfortable over a very long distances. Any recommendations?

Here are some that look interesting:

Ergon PC2: What I like about these is the size of them and the fact they have a bit of an indent to you center your foot. The drawback I have heard about them is that your foot can slip off especially when wet.

Thin Gripster pedals VP-001: I like the fact these have spikes in them. But all in all, I really, really like this web site. They seem to be of the right spirit, cyclist that are very serious and looking for serious gear to both preform well, but also be comfortable. My hang-up is the price (which I have with the Ergon, too), what is the difference between this and all the other millions of platform pedals that look similar to this?

Are there any other randonneur out there that use platform pedals? If so, what does and does not work for the longer rides?
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I know plenty of randonneurs that use "infinite float" pedals, usually with sandals. My concern would be having problems because the sandals aren't stiff enough.
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Thin Gripster pedals VP-001: I like the fact these have spikes in them. But all in all, I really, really like this web site. They seem to be of the right spirit, cyclist that are very serious and looking for serious gear to both preform well, but also be comfortable. My hang-up is the price (which I have with the Ergon, too), what is the difference between this and all the other millions of platform pedals that look similar to this?

Are there any other randonneur out there that use platform pedals? If so, what does and does not work for the longer rides?
I cannot ride clipped in, because of Achilles heel problems, and have used the VP-001 for over a year now, and I cannot say anything against them.

Mind you, they seem to be Taiwanese pedals, sold under different names elsewhere too. On one bike I have the VP-001, and on another the XLC PD-M12. They are identical, except that the VP came in nicer packaging, and with spare spikes, and was twice as expensive.
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I know plenty of randonneurs that use "infinite float" pedals, usually with sandals. My concern would be having problems because the sandals aren't stiff enough.
I searched the web for "infinite float" pedals but I cannot find anything on them. Can you point me to some additional info?
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I cannot ride clipped in, because of Achilles heel problems, and have used the VP-001 for over a year now, and I cannot say anything against them.

Mind you, they seem to be Taiwanese pedals, sold under different names elsewhere too. On one bike I have the VP-001, and on another the XLC PD-M12. They are identical, except that the VP came in nicer packaging, and with spare spikes, and was twice as expensive.
I seem to be Google challenged this evening, I went searching for XLC PD-M12 and cannot find them anywhere. Do you recall where you purchased them?
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Amazon.de? Bike-components.de? Some German place.

So perhaps XLC is not sold around your parts. Here the pedals are on the XLC site.
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I have a pair of Riv thin gripsters and these Evo's. Except for the color, they are identical.

For the money, it's tough to beat the verge platforms. I have a pair on my son's mountain bike and he loves 'em.
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I've started riding brevets this year and I'm doing it on wellgo magnesium bmx pedals, the MG-1 I think. They also have some smaller magnesium road pedals if you have smaller or narrower feet, the R146. They have removable studs (really just m3 grub screws) and they've treated me well for a couple of years now. I used to ride in keen sandals but recently found a pair of shimano mtb shoes that are more rigid so I use them now. I found them on ebay for good prices with free shipping but I dunno if they'd arrive within two weeks or not.
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I searched the web for "infinite float" pedals but I cannot find anything on them. Can you point me to some additional info?
infinite float == platform
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Velo Orange has a number of options as well as half toe clips (no straps). Pedals - Components
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Why not use SPD sandals?
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Why not use SPD sandals?
Well, let me be a bit more specific. The bunion is a tailor's bunion. Here is an illustration of it:



The vast majority of sandals I have looked at have straps that go right over the tailor's bunion, including Shimano's SPD sandals. Do you know of any that might work? I am starting to contemplate making some custom fiber carbon sandals
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One lady I know has some holes cut in her cycling shoes at strategic places.
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If you have an extra pair of cycling shoes, I would try a large cutout over the bunion. A big hole.

Are the soles of your cycling shoes wide enough for your feet?

I used to get various foot pains until I switched to Sidi Mega width shoes and now I have zero foot issues. Probably not going to help you but mention anyway. I had hot foot and the area that you show would get really sore and hurt a lot but I did not have bunions to my knowledge.

I still contemplate custom cycling shoes but the cost is high. You might ultimately need to go that route because I am unaware of any sandals that take pressure off yout bunion afflicated area. I just do not think this is the solution for you

If this 600K is a PBP qualifier and if I were you, I would get my hands a couple pair of preferably wide shoes and start cuttin.
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A shoe with a soft upper, like the PI X-Alps, might not hurt your tailor's bunion. I used the X-Alps III for a while without any problem (except I didn't get along with the SPD clips, so I went back to toe clips). Also, you might try out Bontrager. I found their road shoes to be at least as comfortable as Sidi Megas, so I assume they're wider than most. Of course, the Sidis are made to a higher standard with better materials, but fit trumps all when it comes to shoes, IMO. In any case, I ride the Bontrager entry-level road shoe with no tailor's bunion pain, though I'd be happy doing 600 km in a month, not in one ride.

I know you asked about platform pedals, but if you found shoes that fit, you wouldn't have to give up the extra efficiency of clips.

I wish I had read this 18 months ago, or thought of cutting a hole myself. I had a pair of Bonts that was fantastic, except for the tailor's bunion area. Too late now....
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Ergon PC2: What I like about these is the size of them and the fact they have a bit of an indent to you center your foot.
The drawback I have heard about them is that your foot can slip off especially when wet.
On the Oregon Coast , the home of Wet weather most of the year , I have those pedals on my Bike
with LL Bean rubber shoes , worn then .

and find the Grip tape in the PC2 pedals for traction, works just fine..

So now you have heard Different from your other, un-named sources ..
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