Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kinsale, Ireland
Bikes: Trek 7300 FSX, Jamis Exile, Jamis Coda Sport, Raleigh Technium, Dahon Vitesse, Dahon Matrix
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Check out Power Grips. http://powergrips.com/
I currently have seven bikes- and counting, and use Power Grips on six. After using power grips in the mountains (for cranking power) and in traffic for quick bail out to prevent the embarassment and pain of zero-g falls ;-). I don't plan to return to clipless or platforms. The remaining bike- a big hybrid for commuting in snow and ice does have a mega platform appropriately called "Big Masher" for pedaling with big boots. I described this in a 2002 post.
"I use Big Masher from Nashbar on two mountain bikes and two hybrids. Each pedal has 26 sharp points which can dig into either Skechers Sport shoes (when survival-commuting in Boston) or Performance shoes designed for platform pedals when I ride at Crested Butte. I would recommend the Big Masher to any and all riders- except possibly boardwalk riders with bare feet ;-)
After trying several other pedals (clipless, brainless etc.) I routinely change the pedals on any bike I ride to Mashers. Lots of contact area to crank into (~10.5 sq. inches each pedal), quick bail-outs, spectacular endos ;-) and a tremendous feeling of security whether standing or shifting your weight vector around- plus the price is right. Since I ride horses, I can favorably compare these spiked platforms to the secure stirrups into which I drive my weight through my heels.
I have a size 11 shoe. I think the Masher would be optimal for you if, like Larry Bird, you wear size 17:-). For Yao Ming, Big Masher would probably feel like the Egg Beater from Crank Brothers ;-) Check out Big Masher."
Whoa! I just found out that Nashbar seems to have discontinued this unique product! Well, I'll contact Nashbar. In the interim, you can at least see what the Masher looks like- or used to look like ;-(
Maybe Nashbar and Amazon, will get the Big Mashers out of their warehouses if everyone on this thread expresses their outrage ;-)
Last edited by Leo C. Driscoll; 12-12-04 at 09:06 PM.