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Old 03-24-14, 08:47 PM   #1
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If you wear NON-clipless Keen sandals - what platform pedals do you like the most?

I've just about beaten this topic to death, but I've finally made the decision to buy Keen "street" sandals for general bike riding and touring. I've narrowed it down to the Arroyo II or the Newport with the leather uppers (not the H2). I'd like to know what other folks who ride Keen "street" sandals choose for their platform pedals. I'm leaning towards Ergon pedals but I'd go for a BMX type pedal with pins as well. I like what I've read about the Ergon pedals and some folks like them paired with Keens, but I'm wondering if the ergonomic platform prevents you from moving your foot around on the pedal much. I'd like the ability to move my foot fore and aft a little if necessary. I've had some foot issues on longer distance rides and I think it's related to being clipped in and not having any ability to move my foot except for what little lateral movement is available.
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Old 03-24-14, 09:12 PM   #2
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I use BMX platform pedals, and I have had excellent experience with Nashbar's land cruiser pedal (I have 4 pairs installed on different bikes). Not sure they sell these now, but most any similar pedal with sealed bearing would likely work well. One important characteristic I've found important is to be sure the pedal is wide rather than long. The Grip King sold by Rivendell looks good, but I found it was not wide enough for my feet and my feet tended to roll away from the pedal.

P.S. I no longer use Keen shoes because they were uncomfortably narrow. Nevertheless, I use platform pedals with all my other cycling shoes, including Shimano sandals.

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Old 03-25-14, 05:19 AM   #3
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P.S. I no longer use Keen shoes because they were uncomfortably narrow.
Wow, that's kind of surprising. I've read that the clipless version of the Keen sandals ran a bit on the narrow side but I'd not heard of the regular ones not being wide enough. In fact, most folks complain that they're a bit too wide and thus require a lot of realestate in terms of the pedals one chooses. A lot of folks like that Grip King pedal but I can't stand the look of it. I don't like lots of silver/chrome parts on my bike, just basic black thank you. Also, I've read at least a couple reviews that mentioned Grip Kings being slippery in the wet versus BMX pedals with Allen-headed pins which tend to be more grippy. I've also read that the Ergon pedals are really grippy too. Almost too grippy in that the rider apparently needs to pick up their foot almost to reposition to any degree.
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Wow, that's kind of surprising. I've read that the clipless version of the Keen sandals ran a bit on the narrow side but I'd not heard of the regular ones not being wide enough.
My mistake - I was referring to the Keen cycling sandal. It was too narrow for me. I found the Shimano cycling sandal, however, to be more comfortable.
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I wear the Keen Kanyon sandal 99% of the time and have used both the Shimano A530 pedal and the M324. Both pedals feature a platform side and a clip-in side. Personally, I like the A530 best.
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I wear Keen sandals and, yes, they are plenty wide in the non-cycling version. I also use Grip Kings, and like them, but they can be more slick when wet. There are kits available to add pins to the pedals, but if you already don't like the look of them, then that probably won't be of interest.
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keen sandals with odyssey twisted BMX pedals. I have them on my fargo and daily commuter, will be the next set I put on the fat tire.

I do some 60 mile rail to trail days every few months and like riding in my regular keens.
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I use BMX platform pedals, and I have had excellent experience with Nashbar's land cruiser pedal (I have 4 pairs installed on different bikes). Not sure they sell these now, but most any similar pedal with sealed bearing would likely work well..
I have about 400 miles now on a pair of Dollar Tree slip on-sandals (might have been $4 I dunno), on my cheapo platform pedals

But... prob'ly need to upgrade both before the trip in case I cant find a dollar store.....

Perhaps the nearest platform pedal Nashbar makes is this, the "Verge", has rave reviews, I'll be upgrading...

Nashbar Verge Platform Pedals - Bike Pedals / Cleats

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I like what I've read about the Ergon pedals and some folks like them paired with Keens..

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I'm wondering if the ergonomic platform prevents you from moving your foot around on the pedal much.

I'm using Ergon pedals , I say No problem.. though sandal weather is still quite a ways Off ,
I am wearing LL Bean Rubber Mocs, Now ..it's still the Wet season ..

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/19067...ots-rubber-moc

more commuting, now, than long distance touring .

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Sandal weather can hit any month of the year down here.

But with repect to Ergon pedals I took a long look at them at REI, never had 'em on a bike but did put them on the floor with my foot on them to see how they would fit in general terms.

In as much as they position your foot for an optimum angle I passed on them because it seemed they wouldn't allow as many foot positions as a simple platform pedal would. Rather they would but your feet would be resting on a strangely sculpted surface when out of the Ergon position.

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I wear Keens in the summer and when I've toured in warm places like Thailand. I don't use platform pedals, just some old Forte pedals with toeclips. I don't know if my Keens qualify as sandals because they have a closed toe, but are otherwise open like a sandal.
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Old 03-25-14, 07:20 PM   #12
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The Ergon pedals I have seen are slippery. I have had 2 different people come into the shop to swap them out because they couldn't deal with them any longer.
One guy had a rather large gouge on his leg were he slipped off the pedal and cut his leg on the chainring. You might want to buy these at REI and try them out first.
At least you can return them to REI.
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In summer, I often ride with a pair of SAS regular street sandles. I use shimano mx-30 pedals.
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Almost universally, people I've been polling about this shoe/platform combo and others with similar shoe/platform combos seem to prefer BMX pedals with pins. I did some more research along those lines and it looks like I'll be buying the VP 001 platform pedals. They're large, fairly light, have aggressive pins, offer more ability to position your foot however you want (versus Ergons), and have bearings that can be rebuilt. So, it'll be VPs for both the Surly and the Franken-Radish. Thanks for all your input folks. I also received my REI dividend yesterday so I'll be hitting the store this weekend to try on Keen's and I'll be getting a nice hefty chunk off the price! It always amazes me how much money I inadvertently end up spending at REI over the course of a year.
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