Join Date: May 2002
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Bikes: 2010 Cervelo RS. Marinoni touring bike. Kona Tanuki MTB. Specialized Hardrock (commuter). Raleigh (early 80s) Super Gran Prix.
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Originally Posted by KLW2
Anyone use Yak Traks or something similar for traction on your shoes when you put your foot down while stopping?
I did use Yak Trax (YT) and found them great for digging into the ice! BUT, I also use clipless pedals and the rubber on the YT gets caught in the clip, hence I broke them. I now use something called ice creepers or ice cleats.
In order to keep them on my shoe I use a strap from a clip and strap pedal, that way they are quick to remove.
Unlike the picture, I wear mine between the heel and ball of my foot thereby keeping clear of the pedal. Only thing is when you stop you have to put your foot down flat footed and not toe down for the cleats to dig in. Otherwise, your feet will slip out. The other thing about the Ice cleats is that they can bend easily if you put them down on rocks, but they are easily bent back.
I have found the Yak Trax great for hiking in winter and use them all the time.