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Old 06-28-15, 07:38 PM
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platform pedals

So I am starting to learn a bit about how to pedal. Any advice y'all would like to pass on to a newbie for platform pedals?
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Old 06-28-15, 07:55 PM
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If you're gonna regular use platform pedals, best to get something decent quality and grippy. Something like MKS Sylvan, at a minimum, comes to mind.

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Old 06-28-15, 09:19 PM
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I have MKS Lambdas (aka Grip Kings) on both of my bikes, even though I keep the original toe clip pedals for my 1986 BS T700. The Lambdas were designed by Rivendell. I've used them on my Nishiki Utility/City bike for several years. When I got the T700, I transfered my well broken in B-17 and the MKS pedals to it from the Nishiki. When I decided to keep the Nishiki, as well as the T700, I bought new Lambdas and a Brooks Flyer for it.
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Old 06-29-15, 07:53 AM
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After doing a bit of study last night I changed my foot position this morning and noticed a difference. It also up'd my speed from 12.5 to 13.1. Never would have thought it would make such a difference.
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Originally Posted by Hosscooper View Post
After doing a bit of study last night I changed my foot position this morning and noticed a difference. It also up'd my speed from 12.5 to 13.1. Never would have thought it would make such a difference.
When I was on platforms, I tried to keep the balls of my feet on the spindle (or as close to it as possible).

After about a month, and I was used to biking, and I was secure in my balance, I went to some SPD pedals (SPD on one side, and platforms on the other side) and MTB shoes.

Even on platforms, you might benefit from a MTB shoe without cleats, as a lot of shoes don't have a firm sole.

Also work on your cadence on the platforms. When you get to the point where you feel that you're spinning too fast for the platforms (as your feet are slipping or your pedalling isn't as smooth as you want), then you'll know you're ready for clipless pedals. That's where I got. My legs could spin faster than my feet could stay on the pedals.

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Wellgo Dual purpose pedal rock. WAM D10 i think.

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Originally Posted by Hosscooper View Post
After doing a bit of study last night I changed my foot position this morning and noticed a difference. It also up'd my speed from 12.5 to 13.1. Never would have thought it would make such a difference.
It does. The pedal spindle needs to be under the ball of your foot, not under the arch. Lots of beginners make that mistake. If you're going to use platforms, I'd consider a BMX pedal. The big platform plus the grips makes it easier to maintain the right foot position.
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Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
It does. The pedal spindle needs to be under the ball of your foot, not under the arch. Lots of beginners make that mistake. If you're going to use platforms, I'd consider a BMX pedal. The big platform plus the grips makes it easier to maintain the right foot position.
An alternate view.

Agree that a large mtn bike pedal is the way to go if you are going platforms.
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Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
An alternate view.

Agree that a large mtn bike pedal is the way to go if you are going platforms.
It's an interesting article, and I agree that one doesn't want to be too rigid in pedal position. I have a lot of float on my road pedals. But his "mid-foot" position is pretty close to a "ball of the foot" position, it certainly doesn't resemble the pedal-under-instep position I see many beginners adopting.

Whatever, the important thing is to find what works for you and choose a pedal that helps accommodate it.
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Wellgo Dual purpose pedal rock. WAM D10 i think.

I have these and am very happy with them.
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It was not the first I had read of placing the foot farther forward. ON my shoes I have my cleats mounted so that the ball of my foot is in front of the pedal spindle. I have done this by trial and error adjustment until I could ride without foot pain, although I'm just slightly behind the ball of foot.
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Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
It was not the first I had read of placing the foot farther forward. ON my shoes I have my cleats mounted so that the ball of my foot is in front of the pedal spindle. I have done this by trial and error adjustment until I could ride without foot pain, although I'm just slightly behind the ball of foot.
As it happens, I too push the cleats as far back as possible, which moves the foot forward a half-inch or so. This is to counter my tendency to ride too much on my toes, which puts a big load on the calves instead of the quads. So strictly speaking, the ball of my foot is a little forward of the spindle. There's not much in it, though.
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