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Old 09-13-05, 12:07 AM   #1
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--- I had been bothered by leg cramps after my commutes and finally tracked down the cause. It was the cheap brands of platform pedals I was using. I have trashed two pairs of platform pedals in the past five years. The cheap ones are not rigid enough; they flex under pressure. This flexing causes strains in the ankle and leg muscles which have a cumulative effect over time and cause leg cramps.
On the advice of my LBS, I finally bought some Redline Alloy Platform Pedals which are a solid one-piece construction plus they're wider and provide a solid foundation for my feet. The leg cramps have totally disappeared since I installed the Redlines on my bicycle.
"The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man's metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well." Ivan Illich ('Energy and Equity')1974

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