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Old 06-05-14, 05:20 PM   #1
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New member - Drop Foot questions

Hi to all!

I am brand new to the forum and to cycling too. I am semi-retired and decided I wanted to start riding. I was in a bad car accident 17 years ago which has left me with a drop foot (left foot... no pun intended). They say it caused my the brain injury a sustained in the accident. It some how killed the nerves going down to my left foot. I have a huge problem keeping my foot on the pedal as I have very little control (to say the least) over that foot... I have paralysis (partial) below my left knee down to my toes. I've done some very basic research on cycling with a drop foot and I keep hearing use a clipless pedal. I hate to sound clueless but I am, I have no idea what a clipless pedal is about as compared to a tie clip?

Can anyone help me out with some ideas on how to manage my problem and some education on clipless and a toe clip? Anything would be much appreciated!

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Old 06-05-14, 05:51 PM   #2
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Clipless pedals have a mechanism, usually on the pedal itself though sometimes on the cleat as in the case of the Speedplay system, to join your cycling specific shoe to the pedal.
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Welcome to BF and best of luck in working with your nerve problem! If I had your problem, I think I’d do some window-shopping and info-gathering at local bike shops and maybe see what the medical biz production line workers might suggest. If you have a neurologist or PT that you regularly deal with, seeing what they have to say might be an idea. From the little that I know, the Speedplay Frog might (?) be an OK pedal system for you---but you should get input on this from more qualified people than me.
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