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Old 11-07-08, 04:57 PM
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Platforms on a 'bent?

Just wondering if it's even possible to ride in street shoes.
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Old 11-07-08, 05:37 PM
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I rode with platforms for 2000 miles or so on my swbs with no problems.I do prefer clip less now. Jack
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You probably mean plain cage pedals. Or, maybe you mean cage or platform pedals.
My Tailwind has generic SPD/Cage pedals and I have taken a few short rides in running shoes. (Using the plain cage side.) My first few weeks of 'bent-riding were with BMX-style platform pedals.
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I rode platform pedals with Power Grip straps only for the first 500 miles. Then I got SPD clipless and never looked back.

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Old 11-07-08, 08:27 PM
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My 2 cents...yes it is possible..easier on a LWB because of foot position. Whethere you want to is another answer.
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Originally Posted by tim24k View Post
I rode platform pedals with Power Grip straps only for the first 500 miles. Then I got SPD clipless and never looked back.

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Old 11-07-08, 10:58 PM
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I started out with clipless then decided to give platforms a try. But with my SWB the heels of my shoes kept hitting the front tire when I would turn. Switched back to clip less.

To answer the question, yes it is possible. But on some recumbents it may not work so well because of heel clearance issues.
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I would jump on my P-38 for short runs but I wouldn't ride it for any distance without clipping in. The EZ-1, however, was just fine without it.
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Old 11-08-08, 03:11 AM
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I ride in my old-lady walking shoes (modified tennies). That whole clipping or clipless or whatever routine scares the bee-jeebies out of me. I like being able to stop and place my feet on the ground immediately.
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Old 11-08-08, 10:30 AM
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Many people ride with platform pedals. Get the mountain bike type, that have the pins sticking up on them. Wear shoes that have a thread pattern on the bottom. The pins and the grooved threads of the soles of the shoes will grip together REALLY well. I have Crank Brothers 50/50 pedals. Google them. They are perfect for what you want.
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Old 11-08-08, 04:02 PM
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The really spikey MTB pedals are great you actually have to lift your foot off to even reposition it.
BUT if you are talking tadpole trike, don't do it if a foot drops and grabs on the road the cross bar may well break your leg.
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Yes, you can ride the street shoes and platforms. Some bent riders do all the time, even with high BB's. I'm not one of them. For me, riding securely clipped into those clipless pedals <G> adds efficiency, enjoyment and even safety.
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Well, I hadn't really expected so many responses. I thought that it might boil down to personal preference, except for when a higher BB used. I am very finicky when it comes to my shoes. I really wasn't looking forward to shopping for cycling specific shoes...
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My bent came with platform pedals.... rode it that way for the first week or so before putting my clipless pedals on it. And, the clipless are two-sided (clipless/platform).

Unless I'm only riding a very short distance, I go clipless. Platforms/street shoes on the bent tend to hurt my feet after a couple of miles.
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Old 11-09-08, 02:27 PM
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i wear these platorms, and so does my wife!
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i wear these platorms, and so does my wife!
That your foot, or hers?
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I use platforms. Toe clips make me feel less secure on the pedal, and clipless is not an option for me.
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Old 11-10-08, 09:11 AM
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Had platforms

When I bought my Giro, I had the LBS switch the platforms for Shimano PDM324 clipless pedals that have both platform and clipless. My feet kept falling asleep while wearing clipless shoes so I returned the biking shoes and use the platform side of the pedals with anything from running shoes to US Army combat boots. Maybe I'll find wider shoes for the clipless but I haven't missed them yet.

btw - the combat boots are really great biking shoes.
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I have used platform pedals on all of my recumbents for a period. I have swapped all to spd style clipless pedals nowadays. I prefer the clipless.
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Recumbents can be ridden without a retension system, but having one makes the experience better, IMHO. If you want to use platform pedals, then low bottom bracket bents are the better choice of style, as it's easier to keep your feet positioned when you don't have to hold your feet up.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Recumbents can be ridden without a retension system, but having one makes the experience better, IMHO. If you want to use platform pedals, then low bottom bracket bents are the better choice of style, as it's easier to keep your feet positioned when you don't have to hold your feet up.
Looks like I need to start researching LWB's...
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I wore my boots today due to colder temps after almost 4000 miles this year with SPD (my pedals are 50-50). While I prefer the SPD, it was no big deal to switch back to the platform side, other than being surprised at various (now-lazy) reactions like spinning back my take-off foot at the light (takes a lot longer when not clipped in) and things like that. My feet came off a few times in the first 5 miles before they started to remember that pulling was a no-no. Warm feet were definitely the winner however, and its only a few months until Spring.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Looks like I need to start researching LWB's...
Yeah, then you can deal with recumbutt and leg suck.

I'm telling you, it is very possible to ride with platform pedals. I have been doing it for years, as have thousands of other people. ( see me earlier post ). Over all I would say more people ride with platforms than clipless.

As a matter of fact Bob B of the now defunct "Recumbent Cyclist News," wrote last year about how he moved away from clipless pedals to platforms. For about 10 years Bob B was "the" source of decent recumbent information.
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Originally Posted by jeffh129 View Post
Yeah, then you can deal with recumbutt and leg suck.

I'm telling you, it is very possible to ride with platform pedals. I have been doing it for years, as have thousands of other people. ( see me earlier post ). Over all I would say more people ride with platforms than clipless.

As a matter of fact Bob B of the now defunct "Recumbent Cyclist News," wrote last year about how he moved away from clipless pedals to platforms. For about 10 years Bob B was "the" source of decent recumbent information.
If by Bob B you mean Bob Bryant, he has joined the staff on BROL. I'm looking forward to his articles/reviews. BROL is working on importing a bunch of Bob's RCN work as well.
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Old 11-13-08, 04:49 PM
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Yep, exactly who I mean, and he gave up clipless pedals and went to platforms. BROL is a wonderful site for everything recumbent.
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