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Old 01-29-18, 06:12 PM
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All-Purpose Touring Pedal that Won't Injure My Shins

I've used MKS Sylvans with metal half clips for years, but recently looked down at my beat-up shins. Both sides of the pedals have a grippy metal surface when, due to use of the clips, I only require one side. Can anyone guide me in the direction of pedals that may accommodate the half clips, AND be smooth and less hazardous on the non-grip side? Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-29-18, 06:33 PM
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I'm not quite sure how you're banging up your legs on the pedals. Walking?

"Clipless" pedals, of course, are very different.

There are also a number of single-sided toe clip pedals, generally V-shaped. Although, not all would necessarily support your half clips due to using proprietary clips. It looks like the MKS pedals might be your best bet.

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Are you banging your shims fror slipping when you go to flip the pedal around and "get" the toeclip when you start, especially at lights? If so, the trick is to get a really good combination of pedals (usually with really big pickup tabs and shoes. (Fairly stiff, smooth and semi-slipppery like men's dress shoes often work best.)

I use Shimano semi-platform pedals with their full toeclips and traditional cleats for my fix gears. To improve pickup and minimize botched ones, I make tabs about an inch long (inspired by the French Leotard Platforms. Google them.)

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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I'm not quite sure how you're banging up your legs on the pedals. Walking?
Yep. I walk my bike into stores, restaurants, bars, homes, etc. I walk it into backs of vehicles and it's usually my right shin that gets the abuse, most particularly when I've had a few...
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Originally Posted by michaelm101 View Post
Yep. I walk my bike into stores, restaurants, bars, homes, etc. I walk it into backs of vehicles and it's usually my right shin that gets the abuse, most particularly when I've had a few...
Get in the habit of moving the pedal, on the side of the bicycle you walk, behind your leg.
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Old 01-30-18, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Get in the habit of moving the pedal, on the side of the bicycle you walk, behind your leg.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Get in the habit of moving the pedal, on the side of the bicycle you walk, behind your leg.
Hmmm...
I have to think about that some. I usually walk the bike by holding onto the seat. Rarely the bars. I never bump into the pedals, although I'm almost always walking on the left of my bike, and regularly bump into the trailer tongue as I'm pushing the bike + trailer uphill.

Without the trailer, I have, on occasion walked behind the bike.

Anyway, I think the pedals are often either to my side, or slightly in front of me.
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Old 01-30-18, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by michaelm101 View Post
I've used MKS Sylvans with metal half clips for years, but recently looked down at my beat-up shins. Both sides of the pedals have a grippy metal surface when, due to use of the clips, I only require one side. Can anyone guide me in the direction of pedals that may accommodate the half clips, AND be smooth and less hazardous on the non-grip side? Thanks in advance!
VP Components make some interesting resin/plastic pedals without the harsh grip pins
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Old 01-30-18, 01:14 PM
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Speedplay Frog pedals are pretty well rounded (except for the protruding bit), so they don't gouge your leg when you kick them. Bruises, yes, cuts or scratches, unlikely.


But I sense the unwritten part of your question has to do with platform pedals, so this may not help.
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1/2 pedals are 1/2 the solution. Clipless or flats work well. Get some aluminum pedals with steel pins, no foot slipage. Walking with bikes? Hmm. Get a coozy, those foam 12 oz beer holders, will slip over some pedals, I use them when loading bikes in the back of the van.
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Old 01-31-18, 11:02 AM
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Good idea on the beer coozy pedal cover Leebo. Now the thread starter has a multipurpose use for his beer coozy.
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My day to day bike.. Not found a need for half clips , I have been using Ergon's pedals on several bikes, for a few years,

they have a central patch of grip tape rather than pins.. rounded edges , huge integrated pedal reflectors..

decades of touring on toe clip Campag steel record.. theyre not toothy






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