In praise of platform pedals

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Sunday, January 21, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

As I promised to do the other day, I'll mention the drawbacks of clipless pedals and the benefits of regular, old-fashioned, flat platform pedals. Basically, it boils down to a lack of flexibility in your footwear, and the inability to dab quickly where conditions might warrant.

My old MTB-style winter bike usually has platform pedals with PowerGrips. For deep snow and extreme muck commute conditions, it's easier for me to wear waterproof hiking boots with gaiters (when necessary). I have studded tires, but I still find it necessary to dab to stay upright on occasion.

It turns out I'll often take this platform-equipped bike for quick jaunts to the coffee shop or neighborhood park. I don't need to change into cycling shoes.

Sue, Kent and Jill cited these advantages of platform pedals, discussing the reasons for their personal preferences.

Photo info: blue shoes by enyahs.

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In your post on clipless pedals, some folks mentioned that they liked the fixed position of the foot on the pedal.

I find that with flat pedals and "regular" shoes, being able to move my foot around for different positions on the pedal is a great advantage-- when climbing, on rough terrain, or when fatigued.

I do like the speedy, efficient feeling of riding clipless, especially on a fixed gear. I guess I swing both ways.
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