RE: foot placement and gripping pedals
> For MUni, people prefer grippy pedals. I would too. But I’m concerned
> about the difficulty of correcting foot position.
It’s easy. I twist my foot from side to side until it’s where I want it on
the pedal. At least that’s how I used to do it. I think today it’s more a
case of just a quick lift and re-placing the foot the way I want it.
> Work on better foot placement? (And then, specific tips in addition to
> the recent “don’t look at the pedal”?)
I always look at the pedals before mounting. But I don’t look at them after.
Everything I need to know about foot placement comes through my foot. You
can feel where the pedal axle is, and you should be able to feel if you’re
coming off the end, or scraping against the crank. Even with thick-soled
shoes or boots.
As for better foot placement, it’s something you can work on, but I still
don’t get it right a lot of the time. When mounting uphill on trails, for
example, you want to get your feet on the right way on your first try,
because you have to start pedaling hard immediately. But I don’t always, and
sometimes I’m not able to correct because I have to pedal too much. So I
wouldn’t worry too much about initial foot placement. Do other people get
their feet exactly where they want them every time they mount?
I prefer very grippy pedals and very grippy shoes. My preferred pedal for
These have a large support area, only 4 of those nasty pins per side, but
still plenty of grip. The site above is just the first Google hit I got, and
probably not the best source of the Wam-B1 pedal. I think I paid $30 from
DansComp, but they didn’t have them last time I looked.
I will go out of my way to find a good pair of turf shoes for unicycling.
Turf shoes (made for golf, or soccer/football on artificial turf) were very
popular in the US in the early 80’s, but then faded from the mainstream.
This is a shoe that basically has a bunch of knobbies on the bottom, made of
hard rubber. The very best ones (for unicycling) even had knobbies going up
the heel and toe. These were great for wheel walking.
Turf shoes and pedals with teeth give a very secure grip, but you can still
adjust them by twisting your foot around. The grip enables confident
pedaling at the highest possible speeds, with practice of course, such as my
old Guinness record for the 100 meter sprint.
My most common shoe over the years was from MacGregor, a company
specializing in golf stuff. I used to get these shoes at Kmart, very cheap!
Now they can only be found in some Kmarts, and I hardly ever see them. These
shoes are not for everyone though, as they offer minimal support. They’re
very lightweight, and relatively thin in the sole. This gives you good feel
of the pedal, but will give some people sore feet from lots of riding.
More recently I found a pair of Nike turf shoes that are excellent. But I
accidentally left them at Nathan Hoover’s house last week, and now I won’t
have them back until our next group ride. I’m back to my beat-up old
Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“Vehicularly-Injured Sperm-Count seat: better known by it’s abbreviated
name, Viscount.” David Stone, on saddle preference