are there any nonplastic pedals that won’t totally destroy foam sandals? the plastic spindles on my torker pedals sorta worry me. and it just seems sort of silly to me to buy pedals that aren’t going to last me forever, so i don’t want plastic anywhere on them. i don’t plan on doing any muni, trials, freestyle, or other pedal-stressing activity any time soon
You could just buy some cheap metal platform pedals with removable pins and take out all the pins. Make sure ALL of the pins are removable, though.
There are metal pedals that use blunt molded “pins” (they’re more like nubs) rather than the replaceable threaded nasty sharp pins. Unfortunately I don’t know the brands or models of pedals that have the molded in nubs. Your local bike shop should be able to find them in their catalog. I used a safe metal pedal with blunt nubs when I was learning to muni.
John Foss uses a metal pedal on his muni that has molded grip “fins”. But again, I don’t know what brand of pedal he’s using.
They’re out there, just ask your local bike shop.
The wellgo’s have “nubs”, I think. The fins I think you’re referring to are caged pedals. Those are even worse than pinned platforms. Then again you could be referrung to the Brooklyn Shin Burgers, which are the pedals shins have nightmares of.
would these nubs be a problem if i barefooted?
No, they’re not caged "bear-trap"pedals. They’re very friendly and not scary. They’re also not like the Brooklyn Machine Works Shinburgers, those are nasty. The molded nubs or molded fins are rounded and dull and not sharp.
I have a pair of Shinburgers in the shop now waiting for the rest of the uni to be prepared. They’re actually not bad. I took one and scraped it on my bare shin using my hand and it wasn’t unpleasant at all. Of course, I wasn’t using excessive force. But I’m sure they would be very kind to sandals and would probably give good grip under sandal-wearing conditions. I’m pretty sure a person could ride them barefoot with no abrasion, cuts, or even discomfort. The top of each little “mountain” is quite smooth.
My personal opinion, though, is that there are few sandal-wearing conditions and no barefoot ones. The chances of losing a toe in the spokes are too high. My daughter uses sandals but her toes are completely covered. Her only risk with those leather sandals is losing a little skin off the top of her toes on a headlong fall.
I’ve ridden almost entirely barefooted for a year now (exceptions below). The pedals I’ve been using are the plastic ones that come stock on many Giant bicycles. The plastic nubs are just soft enough for bare feet and the pedals have a large enough surface area to help distribute the load. I’ve been using the same pair of pedals for a year, and though they are a bit chewed up on the sides (from UPDs) the surfaces are still fine, and the bearings are still as tight as new! Also, these pedals are real cheap (at least for me) - lots of people buy the Giant bicycles with other pedals, so the dealer sells the original pedals for $10 a pair.
I concure with your warning, but …
I’m doing about level 3-4 freestyle style riding on 20" and 24"s and feel pretty safe. I would not want to barefoot Muni or trials - unless I knew ahead of time that the route I was on was pretty tame for my skill level (which is currently zip for Muni/trials).
I played Hockey once barefoot - it worked fine but did worry me a bit. Having since read the hockey rules, and noticed that shoes are the only required ‘safety equipment’, I have decided that it’s probably for good reason and am now wearing shoes for hockey.
I wore shoes to learn mounting the Coker, and expect I will wear them for any planned fast rides.
I am also wearing shoes for giraffe riding. 1. for the softened landing, 2. for the added ankle support, and 3. to freemount because jamming my barefoot into the frame on top of wheel is uncomfortable even before starting the mount. – If/when I ‘master’ the giraffe and it’s freemount, I might consider barefoot on it - if I can get around #3.
Curiously there are some small benefits to riding barefoot:
You can tell exactly how your feet are placed on the pedals.
You can grip the pedals by wrapping your toes over the front edges.
You are less lekely to ride too fast (for fear of destroying your feet in a UPD
i like you %}
those are words to encourage any shoe hater. i don’t wear gloves and such when it’s cold for reasons sorta like those. i’m glad to see i’m not alone
I’m not sure how comfortable unispins and the like (or gliding, for that matter) will be without shoes. But hey, if you like to be a barefoot rider, more power to you! I’ve had some nasty owies from riding barefoot, but I’d say that’s more from my natural clumsiness than from anything else.
i don’t do any riding where my feet come off the pedals or me off the saddle. straight lines on sidwalks is pretty much the whole deal for me