Pedal traction discovery

I just got a 200% increase in pedal traction for my Miyata Deluxe with white
plastic pedals. I got some Sperry Topsider shoes. They are narrow, which keeps
them out of the cranks. They are also sticky in the wet, which should come in
handy here in Abbotsford (near Vancouver, BC) as I plan to ride through the
winter. Tested the wet performance today, and it was fine.

I noticed a vast increase in my confidence and better free mount control. Anyone
else out there using Topsiders?

Blessings!

Arthur Doerksen

RE: Pedal traction discovery

> I just got a 200% increase in pedal traction for my Miyata Deluxe with white
> plastic pedals. I got some Sperry Topsider shoes. They are narrow, which keeps
> them out of the cranks. They are also sticky in the wet, which should come in
> handy here in Abbotsford (near Vancouver, BC) as I plan to ride through the
> winter. Tested the wet performance today, and it was fine.
>
> I noticed a vast increase in my confidence and better free mount control.
> Anyone else out there using Topsiders?
>
> Blessings!
>
> Arthur Doerksen
>
I practically grew up in topsiders (my aunt was rather anal about only wearing
Sperrys, which has rubbed off on me), and have ridden with both the leather,
traditional ones and the canvas versions, dating back to probably 1975. They do
provide terrific grip, no question. But for long distance riding, I could
imagine problems with their lack of stiffness–not much support for your foot.
I’ve ridden in LL Bean hunting boots before in muddy weather, and they worked
really well–soft, gummy soles but firm support.

Peter

Re: Pedal traction discovery

Greetings

In message “Pedal traction discovery”, Arthur Doerksen wrote…
>I just got a 200% increase in pedal traction for my Miyata Deluxe with white
>plastic pedals. I got some Sperry Topsider shoes. They are narrow, which

What specific pedals do you mean? I’d like to get them.

>keeps them out of the cranks. They are also sticky in the wet, which should
>come in handy here in Abbotsford (near Vancouver, BC) as I plan to ride
>through the winter. Tested the wet performance today, and it was fine.
>
>I noticed a vast increase in my confidence and better free mount control.
>Anyone else out there using Topsiders?
>
>Blessings!
>
>Arthur Doerksen
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

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RE: Pedal traction discovery

Jack,

> Greetings
>
> In message “Pedal traction discovery”, Arthur Doerksen wrote…
> >I just got a 200% increase in pedal traction for my Miyata Deluxe with white
> >plastic pedals. I got some Sperry Topsider shoes. They are narrow, which
>
> What specific pedals do you mean? I’d like to get them.

Could Arthur mean that he has a Miyata Deluxe with white plastic pedals and he
got a 200% increase in pedal traction with his Sperry Topsider shoes? Could the
shoes be narrow and are keeping him out of the cranks. I have a few skins on my
ankles from the cranks myself. I’m not familiar with those shoes but they sound
like boating shoes.

     Lowell yoda@socket.net

> >keeps them out of the cranks. They are also sticky in the wet, which should
> >come in handy here in Abbotsford (near Vancouver, BC) as I plan to ride
> >through the winter. Tested the wet performance today, and it was fine.
> >
> >I noticed a vast increase in my confidence and better free mount control.
> >Anyone else out there using Topsiders?
> >
> >Blessings!
> >
> >Arthur Doerksen
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
> Regards, Jack Halpern CJK Dictionary Publishing Society, http://www.kanji.org
> Voice: +81-48-481-3103 Fax: +81-48-479-1323
>

Re: Pedal traction discovery - clarification

“yoda” <yoda@socket.net> wrote in message
news:000001c017a4$46455c40$c22f6ad8@k4cybertech.mocty.com… …
> Could Arthur mean that he has a Miyata Deluxe with white plastic pedals and he
> got a 200% increase in pedal traction with his Sperry Topsider shoes? Could
> the shoes be narrow and are keeping him out of the cranks. I have a few skins
> on my ankles from the cranks myself. I’m not familiar with those shoes but
> they sound like boating shoes.
>
> Lowell yoda@socket.net

I just realized that my post could be read as a plug for white plastic pedals to
boost traction. It is NOT! The Topsiders were my effort to improve traction on
the smooth white plastic. My son Daniel has no traction problems, as his pedals
are Primo Meat Tenderizers with nasty steel pegs sprinkled about. They leave
quite distinctive marks on his calves and shins from time to time.

By the way, I also converted the blue and white Miyata seat to air-filled. It
was very easy. I used a 12 1/2"x2.125" inner tube with the excess length formed
into a W at the front and middle, held by a rubber band. I found that the tube
stem could be kept secure through the seat by a Ty-rap around it snug against
the bottom of the seat plate. I then put two layers of 1/4" bubble wrap in the
seat cover and re-installed it. What a difference!

Blessings!

Arthur

RE: Pedal traction discovery - clarification

Arthur, I kinda figured that is what you meant.

     Lowell yoda@socket.net

> “yoda” <yoda@socket.net> wrote in message
> news:000001c017a4$46455c40$c22f6ad8@k4cybertech.mocty.com… …
> > Could Arthur mean that he has a Miyata Deluxe with white plastic pedals and
> > he got a 200% increase in pedal traction with his Sperry Topsider shoes?
> > Could the shoes be narrow and are keeping him out of the cranks. I have a
> > few skins on my ankles from the cranks myself. I’m not familiar with those
> > shoes but they sound like boating shoes.
> >
> > Lowell yoda@socket.net
>
> I just realized that my post could be read as a plug for white plastic pedals
> to boost traction. It is NOT! The Topsiders were my effort to improve traction
> on the smooth white plastic. My son Daniel has no traction problems, as his
> pedals are Primo Meat Tenderizers with nasty steel pegs sprinkled about. They
> leave quite distinctive marks on his calves and shins from time to time.
>
> By the way, I also converted the blue and white Miyata seat to air-filled. It
> was very easy. I used a 12 1/2"x2.125" inner tube with the excess length
> formed into a W at the front and middle, held by a rubber band. I found that
> the tube stem could be kept secure through the seat by a Ty-rap around it snug
> against the bottom of the seat plate. I then put two layers of 1/4" bubble
> wrap in the seat cover and re-installed it. What a difference!
>
> Blessings!
>
> Arthur

RE: Pedal traction discovery - clarification

> My son Daniel has no traction problems, as his pedals are Primo Meat
> Tenderizers with nasty steel pegs sprinkled about.

That’s a great description of strong gripping unicycle pedals!

> They leave quite distinctive marks on his calves and shins from time to time.

In MUni-speak, we call those Calf Tracks, and Shindentations. :slight_smile:

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