Hey everyone, bear with me on this one, as I know my title sounds silly.
As Summer approaches, the British weather has taken a turn for the better, with some nice sun and warmth and all that good stuff. Then, well, a week later it’s turned back again. So while I’m in the mood for some good riding, I’ve mostly just been riding on smooth paved surfaces (Not roads, but other spots). I’ve been taking this opportunity to work on riding fast, and doing it for long periods of time, which is where my title comes in.
I ride a 29er with a ‘fast’ tyre, and relatively long cranks. So while I can get up to decent speeds, by the time I do, my feet are going crazy. Sometimes, at the top of my pedal stroke, my foot leaves the pedal. While this doesn’t usually end badly, it does scare me, and occasionally causes me to lose some speed. I’d like to point out that I don’t think this is anything to do with pedal grip, as my feet don’t slip and slide, they just lift off the pedal.
So… After a few conversations and thoughts, I’ve thought about toe clips. I even looked at Clipless pedals, but I’ve never even used these on a bike, let alone a uni, so I decided not to risk it (Not to mention I love riding in my safety boots, and those fancy biking shoes look horrible). I also had a strange idea of somehow embedding magnets into my pedals, allowing me to ‘stick’ to the pedal but still be able to pull away when required (My boots have metal plates in the bottom that are supposed to be for if you step on a nail, I think my use is far more productive!).
I considered something like this:
Which eliminates the problem of having to strap-in every time I mount. But I thought their weight might cause the pedal to tip forward, which would make mounting and clipping into them REALLY difficult and possibly dangerous.
Has anyone had any experience in this sort of thing? I know there’s a few riders who ride clipless, but as I’ve said I’m not really feeling ballsy enough to try that. I don’t really want to go shorter on the cranks, as I do a LOT of hill-climbing and my uni setup feels more or less perfect for everywhere I ride.