toe clips on pedals?

does this work and has anyone tried it? I would think if it did work that you could go faster because you can pedal up, and I would suppose it would help alot for one footed ridin’. let me know what you think of the subject. And also if you have any tips on hopping and jumping, I can hop but when I get to the curb (or whatever) when I try to hop it, I stink. what is the problem, thanks, from a fellow unicyclist
Jonathan Ware

PS has anyone noticed that there are alot more unicyclists these days, I am trying to set up a unicycle club at my high school, I hope I can do that, then maybe I can get a t-shirt signifying how cool I am

Pedal cages, I think, fall under the same category as clipless pedals; Great if you dislike your face and wish to punish it with a UPD.
I think road riding is too unpredictable to risk cages. You never know when you may have to jump off real fast. The danger to muni should be pretty obvious. If you think that this is safe for muni, you should probably ride more difficult trails. If you ride on a track, I’d say go for it.
-gauss

Re: toe clips on pedals?

> does this work and has anyone tried it? I would think if it did work
> that you could go faster because you can pedal up, and I would suppose
> it would help alot for one footed ridin’. let me know what you think of
> the subject. And also if you have any tips on hopping and jumping, I

For years I rode with toe-clips/straps on my 24" schwinn. This started when
I was riding with the BYUnicyclist club. One of the riders rode a 20"
schwinn and could hop much higher with clips than I could without.
Therefore I surmised that if I added clips I’d be able to hop higher.
Unfortunately this was not immediately the case. I did find, however, that
the clips kept my feet from flying off the pedals when pedalling fast. This
is a double-edged sword. As many have pointed out when your feet are
secured to the pedals you increase the risk of a face-plant. I was lucky to
never get hung-up in the pedals to the point that I got injured. I did
occasionally have one foot get stuck but was alway able to safely “detangle”
myself from the uni.

Using clips (or any other method of attaching your feet to the pedal)
greatly improves your ability to jump rope (or any other hands-free
jumping). I also found that with clips I could ride faster. Not because I
could apply force to the pedal 360 degrees, but rather I didn’t have to
“waste” leg energy trying to hold my feet on the rapidly spinning pedals.

When I got my Coker I put half-clips on it. There is no strap on these you
just put your toe in them and it helps keep your foot on the pedal. I’ve
since remove them because they scared me. I had a couple of close calls
where my strong foot got hung-up and I nearly injured myself. Those who
remember my bee-in-the-ear Coker crash that resulted in a badly bruised arm
will be interested to know that was the last ride that I had both clips. I
think I might have still had one of the clips at the Salt Lake Olympics ride
but I’ve now removed all clips from all my unicycles.

> PS has anyone noticed that there are alot more unicyclists these days, I
> am trying to set up a unicycle club at my high school, I hope I can do
> that, then maybe I can get a t-shirt signifying how cool I am

I have noticed the same thing. In the last year I’ve met, ridden with, and
seen more unicyclist than in the previous 20 years combined (well except for
the year or two when I rode with the BYUnicyclists).

What High School do you attend? Regardless of whether you setup a club or
get a t-shirt made we all know you’re cool.

I don’t think toeclips will make you spin the cranks much faster but it will give you a little more power and allow you to pedal up steeper hills. As for hopping, well, you could do it with no hands (if you had the toeclips on tight enough)!

Having said that I haven’t actually tried toeclips but I did experiment with clipless pedals. I thought they were great for controlling the Muni but they were rather problematic when trying to disengage in the forward direction (=faceplant). I haven’t had time to look into modifying my cleats but if there is a way of allowing forward releases this may solve the problem.

Check out Muniac’s website:

http://www.muniac.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=000020

Ken

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before i tried to use clipless pedals, but i found i couldnt get started, with them, it was my first time using clipless, and i coulnd seem to get them cliped in without sittin on the floor, with my uni, then put one in the the other then try to get myself up. Not very effective way, so i didnt attempt it again. But i would think that they would sorta be dangerous, cuz you may not be able to get your foot off teh pedal intime, say if you were about to hit a dumptruck thats comin down the road and your stuck in the road unable to get out of the way. or if you just fall.

all i gotta say.

>before i tried to use clipless pedals, but i found i couldnt get started, with them, it was my first time using clipless, and i coulnd seem to get them cliped in without sittin on the floor, with my uni, then put one in the the other then try to get myself up. Not very effective way, so i didnt attempt it again.

Takes at least a week to get used to clipless pedals. I guess part of your problem is using clipless for the first time, as well as the problem of using clipless on a unicycle. When I first got clipless (on my bike) I would pedal, stop, flop over onto the middle of the road (very embarrasing and scary) because I had forgotten how to clip out. Having said that, I’ve now been using clipless for 8-9 yrs so I have no trouble disengaging on a bike (I would NOT go back to non-clipless on a bike).

However, on a Uni the problem of unclipping is that when you are falling forwards the delay in twisting your foot out is enough to bury you into the ground.

RE: toe clips on pedals?

> does this work and has anyone tried it?

People have tried it. It works until you crash. I don’t think I know anybody
who has tried toe clips or clipless pedals, and still uses them.

George Peck tried them for rough terrain.
Constance Cotter tried them for track.
I tried them on my Excessory Cycle (but almost always rode it using the
other side of the pedals).

The problem is the crash. You can break fingers, wrists, or just scrape
yourself up real bad.

When I ride fast, or on rough terrain, I want the absolutely instant ability
to get my feet off the pedals. It has kept me relatively scar-free all these
years.

If you try them, consider yourself warned by the unicycling community.

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com

“If people want to truly understand mountain biking, they have to do two
other things: ride a unicycle, and master the trampoline.” – Joe Breeze,
one of the originators of mountain biking, in a conversation with Tim Bustos

Actually I am trying to set up the club before I get to the high school, but I will go to alta high school. For all’yall that live in utah you should know that school. Pretty good school, I have converted a bunch of people to unicycling that are going to join, I can’t wait!!! The problem about not having a t-shirt is that all the unicyclist know that I am cool, but nobody else does, and that my friend just sucks-
-Jonathan Ware-