Uni Pedals

I got a new schwinn a couple weeks ago and I’ve been having some trouble with
slipping off the pedals, especially when its wet. I’m thinking about attaching
some rubber or something to the pedals to get better traction. I also considered
toe clips but I’m a bit leary of having my feet too firmly planted on the
pedals. I’d appreciate any ideas for solving this problem.

I was also wondering how high people usually put their seat. I know on a bike
you usually go for goot leg extension, do most people do the same with
unicycles?

Alec

RE: Uni Pedals

>> slipping off the pedals

For unicycling, I avoid completely flat-soled shoes. Any soft crepe sole with a
little bit of heel tends to stay on the pedal better than a tennis-style or
bicycling shoe, and the heel gives me one last shot at the pedal before it
slips away altogether. And no, I don’t think you want to even think about toe
clips . . .

>> how high people usually put their seat

Seat height is right up there with politics and religion on the list of things
that people tend to have pretty fixed notions about, but, for what it’s worth
(free, in this case, and probably worth every penny) here’s what I do. I’m about
180 cm tall, of which about 150 cm seems to be legs. There was no way I could
ride on the standard Schwinn seat tube, so I had a metal shop create a longer
one. What’s comfortable for me is high enough so I can still just about pedal
with my heels. This gives me pretty good extension for my leg muscles so they
don’t cramp up. (Now several dozen other folks on this list will give you
conflicting advice, and you’ll finally come up with something on your own that
works for your body and riding style. Have fun!)

 Paul Goodrich
 psgoodrich@bpa.gov

Re: Uni Pedals

On Mon, 23 Jan 1995, Alec Bateman wrote:

> I got a new schwinn a couple weeks ago and I’ve been having some trouble with
> slipping off the pedals, especially when its wet. I’m thinking about attaching
> some rubber or something to the pedals to get better traction. I also

I too hated the cheap pedals that came with my machine. They also lasted five
weeks 'tho I should add that I did drop it lots. So I went off to the local
BMX shop and got some decent pedals. I wanted some GT DX’s which is what
almost all BMX’s use only they only had them in the std. BMX threading, not
9/16" which is bicycle size. But I came away with some Odessey Sharkbites
which look like they sound. 25 quid, huge amounts of grip, like I lift my foot
off and they keep grabbing it back. Might you, very spikey and scary so I had
to get some shin pads too.

jez jpw24@cam.ac.uk