Shoes & Cycling
I seem to remember from other threads that there's a few cyclists around here, and being the aesthetes that we are, a lot of them are riding lovely vintage bikes. I'm using my dad's old Dawes Galaxy to cycle around Brighton, but I have a little bit of a pedal problem; I've got some lovely metal pedals on there which fit the bike's vibe. Only problem is that they have a tendency to scrape up the soles of shoes if I'm not careful; leather seems to be ok as long as it's the ball of the foot on the pedal (although I now have a lot of shoes with scratched-up arches), but they still get a bit battered and my crepe-soled desert boots are definitely suffering.
Any suggestions? I'm a clinical medical student so have to dress smart-casual most days, and I'd rather not wear trainers commuting and have to change when I get in. Any way to modify the pedals without compromising the aesthetics too much? Or a replacement which is kinder to shoes without looking out of place?
May I suggest something like this:
Wellgo V12 Copy Flat Pedals | Chain Reaction Cycles
They are a flat mountainbike pedal, designed for a flat "downhill" type flat soled shoe as opposed to the clip in type which have a similar system to a ski clip.
I think a flat MTB pedal will spread the load on the soles of conventional shoes and avoid the cutting in to the sole you have experienced.
Cheaper versions (with cruder bearings) are also available.
PS: The left hand pedal has a left hand thread. ie It screws OUT clockwise.
I hope this helps.
Lovely pedals (I have them on a couple of my bikes) but they will absolutely annihilate the leather soles on formal shoes. Ditto the toe caps if you're unlucky enough to have your feet slip off. Ditto shins. I speak from experience!
Originally Posted by AndyWatson
I'd recommend sticking with some classic pedals and adding a cage to them. It stops the shoe slipping around so should save the sole much better than studded pedals.
I have a vintage bike, but not the good looking kind, just the old beaten up, bought for cheap because I need a bike NOW, kind of thing.
Anyway, on that bike I have regular, flat pedals, and usually there's no problem with them. Leather soles can be a bit slippery on them, especially when wet, but it's quite easy to "lock them" with the heel of a leather soled shoe. There's a technique to it, I admit, but it's not hard. You have to be careful when climbing long hills, where you have to stand, though. But so far, I've had no major incidents.