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Grippy pedals for my blind wife?

Old 05-07-20, 09:39 PM
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Grippy pedals for my blind wife?

we got our tandem and my wife is loving it. but sometimes her feet slip off the pedals. I was going to get her some race face pedals but I think the medal spikes will get her shins. any ideas on grippy safe pedals?
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I like plastic BMX pedals like Odyssey Twisted and Cult Dak. The Cults take a 17mm instead of 15.

Both are very grippy with the right shoes. Work great with Van's waffle soles. Most trail runners grip pretty good, but some are a bit squirrelly.
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On a tandem, I definitely recommend some sort of positive retention, as if her foot slips out while you're kronkin' on it, that can hurt pretty badly.
There are the standard 'clipless' pedals like SPD, or if you want something simpler without going with the toe cage and strap, outfits like Origin8 have a velcro strap that
should work with most platform pedals.
Our technique includes me holding the bike while my Rear Admiral clicks in, so that would work just as well with velcro straps.
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I agree, the "clipless" pedals could work well. The biggest issue for newbies is when they get stuck in the pedals, but if the Capatain is strong enough to support the bike, at least momentarily, then that shouldn't be a major issue.

For a newbie, set the tension weak, then one can make changes if one chooses to both push and pull, or needs more retention.

For Shimano SPD, there is "multi-release" that I think one can pull up and out easier, while the standard SPD requires a twist.

Many other brands and models of clipless, some with more "float", some with less.

It will take some practice to feel the attachment point, but most riders can feel the sweet spot without looking.

You can also practice on an exercycle or trainer setup.
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How about using toe clips? Lots of diff types available:
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How about using toe clips? Lots of diff types available:
She used them on a stationary bike at her parents house and had a hard time. right now she needs to focus just on the basics clips maybe later but you cant even try on shoes right now. I got her these for now.
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I am amp on left side. Using foot retention on anything outside an organized road bike event brings me great pause as I simply cannot get my foot loose on that side. I started using a very similar pedal to the Race Face. (I used to know them as Shimano DX back in BMX days). They have exceptional grip and feel. As another poster mentioned (and also experience from my BMX days) try to find some Vans or perhaps Airwalk shoes. The pattern on the bottom of a classic vans shoe works exceptionally well with the 'pin' type wafer pedals. It's like your feet are glued. The wide platform is also very helpful.

I also have to second toe clips (straps) in this case. Assuming no issue with mobility I would imagine her spatial awareness is good enough to easily get in and out of those.
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