Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

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[XAP]Bob
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Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

Postby [XAP]Bob » 11 Jan 2019, 12:18pm

Question - how important is whole foot support?
Dumped some flats on this morning and rode to the hospital... not very far or fast, but with only the front of my foot supported... what will complain as au extend the ride?
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Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

Postby Tigerbiten » 11 Jan 2019, 3:56pm

It's a question of what level of risk you find acceptable.
In flats you could pedal 10k miles without anything going wrong.
Or on your next ride you could have an accident where your foot slips off the pedal.
I personally haven't heard of it happening to anyone.
But there enough stories of it happening that it probably has.
Also I've ridden my bent trike with a very very worn set of SPD's.
It was a bit disconcerting when my foot was unclipped due to a bump.
If I was going to be doing more than just knocking around in the local park then I'd probably some form of heel support as a minimum.

Then again I don't wear a helmet on my bent trike .......... :lol:

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Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

Postby [XAP]Bob » 11 Jan 2019, 4:00pm

I’ll be doing straps etc, it’s a question of support all the way back to the heel that I’m looking at (as in all along the sole of the foot, not something to support the heel from falling)
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Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

Postby [XAP]Bob » 11 Jan 2019, 6:38pm

Looking around there does seem to be general support for more support...

Wonder if a completely flat pedal would work (flat and straps). Might get some SPD plate adaptors, they look easy to built onto:
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A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.