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Friday, August 1, 2014

Pedals - Half Clipless Half Platform - 4 Things To Know

SunLite Single-Side Clipless Pedal 
Half-and-half pedals was BikemanforU’s answer for a customer who stopped by the bike shop this week. He was riding clipless pedals but didn’t want to wear cycling shoes on short trips around the village.

This bicycle component, also known as a single-sided or one-sided pedal, could be a simple solution. It offers two riding options: 

The clipless side requires a cleated shoe - it locks your foot onto the pedal for more stroking power. For recreational riding, turn the pedal over and ride the platform side with regular footwear.  

Points to consider when buying half-and-halfs:
  • Let you experiment with clipless pedals
  • You'll probably want to look down when getting on your bike to ensure your foot's on the side you want
  • Versatile - wear street or cleated shoes
  • Cleats should be matched with a compatible single-sided pedal Origin8 and SunLite both work with Shimano SPD, Look Keo, and other pedal systems. 

Recessed cleats, which retract into he sole of a shoe, allow for serious or casual cycling, and will be covered in a future post. The customer at Bike ‘n Kite apparently was feeling flush - he wound up buying another bike – he didn’t want to swap out the pedals he’d just bought, he liked his shoes, and his daughter could ride the new bicycle. 

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