|One Side of These Pedals are Platform, the Other is SPD. Good for a Longer Clipless Ride but Still Gym Shoe Friendly|
Now, Buddy’s gotten a little more urban. My recent experience with ice biking and daily cycling (even on the least torrid days in North Texas) has combined with my strong objection to carrying extra shoes along on a bike trip, like to simply ride my bike to the gym. A clipless approach works well for a transportation cyclist when the ride is long, traction reasonable, and there are appropriate shoes at the destination. On the other hand, platform pedals add flexibility. The reason I don’t like them for longer commutes is platforms are less efficient and don’t give me the security of knowing my feet will remain in the right place relative to pedals.
The solution has proven to be ridiculously simple. It’s shown in the photo at top. The illustrated pedals have SPD cleat retention on one side of the pedal and are a platform style on the other. Mostly these are available in a silver color, but I scored a pair in "high vis" black that fits the black and white and red themes that run throughout Buddy's frame and components. While I might have to do without the toe clips that are installed on Frankenbike and my wife’s bike, these new pedals allow me to ride buddy with shoes I’d otherwise have to carry separately, while retaining the clipless option. For my shorter commute and associated utility tasks, this makes sense. The road bike will retain its single-sided, magnesium SPD pedals. For cross racing, I’ll change back to double sided clipless pedals. If I ever got serious, I think I’d look at something like the “eggbeater” system.
I’ve also made other adaptations associated with the new commute. I’ve acquired some new bags and plan to put them to a thorough test when the weather gets to being warm instead of somewhere between frigid and pleasant. Still, I fear that I’ve gotten carried away for commuting purposes and risk getting into serious shopping territory. Still, in the words of the “Mythbusters” cable show, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVERdoing.”
|Buddy With Platform Pedals|
|Buddy With Double-Sided SPD Pedals and Knobby Tires|