I’ve got a recumbent bike and for about three years I’ve used one-sided clip pedals (SPD system). So a clip/click mechanism on one side (to click special cycling shoes in) and the other, regular, side for your normal shoes.
When going for a longer cycling trip and on holidays, I’d put on my cycling shoes (Shimano sandals, btw) and click in. Some advantages:
But the main drawback became more and more obvious in the last months. Since 1 January I’m cycling to work 5 days a week. 25-30 minutes one-way. Wearing my normal shoes. The drawback: I kept on having to rotate the pedals to get the non-clip side of the pedal under my feet. A chore.
The obvious solution: do away with the clips and mount a regular “platform pedal”. Both sides are fine for my regular shoes now. This is much more comfortable cycling when you have to stop a couple of times at traffic lights and such. I don’t have to watch my pedals anymore, I just put my feet on them and they’re always in the right position. And it is also just fine for longer cycling trips. I did 74km in 3.5 hours last Saturday with my regular Teva sandals: perfectly OK.
A nice background read: the opinionated pedal/shoe article on the Rivendell bicycle works site.
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