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Old 2002-09-30, 04:03 AM   #1
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Pedals

While going up/down hills today, I started thinking about
pedals. More particularly, I was thinking about how uni
pedals should be different from bike pedals.

On a bike, it's ok to strap in, because UPD's are so rare.
On a uni, it's not ok, because UPD's are so common.

So how come uni's don't come with a completely different
kind of shoe/pedal combination that works more like a
ski release, so that strapping in won't be so dangerous?

My first idea is this: eliminate the spinning part of the pedal,
and build it into the shoe. Then the shoe will clasp onto
a simple spindle.

Second thought: have a little tooth on the shoe that hooks
into what's left of the pedal so that you an lift up on the
shoe and still power the crank. On a UPD, the tooth
on the shoe will simply fall out, and shouldn't keep the
shoe from disengaging and slipping off to keep you
from falling.

Alternatively, simply mount a version of a quick release
ski binding on the pedal and adjust it so that it releases
_very_ easily.
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Old 2002-09-30, 04:21 AM   #2
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I'm more worried about pedals breaking from drop-offs. I had the original pedals that were on my 20" Norco street uni and after doing a 20" drop, the right one snapped in half.
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Old 2002-09-30, 04:51 PM   #3
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Re: Pedals

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Originally posted by hbaker1@pipeline.com
So how come uni's don't come with a completely different kind of shoe/pedal combination that works more like a ski release, so that strapping in won't be so dangerous?

I don't know about you, but I want instantaneous release from my pedals in whatever direction my foot needs to go. Granted, in MUni, this direction is almost always to the front. So a forward-release type of mechanism might work well. But to work for me, it would have to be instant, and not require any additional movement, such as twisting my foot to the side or something.

Why special pedals aren't made for unicycling is quite simple, supply and demand. Even simple pedals would probably cost at least 80 bucks a pair, and go up from there.

What has worked fine for me over the years is a combination of grippy pedal and grippy shoe. I like turf shoes, which is a kind of shoe with basically a knobby bottom. Golf shoes and indoor soccer shoes work well. I am famous (or infamous) for my use of MacGregor turf shoes from Kmart. Those aren't as easy to find as they used to be, but I still have some. More recently I got some Nike turf shoes, and those work great.

Pedals like that not only grip the pedals well, but they're great for wheel walking skills, as well as walking on steep surfaces.

I combine the grippy shoes with my preferred MUni pedal, the WAM B-1 from Wellgo. The ones I have came from Dans Comp, but they don't seem to carry them any more and I don't know if they're still around.

The Odyssey Twisted Pro, from Unicycle.com, provide a nice grip and a choice of colors:
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=214

So grippy pedals are easy to find, and cheap. What I don't get is why people like wearing flat-bottomed shoes for unicycling. The shoe tread matters a lot!

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John Foss


My first idea is this: eliminate the spinning part of the pedal,
and build it into the shoe. Then the shoe will clasp onto
a simple spindle.

Second thought: have a little tooth on the shoe that hooks
into what's left of the pedal so that you an lift up on the
shoe and still power the crank. On a UPD, the tooth
on the shoe will simply fall out, and shouldn't keep the
shoe from disengaging and slipping off to keep you
from falling.

Alternatively, simply mount a version of a quick release
ski binding on the pedal and adjust it so that it releases
_very_ easily.
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