I believe there is no such thing as bad shoes for everyday cycling, only bad pedals. :-) Although I rarely wear high heels (preferring not to feel hobbled), I do not want my bike to prevent me from pulling them out on those days when I feel inspired.
My friend Chika recently wore these fabulous high-heeled sandals while riding her new Linus Dutchie. Although she looked kick-ass, she admitted that the heels were very difficult to bike in, as her foot kept sliding off the pedal.
While some may say, “Um, don’t bike in heels,” that’s not how we roll around here. Instead, I commiserated – been there, experienced that – and encouraged her to consider replacing the Linus’s stock pedals with inexpensive Dimension rubber pedals. Chicagoans: you can buy them locally at J.C. Lind Bikes.
I discovered these particular Dimension pedals while borrowing a De Fietsfabriek bike for a group ride. During that ride, my normally difficult, high pumps stayed glued to the pedals as if by magic.
I soon bought the same pedals for my Oma and they have been going strong for over two years. The rubber has not lost its grippiness over time and the heavy use has not worn them down.
As I said before, the ability to bike in any shoe is all about the pedals. Well, okay, maybe these extreme(ly badass) heels of Trisha’s would be difficult even with these pedals. But maybe not!
What kind of pedals do you have on your bike? Do your shoe soles ever slip? Do you have your own recommendation for “best everyday pedals?”