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Pedals and Shoes for rider with bad feet/knees(3 posts)

Pedals and Shoes for rider with bad feet/kneesEngerSal
May 2, 2003 12:17 PM
Hey all:

I have been lurking for a few months, and now have a question. Its time to get some new shoes and pedals and I am looking for sage advice. I have been riding on some old (10+ years) Time clip-less pedals with some old Nike triathlon shoes. The pedals are big and heavy, and the shoes are beat. However, my knees are even more beat from years of abuse (with pretty regular pain on stairs -- not so much on the bike) and my feet are very flat and wide and pronated. Which shoe manufacturers make a good shoe for flat wide feet? Which pedal systems perform well for a broken down machine like me?
re: Pedals and Shoes for rider with bad feet/kneesjtolleson
May 2, 2003 1:09 PM
Carnac, Northwave, Pearl Izumi and Diadora are all a little roomier than their counterparts. Sidi offers a special wide model (the "Mega") in a couple of its models.

Knee problems are weird. Some folks do better going the way of tons of float (like Speedplay) and others prefer limited float. A cycling oriented PT may be able to help you decipher the maze. But given your background and style, you'd probably be happiest in an ATB shoe so that you can walk easily. Pedal-wise, that pretty much means SPD, Time ATACs, or Speedplay Frogs.

Some folks worry about the size of the pedal platform and thus like a larger contact patch (like a LOOK) but honestly if you get a good stiff sole (like carbon), I'm still not convinced that pedal size is a big deal.

It ain't "campy v. shimano" but it is definitely a topic on which reasonable minds differ. I have a fused left ankle, so my own share of biomechanical oddities, and have been happy as a clam in Carnac ATB shoes with SPD 959s. Not the hippest look for a roadie, but it suits me.
Dare I suggest toe clips?retro
May 2, 2003 3:24 PM
I have the same problem, and I finally started using mountain bike shoes (lugged soles for walking) without cleats, and old-fashioned pedals with toe clips and straps (Rivendell has some good ones if you can't find them locally). Not a twinge since the first day, and (maybe since I rode with clips for 20+ years before I ever tried clipless) I don't feel slow, geeky or unfastened.