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  1. #1
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    Which is the right way to use these pedals?



    These are the same model pedals, the purple ones are an older version with a resin (?) shank. But the shape of the pedals is identical.

    See the little teeth? The metal shanked ones have only one tooth in the middle, while the purple ones have two teeth. Which way should the foot rest on these? Teeth up, and long side of the pedals towards the front of the bike, or teeth down, and the narrow side of the pedals towards the front of the bike?

    And what exactly are the teeth for, anyway?

    Inquiring minds want to know
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    Um. I think the right way to use the pedals is whichever way your foot happens to go down on this after the stop light

    Aren't the teeth just for traction on the sole of your shoe?

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    I'm curious because the pedal is shaped differently on either side so it makes me wonder if you're supposed to place your feet on it a certain way so it can support the foot properly. Also, if the teeth are for better traction on your shoe, why aren't they on both sides of the pedal?
    "A bicycle does get you there and more. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun."

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    http://bicycling.about.com/od/allabo...e_pedals_3.htm

    Looks like toe clips screw into the holes on the side of the pedal on the "short side". The tab goes to the back, at the bottom side of the pedal.

    Maybe it helps with kicking the pedal over to slide your foot into the cage?

    Paging DebW!

    Also maybe Oakleaf or Smilingcat?
    Last edited by VeloVT; 04-23-2009 at 10:20 PM.

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    Thanks for that link! it does appear that the smaller side of the pedal is supposed to be forward, with the teeth downward.

    These are my pedals. And I have been riding with the teeth upwards since I got the bike. I too figured they were to help keep your shoe on the pedal. I've also been working out some numbness issues in my feet. Since I raised my saddle, it hasn't been as bad, but still there on occasion. Today I was riding and for some reason, I had the thought that maybe having the teeth pushing up into my feet as I pedaled was part of the issue. So I flipped the pedals over and at first it felt really weird because there wasn't that pressure there but after a while I got used to it...and, lo and behold, I wasn't having any of that tingling sensation I'd been getting in my feet. So, it got me to thinking that perhaps I'd been using my pedals the wrong way. When the teeth are up and forward, it seems like a lot of my weight is on the smaller section of the pedal, and I wonder if my foot was flexing over the edges of the pedal, combined with the upwards pressure from the teeth on my foot...maybe that is part of the issue.

    So, that's why I asked this. I know it seems like using a platform pedal should be obvious, but I wonder now if it really is, especially for pedals that are not exactly the same on all sides.
    Last edited by Heifzilla; 04-23-2009 at 10:40 PM.
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    Those loops sticking up look like attachment gizmos to me, not like traction teeth. I wouldn't think you're supposed to put your foot on those things that stick so far up. I agree, must be cage attachments or something. Put your foot on the 'flat' side that only has the 'regular' smaller teeth.
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