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Gear Talk / Re: Pedal Suggestions for Soft Soled Shoes?
« on: July 03, 2009, 08:25:55 pm »
I've used everything from toe clips/straps, just about all the different clip-in systems, powergrips and nothing at all. I remember switching over to Look pedals when they came out (still my favorite road system).

With that being said, over the past 10 years, I've commuted to work and toured the US, Germany and Denmark with nothing more than running shoes and wide BMX/trick style platform pedals with little nubs for grip. I look for an inexpensive, well-constructed (metal) pedal, repack with better quality bearings and forget about all the hype. With this style of pedal, there is plenty of support for your foot, you have the freedom to make slight alterations in foot postion and you can wear whatever shoe you are comfortable in. I met many touring in Croc type "shoes" on my last trip. If you want a bit more support, powergrips are easy to use and stay out of the way when not in use.

I'm not against toe clips or clipless systems on or off-road. In fact, only my touring bike doesn't have them. However, they are NOT the solution to every cycling situation.


General Discussion / Independent fundraising tour 2010
« on: November 29, 2008, 02:58:47 pm »
Hello Everyone,
My wife and I are just starting to plan for a cross country tour in mid-2010. While riding, we'd like to also raise money for diabetes awareness and research. We have domestic and international touring experience. I even worked as a bike mechanic for nearly 5 years.

I'm a registered nurse working as a pediatric diabetes educator and my wife is a college professor with her doctorate in public health, preventive care. Other than working to partner with the ADA and JDRF, any suggestions on fundraising. Neither of us has done any fundraising in the past.

Thanks for any pointers or suggestions,

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