i tried my first 'rough terrain' ride with Richey Mountain Logic Comp
pedals. I think this is the way of the future.
Pro's: positive foot placement. Can't trip pedal. Can pull on the back
stroke, softens the deadspot (cranks vertical) by allowing push/pull
without tripping. Can hop without clasping seat between thighs, all the
wear is on the cleat and not the shoe. Should give substantially
increased hill climbing power ( but this has yet to be proven for the
unicycle ), the more petite pedal allows for more radical sidehilling,
a bonus feature for Moab. May reduce surprise body launches by allowing
the back leg to pull the body back enough to recover (yet to be proven),
pedal spline under ball of foot rather than heel allows for more power.
Provides a consistent contact to the cycle, not dependent of wet, cold,
or type of shoe.
Con's: trickey to get into and until it becomes a reflex, not likely to
release in a quick, unexpected fall. WEAR ROLLERBLADE WRIST PROTECTORS.
Small surface area may aggravate a lot standing. Clip under ball of foot
rather than heel may cause morevfatigue ( or not ?). If you like to hike
on a ride, those funny shoes don't do well.
I have just ordered a set of Shimano Deore DX636 which is a platform
pedal with the clip system inside so you get the best of both worlds.
The MTB downhillers and BMX'rs use them, so they might be ideal for
I will report.