I’ve never felt comfortable riding with clip pedals in the city. I know I’d gain efficiency in my pedal stroke if I locked my feet in, but I don’t want to and I’m not going to (hands-on-hips). I swapped my clip pedals with a Timbuk2 friend long ago and I’m very happy with his flat metal pedals. Why? Because I never get stuck and I can wear whatever shoes I want to. Today featured flat, studded sandals*; totally practical cycling shoes.
Footwear Tip: If you use flat pedals, you don’t need to bring a change of shoes. You can wear the shoes you want to wear all damn day (imagine that!). In fact, biking facilitates the wearing of torterous heels because on a bike you float effortlessly above the ground instead of teetering on top of it. At this very moment, I can see two pairs of heels that cycled into Timbuk2 this morning. But in full disclosure, I’m not a heels expert (gasp). So we shall dip into my colleague’s well of biking-in-heels knowledge next week.
Remember, don’t let footwear be an obstacle. Let biking set you free!