If you are a bike mechanic or a racing cyclist, you should probably look away now: the rest of this post is bound to offend you.
I’ve just carried out a few "modifications" to my new bike. This involved using a pair of sharp scissors and some brute force.
I decided after a trial run yesterday, in which I spent about 30 minutes doing laps of the local streets, that pedals with toe clips and straps are just too dangerous for commuter cycling. I can appreciate that they are beneficial for long-distance riding and competitive racing, but for use in stop-start traffic they are too much of a hindrance — and I could just see myself falling off my bike if I tried to use them during my usual commute.
So this afternoon I removed the buckled straps and then proceeded to cut off the plastic toe "cages" with a pair of very sharp scissors. I know, I know, I know. I winced with every snip! But at least I’ll be able to cycle without worrying if I can untangle my toes in time to stop at the next set of traffic lights.
I’ll see how things pan out this week, but I figure I’ll be heading to Evans at some point to invest in some double-sided platform pedals — or simply "recycle" the ones from my old bike.