Pedal to the Metal

One of the things I have noticed recently, while biking with Mark and Caitlin, is that we all three have different styles of pedals.

 

I have the first type, Platform. This is the most basic pedal, which comes standard on bikes.

 

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The rider’s foot just sits on top of the pedal, and is not connected in any way. It only allows you to push down on the pedals with your feet, using only your quads in a downward, repetitive motion.

 

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The second type of pedal type is toe clips. This is the style that Mark’s bike has. Having a cage-like holder for your foot allows you to make a more complete circular motion with your legs when you pedal, because your foot is strapped in, and you can pull up. This allows you to use both your quads and hamstrings, working them a bit more evenly.

 

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For cyclists that ride often and on longer rides, the clipless pedals are, in my opinion, a wise investment. This is the type of pedal that Caitlin just started using.

 

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Sorry the picture is so blurry, but here is what the clipless pedal looks like. It has a little metal piece that your shoe clips into.

 

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This type of pedal requires special shoes, which can get expensive. It is also most difficult to disconnect from, which makes it not as safe if you are riding on the road, or in traffic.

 

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The last two methods obviously are more efficient for a rider than the first. It allows you to get a full circular leg motion, giving you a better workout and not allowing just your quads to get sore.

 

Ashley let me know yesterday on Twitter that Orange Cycle in Downtown Orlando was having a sale on everything in the store. I literally jumped up right then and headed out the door. I have been wanting to upgrade for a while, but don’t want to spend a fortune.

 

I picked this toeclips set up for less than 10 dollars!

 

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It is the best investments I have made on my bike. In fact, I was SO excited, that I decided to make a video on how easy it is to install toe clips on existing platforms.

 

 

If you haven’t done this yet, I recommend it!

Making the video took longer than actually installing the toeclips. By the time I got done, I was starving and wanted a quick, easy meal.

 

Sweet potato and baked beans. Possibly my new favorite combination.

 

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With a side of mini trees.

 

Mark made brownies, and I happily ate one two. 😀 I have a major sweet tooth, and I am not shy about it!! It’s bad. 

 

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Thanks to Mark and Caitlin for participating.

 

Do you have a road bike? What type of pedals do you use? Do you want to upgrade? Have you noticed a difference since you upgraded?

 

❤ MegaNerd

The Spirit of MY FIRST Marathon.

Good morning!

 

I made a lovely yogurt mess this morning for breakfast.

 

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This combination of Kashi heart to heart, granola, and vanilla Oikos never gets old.

 

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I’m officially in Back-to-school mode, so I will be gone all day. I thought I would leave you with a video recap of my first marathon experience.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

❤ MegaNerd