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Barefoot Friendly Bike Pedals

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In the summer I try to go without shoes as much as possible. There's something liberating about having your bare feet in direct contact with the ground. There are benefits to being barefoot too; walking around barefoot also stimulates the flexibility and mobility of your foot, and results in a more natural gait (Wikipedia). However, there are some limitations to being barefoot; one of them being how much harder it is to ride a bike, especially with pedals like these. Instead of reincarcerating my feet, I decided to come up with a solution. I found that the pedals are quite comfortable and great for casual rides.

Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Wheels Contest!

 
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Step 1: What You Need:

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- Two sponges (preferably ones with an abrasive side that will grab your feet)

- Zip Ties or elastics

- A box cutter

Step 2: Make the Pedals

- Use the box cutter to cut the sponges down to the size of your pedals.
- Place the sponges abrasive side up on top of the pedals.

- Use the Zip Ties or elastics to secure them in place. Make sure you have full coverage of the pedals.

ladykalous29 days ago

Great so we are now encouraging kids to ride with out their shoes? Whilst this might seem like a good idea, its really not. Stubbed and scrapped toes, torn up feet when they crash and burn. Just like a helmet to protect their head, their feet should also be protected.

M3G (author)  ladykalous29 days ago
This is true, children should wear protective gear when riding a bike. However, this was intended for older, more responsible people who have some experience riding bikes, not kids.
mrandle M3G15 days ago
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leest86 mrandle14 days ago
wow. years ago kids never wore shoes anywhere unless going out for dinner. Theres nothing wrong with this. I hope you walk around with knee, elbow pads and a helmet in case you trip on a walk.
M3G (author)  mrandle15 days ago

Of course a driver needs a seat belt, that is a much more dangerous activity.

You can't be serious can you?

When you walk barefooted a lot it will probably not be more dangerous than biking with shorts. (when you are always wearing shoes and have delicate feet, you are probably right) It would probably be a fair discussion about what would be more harmful for a child: protecting them less from scuffs and bruises or keeping them from experimenting and finding their boundaries.

Very simplistic, but also very practical! Good Job!

M3G (author)  TrollFaceTheMan16 days ago
Thank you!

No thank you, for sharing :)

ttowngirl17 days ago
All of us hopped on bikes as kids. This is awesome.
M3G (author)  ttowngirl17 days ago

Thanks!

ttowngirl17 days ago
Perfectly simple!
scientist8018 days ago
duuude u r genius
M3G (author)  scientist8018 days ago
Thanks man!
heibert19 days ago

i agree with barefooting, but anyway we have to think about not only comfort, but safety. equip your bike with chain and chainrings (sorry if i incorrectly call bicycle parts in terminology) with some covers (shields) that prevents you from contact with moving parts, like on this pictures.

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M3G (author)  heibert19 days ago
That is a good point, thanks for commenting!
karlpinturr21 days ago

Nice idea - I'll vote as soon as I've posted this.

I wonder if it'd be worth putting the sponges on the OTHER side of the pedals as well - for when you don't notice they've somehow flipped over, so you find out the h a a a rr(gh!)d way..?

M3G (author)  karlpinturr20 days ago
Great suggestion! I did have a bad experience with the underside :)
yespotato26 days ago

My uncle lost 2 toes by doing this... but i still do it XD

asalter21 month ago
This is brilliant
M3G (author)  asalter21 month ago

Thanks!

jpade1 month ago

great idea

M3G (author)  jpade1 month ago
Thanks!
cdstudioNH1 month ago

Brilliant and hilarious... I love it!

M3G (author)  cdstudioNH1 month ago
Thanks!
bricobart1 month ago

Best hack of the week! ;)

M3G (author)  bricobart1 month ago
Thank you!
bergerab1 month ago

So simple but awesome!

M3G (author)  bergerab1 month ago
Thanks!

Simply genius!! I go barefoot everywhere around home in the summer but hated how the pedals drive into my feet!! By the end of the summer its no problem because your feet are tough enough but in the beginning... Ouch

M3G (author)  camping crazy1 month ago

I know how you feel, the first couple of weeks suck!

Fantastic idea!
I agree with the barefoot thing. I've been practicing 'Earthing' for the last month or so and it has paid huge benefits in terms of my peace of mind and helping me maintain a relaxed approach to life.

M3G (author)  craftclarity1 month ago

It's great, isn't it? :)

Yep. It sure is.