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, the key word being casual. Please be careful!
Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Wheels Contest and the Summer #mikehacks Contest!
Step 1: What You Need:
- 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.