This time last week I lost one of my dear toe cages on the C&O towpath. I never realized how amazing cages were until I had to ride the last 80 or so miles (plus some around the D.C. area) without my right cage.
With this said, can anyone offer any suggestions for reasonable pedals and chrome toe cages?
@mick Yep! We did the whole thing from Boston (PA, of course!) to D.C.. It was an amazing experience to say the least. I think I prefer the GAP over the C&O for obvious reasons (smooth, crushed limestone vs. muddy, root-ridden “paths”), though time on the C&O passed a lot quicker than GAP. I want to do it again, for sure!
If cornering clearance isn’t a concern (shouldn’t be if you’re riding freewheel and not racing) then get the biggest pedal-to-foot contact patch you can find, with an appropriate sized clip to put the ball of you foot roughly over the pedal spindle. Track pedals are usually super nice, but narrow for cornering clearance. Touring or road ones will likely be more comfortable for you.
I’ve fallen in love with the new-school pedal retention out there that uses a bmx platform pedal and a wide strap over the top with no cage. Amazingly comfortable, and secure.
I wrote up the below Hold Fast brand ones a while ago, but now there are some less expensive overseas versions out there under other names. Thick has them.