02 April 2010

Copenhagen Bicycle Gear Update!

Copenhagen Bike Gear
I spotted this in a woman's magazine in the Tips and Tricks section, where readers share their... well... tips and tricks.

A woman sent this one in:

"When it rains I just wrap a thick elastic around my pedal. It helps keep my feet from slipping."

Wonderful. In one of the world's wealthiest countries and a nation with proud design traditions all you need is a thick elastic on your pedals when it rains.

Highlights the simplicity of cycling, the attitude of Citizen Cyclists towards the practical transport tool that is the bicycle in established bicycle cultures and hammers home how different urban cycling is - and can be - from other forms of cycling.

Because really, all regular people need IS an elastic band, for example, much to the dismay of the bicycle industry.


Kelly D. Talcott said...

In the latest issue of "Bicycling" magazine, the editor starts her monthly column "Bear with me for a moment while I tell you about my new favorite pants." She then goes on to wax rhapsodic about a pair of $180 riding pants, which, truth be told, do look smashing.

I don't think the US press gets it yet, though. When I see the editor of Bicycling trumpeting her rubber band pedal grips, or pointing out that your cycling clothes are already in your closet, then I'll know they're on their way.

Green Idea Factory said...

Back in the 1990s I did a video about a rehabilitation-via-cycling programme for Afghan amputees (following the end of the war). One trick used to help bring a pedal on the prosthetic-side of a person up to where it could be pushed again was a bungee cord from the end of the crankarm to somewhere higher on the frame.

That said, my German friend's mom lost a leg as a result of post-surgical problems, and also has a prosthesis. She lovers her pedelec.

Anonymous said...

I tried the thick rubber bands trick. Didn't work.

I guess we have a different type of rain in Canada???

Joe said...

I´ve always wanted to use toeclips (for cases like rain, or going downhill on a cobbled street, where feet might slip), but all pedals that take them are those metalic dented ones, that destroy the soles of my nice working shoes (or the trousers if they slip!). On the other hand, all the nice city-bike pedals with their soft surfaces (good for the shoes) won´t take toeclips.

Manufacturers out there, I want a solution!!

Markasaurus said...


One solution may be the fabric (nylon?) toe straps I've started to see around San Francisco. They appear to be compatible with a wider variety of pedals. I've never tried them myself.