Old Path...heel slings

I am still riding my 5-6 year old Path almost daily. A few months ago my right foot slipped out of the Power Grip and I ran over it at speed...very painful. Last week my foot slipped out causing me to swerve but at least I didn't run over the foot again. Yesterday I removed the Power Grips and I installed JSRL Design foot slings. I rode with them the first time today and they will take a little getting used to. It looks like they will keep me from running over a foot in the future.

Comments

  • Power grips are useless on a Trike for keeping your foot in place. You are lucky you haven't broken your leg.
  • Part of the problem was the tread on the soles of my TEVA sandals is getting worn.
  • rgfitz5280 wrote: »
    Part of the problem was the tread on the soles of my TEVA sandals is getting worn.

    The main problem is that Power Grips are dangerous on trikes.
  • Be very cautious with those slings also.
  • I purchased a Terra Trike Traveler a little over a month ago, and use the Terra Trike heel straps supplied for about a week. They did the job of keeping my feet on the peddles. However, the were cumbersome too get in and out of. I then went to clip-less peddles and shoes with SPD clips. As far as I am concerned, they are the only way to go. I highly recommend them.
  • Captainbob wrote: »
    rgfitz5280 wrote: »
    Part of the problem was the tread on the soles of my TEVA sandals is getting worn.

    The main problem is that Power Grips are dangerous on trikes.

    Having never used power grips, can't say one way or the other. I do know I really like the slings I use now. I won't "clip in" with the "clipless" pedals. I have to think about how I put me feet into the slings, and then think about how to get them out. With the Velcro on my slings sticking to my sandals or slippers, I would lose them before my feet came out.
  • Would have liked to have tried the SPD-SL method for more foot platform. SPD is good, although that small section does make the feet feel uncomfortable at different times.
  • Do you feel your feet falling off the pedals all the time or just after you've ridden a certain number of miles? Do you lose feeling in the feet?

    Seriously, I don't have this issue. I tried shoes with hard soles and had the problem. But, since I started wearing Skechers Go Walks with the foam soles, I have a good grip and the feet never leave the pedals.
  • Captainbob wrote: »
    Power grips are useless on a Trike for keeping your foot in place. You are lucky you haven't broken your leg.

    and

    The main problem is that Power Grips are dangerous on trikes.

    I've been using XL Power Grips for two summers without incident. 800 miles last year, and 1000 miles already this year. I sure hope you're wrong Captainbob. What and where is your evidence? I was quoted roughly a grand for custom made clipless shoes to fit these extra wide/extra deep size 15 feet. :/
  • My evidence was a black and blue foot that I could barely walk on for over a month. After riding with Power Grips for nine years, the slings do feel odd. My feet feel like they are slipping out of nonexistent power grips.
  • Just out of curiosity, could one use Power Grips along with the heel slings for the best of both worlds?
  • edited September 1
    Just out of curiosity, could one use Power Grips along with the heel slings for the best of both worlds?

    I am not sure you could mount both on the pedals very easily. The metal bar of the Power Grips, like my old ones, goes on the front of the pedal where the aluminum bracket holds the ends of the sling cables. It also uses one hole on the back of the pedal that the cable ties of the sling are threaded through.
  • The slings I have mount through the holes in the back edge of the pedal, which is the same place the Power Grips mount, I would guess. I bought them from TT's store, so you can find them there.

    BUT, the slings I have are strips of Velcro with metal edges on either side of the foot. Twisting your foot into power grips might be a bit hard to do with the metal on the slings.

    I think you could use both, if you really wanted to test it out. but it might be a hassle getting in or out of both together.
  • Guess I'll have to give it and try and report back here on my level of success.
  • Nearly a month using the slings I feel they are a success. They are well designed and the sling slips into the lower back of my sandals automatically.
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