Ensuring that your feet stay securely in place while riding a recumbent trike is crucial for safety, comfort, and efficiency. With your feet positioned in front of you, attempting to balance them on the pedals can be both energy-draining and risky. If your feet slip off, you could even end up injuring yourself.
Fortunately, there are several systems available that can help keep your feet in place. While road bicycle systems tend to have stiff soles and can be difficult to walk in, mountain bike shoes feature soles with cleats that are recessed, allowing for normal walking. We recommend using the Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) mountain style system, which we personally use and trust. This system is also available on sandals from Shimano and Pearl Izumi offers several models that resemble gym shoes.
It’s worth noting that recumbent trikes do not typically include pedals as standard equipment. As such, it’s important to choose a system that is compatible with your pedals. For instance, if you have SPD pedals, make sure to select shoes that can accept two-bolt SPD mountain cleats.
Overall, investing in a reliable system to secure your feet is well worth the effort. Not only will it enhance your riding experience, but it will also keep you safe on the road.