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    Shoe and Pedal recomendation

    I have 9 year old that is just tearing it up out there and could benefit from better footwear.

    For those of you who have hard riding kids what do you do? I don't think he's ready for clipless but I know his gym shoes are not the best soles for putting the power down.

    Not looking to break the bank as he will undoubtedly be another size next year but I want to do what right for him.

    An suggestions?

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    My son is riding with Tioga Spider Web platform pedals. The small ones. I put the pins with the less pointy tops on em and he rides in sneakers. He likes these pedals so much, they're on their second bike.
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    Re: Shoe and Pedal recomendation

    Look at BMX racing shoes, tons of small sizes and funky colors. I did see a kid at a BMX race with soccer shoes on; shoe cleats were ground down and clipless cleats bolted on. Not the best option for flats though.
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    My 11yr old has been riding clipless since she was 6 and my 8yr old just started this year. It is amazing how easy they do it compared to when I first started doing it. My 11yr old had zero learning curve.

    If you wanted to go clipless with them is not that big a deal. Before they switched they both used these ZUZU Pedals | SUNRinglé to keep their feet in place.

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    Zuzu Pedals?? Zuzu Pedals?

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    I kind of feel that I would want my child to learn how to ride on flats, properly, instead of like me, who can't properly do certain things unless my feet are clipped in.

    With that said, I'd just get some skater style shoes and a grippy pedal of some sort.
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    Take a look at the Teva Cranked shoes.

    Here Teva® Crank J for Kids | Stylish Biking Shoes at Teva.com

    Or these Teva® Links for Men | Mountain Biking Shoes at Teva.com

    Only shoes on the market that are kids bike specific. They also offer smaller sizes for the little child in your family

    Teva® Crank C | Performance Mountain Biking Shoes at Teva.com

    My son who is 6 wears the Cranked C. They are awesome!! No more slipped pedals!!

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    My 4yo also has the Cranked C....she loves her 'sticky' shoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I kind of feel that I would want my child to learn how to ride on flats, properly, instead of like me, who can't properly do certain things unless my feet are clipped in.

    With that said, I'd just get some skater style shoes and a grippy pedal of some sort.
    I would second that point. I "learned" to mt. bike on clipless pedals, and at this point I'm in awe of people who can actually huck and jump on flat pedals. I think it might be best to get them going on flats, then introduce clipless down the road.

    On the other hand, I also think the argument of "whatever the kid wants" is valid, and if they are jazzed on using clipless pedals like the big kids, and that gets em on the bike more, then go for it.

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