As you can see in the picture above I have crankarm shorteners installed on my trike. I am a short person and have short legs so shortening the crankarms is a god-send for me. Prior to getting the crankarm shorteners I purchased and installed some pedal extenders. I liked them but with the crankarm shorteners installed I don’t need to use the pedal extenders anymore because the crankarm shorteners do the same thing … positioning the pedals further out away from the crankarms. For me they are just the right amount so I don’t need to add pedal extenders in the mix. I know that the crankarm shorteners are not fabulous looking but they are quite functional. BTW, I have written various articles in the past about crankarm shorteners. Click HERE to read them.

And for those who take note that I am using regular BMX platform pedals with no type of foot retention … YES, I am well aware of the subject of “leg suck“. After all, I have written about it several times on this blog. I have tried SPD shoes and pedals but don’t care for them. I have also used heel slings which I like quite well. I used them for years but took them off and ride without them because truthfully I don’t need them. In over 86,000 miles of riding a tadpole trike my feet have come off of the pedals a few times but never have I had a problem with my feet going down onto the pavement. So I am not concerned about leg suck. If ever things change for me I will go back to using heel slings.

The use of crankarms shorteners is a matter of “killing two birds with one stone” and they help me greatly to …


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Author: Steve Newbauer

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  1. Some years ago there was a guy who would shorten crank arms for you. Of course they had to be solid arms but he did fabulous work. I got a pair of 165s shortened to 155 and loved them. And I don’t have short legs the shortening of the cranks facilitated spinning.

  2. You are certainly entitled to your own opinion and you are certainly free to discontinue reading this blog if what I write bothers you. You don’t have to put up with it. As to missing a key point of crankarm shorteners … no, I didn’t miss anything. I was not writing an article on all the reasons and benefits of crankarms shorteners. I wrote about how using crankarm shorteners such as I showed space the pedals further outward. That is all I was writing about. As to my covering my not using foot retention I did so because I just know there would be those who notice and comment about it. In writing about it hopefully I won’t get bombarded by those who think they need to get on my case about it.

  3. You missed mentioning a very key reason for shortening the crank, it can reduce stress on the knee. And, will help reduce or avoid knee pain. Secondly,if you are purchasing a new trike, it may be specially configured with a shorter crank. Thirdly, your comments about “leg suck”. Although secondary to your main blog, was actually longer. You could have easily just said, “yes I am using no pedal retention and that is my choice not to wear straps – hyperlink to past blogs.” I have experienced leg suck. Retention would have prevented that. And, now that I am using retention, I am experiencing a more productive stroke. There is downside to retention. As you have pointed out endless times in the past, it is painful and can cause numbness – which I experience. At which point, I disengage the retention for a few minutes and move my foot around. Also, I rode into a “hole” going about 0.25 mph. If my foot was not in a retention, or if I were more nimble to remove my foot quickly – I could have put my foot down to stop the roll. The roll only hurt my pride, which is a lot less painful than leg suck. It is your choice to use or not use retention. It is also your choice to write whatever you want in your blog. But, it is also a reader’s choice to continue to put up with it.

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