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The Catalyst Pedal from Pedaling Innovations is an extra-long platform bike pedal designed to optimize cycling performance, boost stability and confidence, avoid common foot and lower body injuries, and enable improved foot comfort and health while cycling.
Clipless pedals, which are almost always used in combination with stiff-soled and narrow cycling shoes, restrict natural foot motion and route the full force of the pedal stroke through a very small surface area on the ball of your foot. This places an extraordinary amount of pressure on sensitive ball of foot structures, including nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, and the metatarsal heads.
The Catalyst Pedal, on the other hand, enables you to use a wide toe box foot-healthy athletic shoe that allows your toes to splay, which in turn enhances the stability of your foot on the pedal. And it allows you to drive—using your full foot—into a solid platform or surface. This spreads the contact force across your foot and reduces point pressure on ball of foot structures, which helps reduce the chances of developing ball of foot problems.
Using the Catalyst Pedal in combination with men's or women's foot-healthy shoes, Correct Toes toe spacers, Injinji toe socks, and Strutz foot pads or Pedag metatarsal pads may help alleviate and prevent foot health problems that are extremely common among cyclists, such as hot spots, plantar fasciosis, and neuromas, as well as bunions, hammertoes, and other types of crooked toes. This elongated platform pedal also helps address and prevent knee pain—another common problem experienced by cyclists.
We’ve tried and tested the Catalyst Pedal and firmly believe it’s an excellent product that will help you improve your long-term foot and lower body musculoskeletal health. Also, in our experience, the Catalyst Pedal is, by far, the most comfortable bike pedal we have ever tried.
Catalyst Pedals work great for a variety of cycling activities, including road cycling, mountain biking, and bike commuting.