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Toe shifting or Heel shifting

I have a vaquero 2011. Since I bought this bike, I have never used the heel to shift gears. Is there a way to eliminate the heel pedal or buying a new pedal without the heel? Please give me your preferences on heel - toe shifting.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-04-2013, 03:10 PM
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I like the heel-toe shifter. It removes the need to try and wedge your toe under the shifter, and in my opinion allows for quicker shifting either up or down. Not mention if you are wearing a nice(r) pair of shoes the toes wont get that mark from the shifter in it. I also think its more comfortable with the floor boards (or whatever the technical name for them is). Did take some getting used to though.
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lol this is like the 4th thread on this topic this week, I think. This suddenly became a very popular discussion point.

I never used mine on my 900. I just pretended it wasn't there.

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I love the heel/toe shifter, after getting use to it now I couldn't imagine being without it.

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I have a vaquero 2011. Since I bought this bike, I have never used the heel to shift gears. Is there a way to eliminate the heel pedal or buying a new pedal without the heel? Please give me your preferences on heel - toe shifting.
I didn't use it at first. Then one day I decided to see if I could get use to it and have never stopped using it since. That was close to 4 years ago.
Guess you could say "I don't leave home without it". lol


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My bike actually shifts smoother and cleaner when I use the heel shifter. Plus, I keep my boots from being scuffed.

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I used the heel toe shifter mechanism on the Honda Trail 90 many, many years ago. I liked the shifter then and still utilize both today. Heel or toe doesn't matter to me. No preference just depends on my situation and mood.

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I'll never hook a toe again. Love the heel shifter.

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heel & toe the only way to go

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X1000 on the heel shift.. i could never go back to a regular toe shift

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