For the past 8 to 10 months, I've been wearing a pair of Crocs when I'm hanging out at the house. They're not actually Crocs, but the much cheaper ($7) Wal-Mart version of the infamous foam rubber clogs. I was initially hesitant to buy a pair but my son's had absconded with two pairs of slip on Van's that I used to keep around for household leisure wear. I correctly assumed that they wouldn't be caught dead wearing Crocs, or frocs as my daughter calls them (frocs=fake Crocs). My Crocs are extremely comfortable, but, they've never been worn in public. Not too long ago, while reading the Velohobo blog, I followed a link to a blog by ultralight bike tourist Igor Kovse. The title of his blog, Who's Afraid of the Crocs. I believe that the title is a reference to his tour through Africa, however, he rode his bike across that continent while wearing a tan pair of Crocs. Could the cycling community be overlooking the greatest, most affordable, cycling footwear ever known? It looks like there were a few discussions about this very topic on Bike Forums a couple of years ago during the Crocs heyday.
This is a photo of Igor's footwear as he ceremoniously dips his feet in the ocean after riding across the African continent. Obviously the Crocs were up to the task.
I started this blog a couple of years ago when I used to print and sell t shirts with bike related designs. The name of my blog was the name of my business, Rat Trap Press. Rat Trap, referred to the old style road pedals, and Press of course referred to my screen printing press. Due to some sudden unexpected expenses I had to sell my screen printing equipment. I decided to stick with the name, RTP, and continue writing about my relaxed paced adventures around Fort Worth, Texas. Please take some time to say hello.