Touring - Pedals
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Has anyone tried the MKS Sylvan Tour Wide Pedals & XL Steel Toe Clips shown on the attached link?
I was wondering if they would be prone to scraping while cornering on my Surly Cross-check.
Also, what is your opinion of putting a Brooks B-17 saddle on this bike.
I use similar but cheaper pedals on my bike. And plastic clips instead of steel.
As far as scraping on corners, that usually occurs when racing and you're trying to pedal through a sharp curve. Whether or not you scrape also depends on bottom bracket height, crank length, how sharply you lay your bike over, etc. I just cruise around and don't pedal through sharp turns.
I prefer clips/straps and like a wider platform, so these pedals would be OK for me. I've used steel clips in the past and don't recall any problems.
As for the saddle, that seems to be a matter of personal preference. Even more personal that choice of pedals :eek:
Matthew A Brown
05-20-04, 12:28 PM
There are probably those who could convincingly argue for using a B17 on a dentist's chair, let alone a cross frame.
But they're pretty much the way to go, touring-wise.
05-20-04, 01:07 PM
I use the MKS Touring pedals with Power Grips and they are far superior to any toe clips-steel, aluminum, resin-I've ever used. Easier to get in and out of too. Also, if you're pedaling those first few rotations with your pedals upside down the Power Grips just float along underneath without the huge, wanking scrapping sound (and wear & tear) that you encounter with clips.
Try 'em, you'll like 'em!
BTW, install the Power Grips inside out so the logo isn't visible if that sorta thing bugs you... it does me.
05-20-04, 01:14 PM
I use the Sylvians with Christophe metal clips and leather straps. Cornering clearance is adaquate, but I do bump the pedals under unusual circumstances, eg riding over a small speed bump, cornering on a steep camber, basically all the places you should keep your inside pedal UP. I do plenty of trail riding with this bike and clearance is not a problem.
A cross bike should have a higher bottom bracket than a tourng bike, so you may have better clearance.
The pedals are tough, light, durable and good value.
got my power grips, only to discover that my cage is too small.
Returning the Powergrips and getting the kit is not really a good option for me.
Can anybody recommend a nice roomy pedal/cage that works well with power grips?
I have size 12 feet, and wear trail sneakers just to make it worse
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