Classic & Vintage - MKS Touring Pedals
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11-07-10, 03:28 PM
I just ordered a pair of MKS Touring Pedals and was wondering about Power Grips? How do they work and are they comfortable for someone with wide feet.
11-07-10, 03:58 PM
They work by putting your feet in at an angle (toes towards the frame first) and then straightening you foot. The straightening causes the strap which is at an angle across the pedal to tighten and hold you foot in securely. I used to use them but clip in pedals are easier and safer to use. You do have to remember to turn your ankle outwards when you remove your foot similar to clip in pedals. If you don't do that your foot is not going to come out. Clip ins are just simpler and easier to use. Now days low end clip in pedals cost the same as what you will pay for your set up especially when they clip ins are on sale. Roger
11-07-10, 04:03 PM
I've had PowerGrips on my bikes for years. I like platform pedals, and I like to wear whatever shoes I have on. Sometimes, proper cycling shoes, too.
I was an early adopter of PowerGrips, and still like 'em. Not all pedals can mount them. They need the eyelets on the back side of the pedal, too.
I'm still a non-adopter of clip-ins. YMMV.
Someone on the Denver, CO craigslist has been advertising these:
Its a matter of time before something leather/canvas appears on the market or niche/craft market...
11-07-10, 05:32 PM
Those are nothing like power grips. /\
I can't guarantee that you'll love the Power Grips, but I do. The price may seem high for what they are, but the hardware is all stainless steel.
11-07-10, 05:42 PM
11-07-10, 05:50 PM
I've got big duck feet (10.5 4E), and Powergrips (normal size) worked fine for me. However, I've found that clips and leather straps seem to work about equally well, and are easier to adjust and to get into. Both options are good, and the MKS touring pedals are excellent (overhaul the bearings when you get them, though).
Powergrips do work well with MKS Touring pedals. I use them all the time.
11-07-10, 06:21 PM
I use Power Grips and MKS Touring pedals...works fine for me. FWIW I also use the pedals with toe clips and just plain. I had one set of SPD pedals, cleats and shoes, decided they didn't work for me.
11-07-10, 07:45 PM
They work well with quill pedals, too. I always install them inside out because I don't like logos.
I even put them on my 3 speed.
11-07-10, 08:32 PM
I've never tried Power Grips, but a closing LBS let me have a set for $1.
I remember trading them for something like some bar wrap, and the other guy was pretty satisfied.
Bike messengers like them, from what they've told me, for non-winter riding.
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