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    The Flying Scot chewa's Avatar
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    No quality nowadays

    As some of you might have gathered, I'm not a fan of Shimano parts (because of the global domination and restriction of choice resulting from their markleting) , preferring Campag if possible, and certainly a mix of what I consider to be the best bits for any one job.

    At present the only Shimano parts on my commuting frame are chainring bolts, bought in an emergency because they were the only ones which fitted my Stronglight C/set I could get in a hurry!

    The pedals on this bike were MKS GR8 pedals and I've just had to replace them as the creaking noise from the left one(which has been driving me daft for months, and which I've tried several times to fix and been successful for only short periods) was caused by a pit on the bearing surface.

    Now, these pedals have been on my bike, and the one before it, for a period in excess of 20 years and goodness knows how many miles.

    They would probably still be on the bike and performing faultlessly if I hadn't lost an end cap about a year ago and not been able to get a replacement.

    Anyway, I've replaced them with you've guessed it..................................Shimano?

    No, of course not! MKS GR9 pedals.

    If these are ok I'll be looking to replace them in 2025!
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    1985 Custom built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
    1964 Flying Scot Continental
    1995 Cinelli Supercorsa
    1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed
    2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
    (YES I LIKE STEEL)
    2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
    2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
    2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1

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    MKS do make replacement dust caps and cones, if you can find a shop to supply them . Im looking around for a source of MKS axles to replace some crash-damaged ones.
    On the Shimano front, I will defend them for producing some fine dual pivot, long-reach brakes.

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    The Flying Scot chewa's Avatar
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    Thanks Michael, I had tried but the only dust caps I could get were for the GR9 not 8 and they wouldn't fit.

    Typical tho' I mentioned to a friend this a.m and he says I can have his GR 8's as he's swapping to clipless!
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    1985 Custom built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
    1964 Flying Scot Continental
    1995 Cinelli Supercorsa
    1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed
    2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
    (YES I LIKE STEEL)
    2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
    2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
    2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1

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    Senior Member pat5319's Avatar
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    I once, in desperation used the plastic top of a Finish Line chainlube bottle, it was jus the right size to "snap in" and stay put, perhaps you could try the same with an old bottle top.

    Ride ingenious
    Pat
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