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    hey guys, ive done a lot of searching, got a couple of ideas for what pedal to go with, but what are your recomendations, I want something strong that will last, i plan on using my bike a lot, some thing durable, good straps you know.

    I have a Nikishi custom sport, i'm in the process for slowly getting her up to great condition

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    How about the MKS sylvans? They are cheap, light weight and have an attractive classic style. I have a pair for my Raleigh professional and I think they are a great value. The bearings were a little tight and dry when they showed up but that was no big issue.

    niagaracycle.com has them for $ 24.00
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=413571

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    have you considered clipless? once you go clipless, you'll never go back!

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    Clipless now, clipless forever. Better retention, faster exits, cycling shoes are WAY better for your feet on the bike than regular footwear. Get SPDs if you want to walk around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    Clipless now, clipless forever. Better retention, faster exits, cycling shoes are WAY better for your feet on the bike than regular footwear. Get SPDs if you want to walk around.
    +1
    and I have Looks on all my bikes. Functionality, I'd have to say SPD's. To "match" a bike with colors, and cost-wise, the older Looks are pretty good, but I still give the nod to SPD's. Available generic, genuine, and of course, used via buys and trades.
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    +1 clipless - I have old Sampson Stratics on one bike (there's no walking at all with those obnoxious cleats), Look or Look compatible on two others, and my 13yo just bought mtb SPD clipless for his Raleigh and loves them because he can walk around and it doesn't matter which side of the pedal is up when he goes to clip in.

    I did see some Look compatible cleats with a slot for old style pedal with toeclips on Yellow Jersey and may order those for my older Peugeot and keep the toe clips.
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    A non-clipless and versatile option is the MKS touring pedal:

    http://www.velo-orange.com/mkstope.html

    I have very wide feet but still can use these with toe clips/straps and not get hot spots. Or use them bare and still have plenty of grip.

    Neal

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    I like the MKS GR-9's I have them on my fixed and my commuter. On my 3speed I have the MKS Grip Kings...these are AWESOME!!! Not clipable(?) but super comfy.
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    once you go clipless, you'll never go back!
    I went there...Look...Shimano...Time...Shimano.

    Now I am back (with a large pile of clipless crap in a box).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    A non-clipless and versatile option is the MKS touring pedal:

    http://www.velo-orange.com/mkstope.html

    I have very wide feet but still can use these with toe clips/straps and not get hot spots. Or use them bare and still have plenty of grip.

    Neal
    +1 for duck feet and MKS Touring pedals; they're nice looking and you don't have to wear dorky shoes that make you walk and sound funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by 23skidoo View Post
    +1 for duck feet and MKS Touring pedals; they're nice looking and you don't have to wear dorky shoes that make you walk and sound funny
    Thing is... I don't find myself walking funny in my shoes (carbon soled). Though, I think that comes from the fact that when I was younger I LOVED roller blading (in-line skating) and those things are so much harder to walk in than my shoes. With my shoes (Shimano SH-R131, SPD-SL cleats) I can walk with my feet relatively straight, put most of my weight on my heels, make a tapping noise, but otherwise I walk like anyone else. Though, SPD-SL cleats have a curve in their surface to help with walking. Though I'd probably still get weird looks for walking in them at work (which I'll likely have to do tomorrow).
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    I have mostly MKS touring pedals with Power Grips on my bikes. The T.A. road pedals on my Peugeot are my favorites, but I can't afford more than one set. The quills have been cut off so I can wear normal shoes.


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    thanks guys, i think i'm going with the MKS. I was looking at the toe clips, kinda like the way the metal piece ones, rather than the leather ones.

    One questions, they ask for size but how do i know what to choose, i want something nice and tight that will be of good use when i am hitting some hills. My shoe size is 11, i use the bike to go to school, so i'm always hopping on and off the bike. Thats why i think the metal clip will be more conventional

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    Hey dirtdrop, what's that crank?
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    I wear a size 10.5 EE shoe, and the MKS toe clips in large fit fine.

    Neal

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    Quote Originally Posted by daddybland View Post
    I like the MKS GR-9's I have them on my fixed and my commuter. On my 3speed I have the MKS Grip Kings...these are AWESOME!!! Not clipable(?) but super comfy.
    I'll second the GR-9's. Or other configurations from MKS. Just be sure to overhaul them before use. Fresh out of the box/bag, they are out-of-adjustment and pretty much devoid of grease. But after an overhaul, my GR-9's are nearly as smooth as my 1982 Campy Record pedals on my vintage racer.

    Good stuff and low cost = MKS
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    Only panthers007 is stupid enough to believe that this is a good idea.

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    Get XL.

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    +1 on MKS touring. Easy to hop on and ride in any sort of footgear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
    Get XL.
    Depends on your front wheel overlap. Case in point, MKS LL-size toe clips are a tad too large for my liking, as I usually get overlap with them no matter what. L is a tad smaller then I prefer, but it provides far less overlap.

    Come to think of it, I wouldn't mind trading my LL's for L's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffieh View Post
    Hey dirtdrop, what's that crank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    I have mostly MKS touring pedals with Power Grips on my bikes. The T.A. road pedals on my Peugeot are my favorites, but I can't afford more than one set. The quills have been cut off so I can wear normal shoes.
    Cut off!

    Why not just get some track cages for them?


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