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    Do I want Track or Road Quill Pedals?

    I'm looking to upgrade my pedals on my '80 LeTour, snagging some cages and a pair of decent leather straps to go along. Brown has some MKS pedals that fit the budget, but do I want the Track pedals or Road style pedals?


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    To me, the road quills are more comfortable since the toe strap has the extra cage part to go through, then up and around your shoe.

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    I have the MKS road pedals and I like them alot. That said, the track pedals have crossed my mind as being a nice option since they don't have that little point at the end. The road pedals are nice and comfortable with toe clips. I have tried to use them without clips once and it was way way less than ideal since they are basically 1 sided.
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    From what I have been able to figure out in reading, the main advantage of track pedals is that they are narrower in order to minimize pedal strike on fixed gear bikes.

    Since I don't ride a fixed gear, and have wide feet, my choice is clear. MKS touring pedals (for the extra width)

    Here's a link to a graphic showing the difference:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_1Zb7K43b1D...MKS_pedals.jpg
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    I like the way road pedals look, but the outboard prong is uncomfortable with streets shoes, which I use for all my riding.

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    I can't stand road quill pedals due to the width of my foot, I always have trouble with the little lip. I've even gone so far as to cut it off on a set of Campy Gran Sport pedals (oh the horror!)

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    These look pretty nice f you have the $$$:



    Although you could probably pick up a pair of Lyotard #23s on eBay for a lot less.


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    Actually, I'm pretty sure that track pedals don't have the outside part because they weren't worried about pedal strikes. Tracks are made to pedal all through the corners, in road cycling you don't have that luxury. All my old campy road pedals have road strike damage from pedaling out of corners. This mostly shows up on the dust cap, but also involves the quill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    From what I have been able to figure out in reading, the main advantage of track pedals is that they are narrower in order to minimize pedal strike on fixed gear bikes.

    Since I don't ride a fixed gear, and have wide feet, my choice is clear. MKS touring pedals (for the extra width)

    Here's a link to a graphic showing the difference:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_1Zb7K43b1D...MKS_pedals.jpg
    +1 on the MKS touring pedal. I think they're better for commuting, and they're better for use with casual/regualr shoes, especially with bigger size feet.

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    I just gave a way a set of Campy Super Record track pedals, NOS, that I simply couldn't use because I found them unsuitable for my knockaround single speed.

    I use an old pair of MKS AR-8's instead.

    Big difference in value, I suppose, but I simply found the tracksters too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    Actually, I'm pretty sure that track pedals don't have the outside part because they weren't worried about pedal strikes. Tracks are made to pedal all through the corners, in road cycling you don't have that luxury. All my old campy road pedals have road strike damage from pedaling out of corners. This mostly shows up on the dust cap, but also involves the quill
    When you ride a fixed gear bicycle pedal strikes are always a worry and since most of us ride our fixed gear bikes on the road, and not on a track, this is a serious concern.

    Track bikes and many road oriented fixed gear bikes also have higher bottom brackets and tend to run shorter cranks to minimize the chances of pedal strike...every mm helps.

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    Thanks for the input. I guess I just gotta figure out which one I want to try out first. If I get the road quills and I don't like them I can always post them for sale.

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