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    Best commuting pedals

    My new cyclocrosser comes with SPD pedals which I plan to swap out for platform pedals for the commute, something like Wellgo MG-1s or DMR V8 or V12, but I also want to possibly fit footstraps such as these.

    I'm not sure the MG-1s can take toe-clips/straps. Can anyone recommend pedals that are good for commuting, can take toeclips/footstraps and will suit someone with large/wide feet (size 12/47) like mine?

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    Pretty much any pedal that has a cage that screws on are compatible with power grips or toeclips, the wellgo will not however, without mods

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    MKS Tour - fit my caveman-width feet.
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    I recently bought on ebay a MKS GR9 and i like a lot ride with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mejaime View Post
    I recently bought on ebay a MKS GR9 and i like a lot ride with it.
    +1 but, I am not sure how they would work for the OP, They will work with Powergrips, at least mine do, however, my feet are only size 9. I would recommend the extra long Powergrips for someone with large feet.

    I think MKS GR9 pedals are the shiniest pedals you can put on a bicycle. (Read as: the nicest looking pedals.) YMMV.
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    Hmmm, shame about the MG-1s, but the GR-9s do look a bit too narrow and slippery when wet.

    I'm looking at http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mks-sylvan-road-pedals/ now, look nice and seem to fit the bill, but still open to recommnedations

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    I would recommend double sided pedals, like these : http://www.wiggle.co.uk/us/mks-sylvan-touring-pedals/

    resemble the type of pedals that were what everybody rode in cyclocross,
    Lyotard 460D,
    before the clipless pedals took the field,
    Cross frame's higher BB's were to give the ground clearance
    for those upside down clips..
    with practice, toe flips the pedal and inserting shoe, within
    a crank rotation,or 2, of the post barrier remount.

    Of course a set of Shimano M324 duplex type, [welgo copy,too]
    can be toe-clipped on the top side , have the SPD on the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Of course a set of Shimano M324 duplex type, [welgo copy,too]
    can be toe-clipped on the top side , have the SPD on the bottom.
    I have the wellgo version of these (WPD-95B), and like them, but mainly because they're good for a multi-purpose bike. Long weekend rides and tours call for cleats, riding to work calls for platforms. Although I think they're technically compatible with a cage, it would make no sense since you would then, when using the clipless side, be riding with your toe-clips down, scraping the ground on every corner.

    If you want toeclips, just go with a standard platform like the Wellgo C128.

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    Yea, Shimano A-520, has another duplex .. more platform for softer trainers.
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    platforms

    I really like commuting on big bmx/downhill style platform pedals without toe straps. A pedal with screw in spikes grips a shoe sole just as well as anything, but its a lot easier to put a foot down in an emergency than if you are using toe clips/straps. I use the Bontrager Big Earl pedals for my super wide feet. The Crank Brothers 50/50 is a great choice too!
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    Shimano A-520s.

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    the mks pedals are a good choice...if the action is a bit tight (like it was on my gr-9's), you can loosen the nuts a little and they'll spin very smoothly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbcbikes2 View Post
    I really like commuting on big bmx/downhill style platform pedals without toe straps. A pedal with screw in spikes grips a shoe sole just as well as anything, but its a lot easier to put a foot down in an emergency than if you are using toe clips/straps. I use the Bontrager Big Earl pedals for my super wide feet. The Crank Brothers 50/50 is a great choice too!
    Me too. I have Diamondback Bigfoots on my beater MTB, and I'm thinking of getting a set for my commuter.
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    Just an FYI on the MKS GR-9's. I've used clips/straps for 20+ years. I recently bought a pair of GR-9s, beautiful pedals, and put clips and straps on them. On my first ride my shoes (which have a rounded profile, wider at the ball of the foot than the middle) got stuck in the straps and I fell over. This was without even having cinched down the strap. I think the combination of the narrow profile of the GR-9 plus the fact that they only have one (rear) set of strap mounts is why I had trouble with them. I now use MKS Sylvan pedals and they work perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynesworld View Post
    Me too. I have Diamondback Bigfoots on my beater MTB, and I'm thinking of getting a set for my commuter.
    i have a set of those on my commuter, and they have been perfect. grippy in the wet stuff, easy to get the foot down for the quick stops, and tough for locking up against whatever is handy.
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    I am utilizing a pair of Shimano MX30 platform/bmx pedals for commuting.
    They fit my various size 49 shoes well, run very smooth & are still going strong after around 20k km.
    Probably not the cheapest solution, however they have been a great value
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Shimano A-520s.

    I'm looking for feedback on these. Why do you like them so much? Do you find you have to look down to clip in? Do the pedals end up resting in some standard position every time you unclip? Something useful like vertically with the pedal attachment area facing you?
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    Another option for a pedal that can be ridden as a pure platform, but with clipless compatability (in lieu of straps) is the Crank Bros Mallet:

    http://www.crankbrothers.com/pedals_mallet.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooleric1234 View Post
    I'm looking for feedback on these. Why do you like them so much? Do you find you have to look down to clip in? Do the pedals end up resting in some standard position every time you unclip? Something useful like vertically with the pedal attachment area facing you?

    I use the same pedals. After a while they become second nature to clip into, and they aren't happy with all MTB shoes.. But that said they're invariably in the wrong position and I gave up using them as commuting pedals because they'd always seem to be upside down when I stomped down coming off a traffic light. The backsides are chewed up as a result from my cleats.

    They're on my carbon road bike now, simply so that I can use the same shoes as the rest of my bikes. I usually use Shimano M-540 SPD's

    But to weigh in on the "best" it's whatever you're most comfortable with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
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    I second this one. I have some with Soma double strap clips and they rock

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    I use Crank Brothers Eggbeaters, the same pair on 4 bikes now.

    Don't look down when you clip in. Hit the pedal with the bottom of your toe then slide your shoe forward and down.

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    I love my Shimano PD-M324. They have clips on one side and are flat on the other.

    Most of the time I clip in. I find that they are weighted so that it's easy to get the clips up when I want them.

    In heavy city riding though, I'll unclip and go with the flat side.

    The best thing though is that if you prefer to stay clipped but need to put a foot down at an intersection, when you need to get a fast start you can jam on the flat side to get through the intersection and then re-clip. I do this 2-3x on each commute (but then I pass a couple dozen intersections).
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    I'm really enjoying a pair of MKS EZY Superior Esprit I received to replace a pair of MKS EZY (Exim?). Nice stable platform for my size 13 field mouse flatteners. They can also accept Power Straps, AFAIK.
    The removable pedals add a (small) sense of security (what thief motivated by convenience wants to steal a bike without pedals?) and makes storing the bike easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooleric1234 View Post
    I'm looking for feedback on these. Why do you like them so much? Do you find you have to look down to clip in? Do the pedals end up resting in some standard position every time you unclip? Something useful like vertically with the pedal attachment area facing you?
    If you are looking for a SAFE spd and platform, this is not the pedal. I had these on my road bike and tring to ride on the platform side was dangerous to say the least. Also, the motion to clip in wasnt as easy and smooth as any pedal as ive had. Get a set of spd mtb nylon platforms, you will be happy and safe.

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    if you can't find a crazy deal on Time ATAC's, and I'm talking half off or better, egg beaters are fantastic.

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