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    Hop-on and Ride Pedals?

    i'm in the process of building up a pretty serious commuter bike (front and rear racks, maybe panniers, ect) and i've gotten to the pedals.
    i was wondering if anyone has had good experiences riding fixed with platforms. something like the rivendell grip kings look really nice for riding in any type of shoe

    or myabe the mks gr9 http://www.velo-orange.com/mksgr9pedal.html

    or might just go clip and strap, but i wouldn't be totally satisfied with that.
    any ideas?

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    I think gr-9's require clips and straps. And why cant clips and straps be hop on and go too. I think for a long commute, I'd defn be more comfortable with clips and straps. Maybe platforms would be ok for coffee runs/local errands.

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    riding fixed with platforms is fine provided you have a brake and some kind of grip between you and your pedals.

    when it's nice and i'm just tooling around to and from class i often take off my clips and straps and just ride platforms (always with a front brake, just used more when i'm riding platforms). the only problem with my setup is that my mks sylvans have NO grip at all, and compared with bald-soled sneakers that i wear whenever it's wet out at all my feet slip off the pedals when i'm mashing. so yeah, when it's bad out i go clips and doubles.

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    the campy pedals i have on my bike right now only fit one specific pair of shoes. i want something that i can wear anything from boots to trainers w/o having to change anything on the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by bward1028 View Post
    the campy pedals i have on my bike right now only fit one specific pair of shoes. i want something that i can wear anything from boots to trainers w/o having to change anything on the bike
    What's stopping the other shoes from working? I had the same problem on my Shimano 600s until I took off this one bit that was stopping my boots from getting on the pedal, and now I can ride with any footwear I desire. It may be that simple. Or I maybe totally wrong.
    Quote Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
    You stop and go in your bag about 40-50+ times per day riding across the city over an 8 hour period?

    Are you a drug dealer?

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    1664 makes the Beaver Trap which I have used in the past and it is a really nice pedal. They also make the Shaved Beaver which, as we all know is a little nicer.

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    Power Grips all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    Power Grips all the way.
    +hop on and ride.
    Last edited by Moximitre; 12-09-07 at 02:27 PM. Reason: edit
    Sucks to your ass-mar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    Power Grips all the way.
    Translated into SSFG speak.

    Powergrips FTW

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    gr-9s with clips and straps, i say. ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raster View Post
    What's stopping the other shoes from working? I had the same problem on my Shimano 600s until I took off this one bit that was stopping my boots from getting on the pedal, and now I can ride with any footwear I desire. It may be that simple. Or I maybe totally wrong.
    size 13 doc martens, that's what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bward1028 View Post
    size 13 doc martens, that's what.
    Size 10 Docs over here. I was thinking it would be awesome to put cleats on them.
    Quote Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
    You stop and go in your bag about 40-50+ times per day riding across the city over an 8 hour period?

    Are you a drug dealer?

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    just use some of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbthomps View Post
    just use some of these
    Is that a waffle maker?

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    You can ride with any type of basic pedals as long as you're running a brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bward1028 View Post
    They have a nice platform, but they're really small, and felt odd for my big feet. They also demand clips and straps, because they naturally hang upside-down, and it's frustrating to 'spin' them in to place with no obvious way to catch your toes.

    Edit: I'm so used to clipless that perhaps I'm too biased. I tried, but I couldn't go back to clips and straps.

    If you want 'stomp and go', maybe you're better off with double-sided touring pedals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee View Post
    They have a nice platform, but they're really small, and felt odd for my big feet. They also demand clips and straps, because they naturally hang upside-down, and it's frustrating to 'spin' them in to place with no obvious way to catch your toes.

    Edit: I'm so used to clipless that perhaps I'm too biased. I tried, but I couldn't go back to clips and straps.

    If you want 'stomp and go', maybe you're better off with double-sided touring pedals?
    Yeah, GR-9s aren't meant to be used without clips and straps as far as I know. But with them they're great. +1 for touring pedals as normal flats. Those big BMX style pedals are really comfy but they're usually really wide and pedal strike is not anybody's friend.

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    Yeah the GR9s are pretty small, especially if you have a size 13.. I feel like there small and Im a 9. Def need clips to catch these when flipping up.. You could always go with mini clips/half clips, the ones without the straps?, on pedals of your choice, which would allow for a bit more clearance with the boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bward1028 View Post
    size 13 doc martens, that's what.
    I love my docs, but the famous bouncing soles suck on the bike.

    Some stiffer soled shoes might make you very happy.

    As others have said above, power grips will do you right with any shoes or boots.

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    has anyone used the rivbike ones? i may be the guy that tries them, if not.

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    punk is dead

    wafflestomp no more
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    Power Grips all the way.
    +10

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    My brother went to Bard. I applied but didn't go. It's a great place.

    I've heard good things about Sun/Ringle Zu-Zu's, but I'm leaning toward picking up those MKS touring pedals.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Zu+Pedals.aspx

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    Just to make this more useful: power grips are what you want. You can strap yourself in or not, without any negative effect if you dont. And why ride fixed if you don't have retention? I'd ride a freewheel before I did that.

    powergrip link

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    while i don't advocate riding fixed with platforms usually, check out the animal hamilton sealed bmx pedal. replaceable pins, and you can install longer ones for more grip. totally badass pedals. they come in many colors.

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