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Old 08-31-10, 11:45 PM   #1
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MKS GR-9 eBay?

What's your take on this set up for $60?


MKS GR-9 Pedals+NJ5 Steel Toe Clips+NJ5 Leather Toe Straps = ????????
$60 doesn't sound bad considering the pedals go for 40 alone.

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Old 08-31-10, 11:54 PM   #2
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I like the clips. but the straps look cheap. The black GR-9's I think run $45 full price. So not a great deal, but it might save you like $10 between the staps and clips.

Of course I haven't heard of the straps, so they could be super nice making this a great deal.

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Old 08-31-10, 11:57 PM   #3
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Those pedals go for $20-30 only, better deals could be had.

Here you go:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360287637567

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Old 09-01-10, 12:42 AM   #4
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Willingness to shell out extra money to get pedals that simply have pigment added to the anodizing process is ridiculous in this area. Your pedals will not be seen much, so long as you ride your bike. If you consider how little stress the pedal is put under (due to it's construction), you'd be better off buying your self a can of spray-paint or a sharpie. Regardless, I have found that the clips of that shape are very uncomfortable in comparison to the higher quality clips (the edges of the bends at your toes are parallel, where as in nicer sets, they curve, following the shape of the toebox of most shoes much better). And the straps look like they would deteriorate by the end of a month.
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Actually, the finish on the black GR-9s is powder coated and quite durable. Much more durable than say, "spray-paint or a sharpie". Black clips are usually always a bad idea though because they'll end up looking like crap. If those are alloy clips, stay away and go for steel.

I have a set of those NJ5 straps (which is just Bell's Bike Shop's "brand") and they're over a year old. No problems.
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Yeah they actually are steel clips. Considering I've been look at those fat toe straps and bmx pedals, I feel that these pedals might work out in the long run.
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I've tried all kinds of pedals and love my GR-9s. They're my lady's favorites too.
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I've tried all kinds of pedals and love my GR-9s. They're my lady's favorites too.
How's the comfort on the pedal? I wear a size 11-12 shoe and I usually ride in Nikes, are the GR-9's too small/narrow?
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I wear size 12 Vans and even though the pedal itself is pretty small, I find them to be much more comfortable than my Sylvan Tracks, which tend to cause hot spots on my feet on long rides. As long as you get the right size clips, you'll be all set.
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You get a set of double gated clips like the All City or Soma ones and create a bigger platform for you with the base of the clips.

They dont look quite as nice but Velo Orange touring or city pedals are also mighty comfortable and have a larger platform.
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I have this exact setup. I wear 11.5 sambas and they feel plenty big. The straps are fine. The first thing I did was "overhaul" the bearings because they felt a little grainy. Here is an archived thread explaining the process http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-537076.html ...scroll down to Panthers007's post. The plastic dust cap will get a little messed up after prying but it's no big deal. Also, with the powdercoated variety, you will not be able to replace the dust caps with nickels unless you scrape the powdercoating out of the inside edge of the hole.
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You have the same setup as the one on eBay?

If I get the MKS pedals, ill be getting the black ones.
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yeah exact same...i did the math over and over and over for black gr-9s plus clips and straps, and the package deal always came out ahead...this is the exact item i bought http://cgi.ebay.com/MKS-GR-9-Pedals-...77323139036654
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