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    Velo Orange Touring Pedals

    Has anybody tried these yet?

    http://www.velo-orange.com/votopesebe23.html

    They seem nice. Rat trap style pedals ( like the mks touring) hurt my feet when I ride with soft soled sneakers. These seem like that have more support in the middle, more like a platform pedal. I don't like the GR-9s because they have no grip.
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    I have them on my Randonee, which I use an an all-rounder - easy rides, errands, etc. They are comfortable, although I would prefer if they were a tad larger. Overall they work well and look great.

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    Add Strapless toe clips to your platform pedals. You never need worry about your foot slipping off the pedal and help keep your foot properly placed on the pedal. You feet are easily removed from the pedals as well so no fear of falling over because your feet are locked to the pedals.
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    The Velo Orange pedals caught my eye as well. Though I find the road model more handsome. Do people usually tour with flat pedals or do they use clips and straps as well? In general, I prefer clipless or clips and straps, but I've never done very long riding so perhaps just a flat pedal is easier on the knees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasopia View Post
    These seem like that have more support in the middle, more like a platform pedal.
    They don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by positron View Post
    They don't.
    What do you mean? They look to me like they have a big wad of support in the middle, on nearly the same plane as the grippy teeth. Have you ridden them? What do they feel like?

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    I looked long and hard at these because they offer a big weight savings over the MKS touring pedal, but in the end I went with the MKS mostly because of looks.

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    the centre is recessed relative to the cages. I have not ridden them, but i checked them out when I was passing through annapolis. these will feel like most other rat traps, with high ridges fore and aft.

    Maybe try the MKS grip king that rivendell sells if you dont like cages. otherwise, I would look into the gr9 pedals with cages and straps. These are my favourite currently available pedal. My all time favourite is the SR SP-11 with cages and straps.

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    I had some that looked very like these on a hybrid bike a while back. They were extraordinarily good at creating deep gouges in my shins when I carried the bike the wrong way (not to mention ugly scratches on the front door). And the bite bits actually bit into soft-soled shoes so my feet hurt.

    I now have spd pedals on all bikes, and use mtb shoes that are fine for walking short or medium distances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by positron View Post
    the centre is recessed relative to the cages. I have not ridden them, but i checked them out when I was passing through annapolis. these will feel like most other rat traps, with high ridges fore and aft.

    Maybe try the MKS grip king that rivendell sells if you dont like cages. otherwise, I would look into the gr9 pedals with cages and straps. These are my favourite currently available pedal. My all time favourite is the SR SP-11 with cages and straps.
    Ah, ok, thanks for that. They probably wouldn't work for me. I was thinking about those grip kings, maybe I'll give them a try. I'm trying to ween myself off of clipless for my commuter, I'm getting sick of walking around in uncomfortable bike shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasopia View Post
    Ah, ok, thanks for that. They probably wouldn't work for me. I was thinking about those grip kings, maybe I'll give them a try. I'm trying to ween myself off of clipless for my commuter, I'm getting sick of walking around in uncomfortable bike shoes.
    I just stuck a straightedge on mine - the center is recessed 1/16" of an inch - hardly anything. Any soft-soled shoe will depress far more than that if that center part is not there, so yes - they DO add support. I ride in sneakers all the time and they feel great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by positron View Post
    the centre is recessed relative to the cages. I have not ridden them, but i checked them out when I was passing through annapolis. these will feel like most other rat traps, with high ridges fore and aft.
    No, they are only recessed 1/16". Having had the regular platforms with the high edges and thin spindle, these feel much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnroads View Post
    I just stuck a straightedge on mine - the center is recessed 1/16" of an inch - hardly anything. Any soft-soled shoe will depress far more than that if that center part is not there, so yes - they DO add support. I ride in sneakers all the time and they feel great.
    Thanks for doing that, I think I will give them a try and see how I like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akahn View Post
    The Velo Orange pedals caught my eye as well. Though I find the road model more handsome. Do people usually tour with flat pedals or do they use clips and straps as well? In general, I prefer clipless or clips and straps, but I've never done very long riding so perhaps just a flat pedal is easier on the knees?
    I tour with flat pedals and strapless toe clips. I wear hiking shoes instead of dedicated cycling shoes. This is my preference. When I'm on my road bike I use clipless pedals and cycling shoes but for touring I don't. I enjoy getting off the bike to take pictures and walk around. I also don't like hauling an extra pair of shoes. I already have a tendency to take too much stuff so just using one pair of shoes for everything keeps it simple. Mind you this is just my opinion, others will want clips and straps or clipless pedals and shoes. Platform pedals and hiking shoes are cheap so you could try that first if you don't already have clipless pedals and shoes.
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    I'm about to buy Tioga spyder pedals. A little pricey but relatively light and a large platform. Here's a link
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=26766

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