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Old 07-26-09, 03:03 AM   #1
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Pedals

Trying to change a few things on my bicycle before I go on my trip. What pedals does ever one use for touring.I have a Surly LHT.I look at some Shimano pedals today price is ok with me not to high. And got my self a new pair of Shimano shoes too.Now shoes can cost you a lot or mine did.Just want to see what other folks think about what is the best pedals to use is.Thanks...
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Old 07-26-09, 06:53 AM   #2
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I use the mks touring pedals,there platform pedals.Now I only have to carry one pair of comfortable shoes on tour.
Before going to platform pedals I used shimano m-540 pedals,I didn't like the shoes that I had for them though and maybe that is why I switched to the mks pedals.
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I used crankbrothers eggbeaters on 4 tours. 1 week, 2 month longs and a year. I also use them when at home.

I'd been thinking about trying some of the more platform type crankbrothers, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

-If I ever have the opportunity to do an "out there" tour (Great Divide, trans Chang Tang etc), I will likely go with clips & straps and good hiking boots.
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Old 07-26-09, 07:23 PM   #4
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I thought about trying the crank bros. platforms. For some reason I've had bad luck with the candy c's. So I bought some nice wide super lightweight mountain biking platforms w/ toe straps. They work good enough for me, will see if these bearings last longer.
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I use SPD pedals. I prefer to be "hooked in" while I'm riding, especially when I'm tired. The SPD cleats are walkable, since they're recessed. The only real shoes I take on a tour is my good Pearl Izumi riding shoes. I also take a weigh-nothing pair of flip-flops for around the campsite and showers.
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I ran crankbrothers pedals for years and while they were light and cheap...they certainly were not durable. I get a season out of a set before a rebuild (x3 each bike's pedals would die once a year) and I would be lucky to get maybe 6 months out of a set of cleats.

I recently switched to shimano spd's and have NO regrets at all. You have more pedal options and I know people running spd's that have seen years and years of abuse without ever being touched. Actually I have only seen 1 or 2 sets fail in my years of riding.
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MKS GR9

http://www.velo-orange.com/mksgr9pedal.html

I'll be getting these soon with the MTB toe clips, many BF recommendations for these pedals in other threads
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