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Old 02-28-07, 04:09 PM   #1
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Power Grips

I just ordered a new pair of power grips.I don't know, ive been using spd system, but it just seems to limit me too much in shoes,with power grips i can wear any shoe i have,i used to use them off road alot, then switched to spd just because everyone else did,they are ok, but i like the grips better,so the new ones should be here in a few days, then i'll put my bear claws back on and where the shoe/boots i want to ,when i want to!
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Old 02-28-07, 04:59 PM   #2
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I have been using cheap plastic cages and winter boots for four or five Cleveland winters.
Still have the toes.
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Old 03-01-07, 09:34 PM   #3
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I was thinking of getting power grips for my winter fixed bike. I miss the power of the upstroke, especially when I have to climb a steep grade, with paniers full of groceries. How effective are these things?
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Old 03-02-07, 04:41 AM   #4
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I used them for several years before i got my spd pedals and they are just as good as any system out there,this is my take on them, i really think you can get out of them faster then clets,i think thats why they started using them for mountain bikes/off road where your reflexes have to be much faster then on the road/hence you have to get out fast..as far as pulling up they actually work a little better i think,your pulling up on more surface of the shoe/boot and both front and back of the pedal. that being said,you can use any shoe/boot you already have,it dosen't lock you in to just one or two shoes, ofcourse the roadies won't see it that way!
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Power Grips don't give you the same pedaling efficiency, especially on climbs. They are easier to get out of, but harder to get into. I quit using them once I discovered M324 pedals that have SPD on one side, platform on the other...so if things get sketchy I can just unclip and flip.
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Just echoing vger... I think they are great for winter because you can adjust them to the boot. They have worked great for me.
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Just echoing vger... I think they are great for winter because you can adjust them to the boot. They have worked great for me.
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I've used them for many years and am quite satisfied.
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Power Grips don't give you the same pedaling efficiency, especially on climbs. They are easier to get out of, but harder to get into.
I haven't used anything but Power Grips, but these both make sense. Street shoes are looser than bike shoes, so there's some wasted motion. I'm getting better at getting into them without looking. I've almost never had a problem getting out, even in a forgetful panic. I slipped into a snowbank today, and I was able to step out and keep my face dry.
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The power grips are pretty sweat but not anywhere near as effecient as my speedplays. I can resize to my normal boot or mega cold boot as conditions demand.
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Finaly got my power grips on and went out today, they were great, i can't believe i took my old ones off a few years ago???? WELL WE LIVE AND LEARN I GUESS, THEY ARE ON TO STAY! Now i'll start looking for an extra set of wheels for next winter!!!
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Using Power Grips here

Started with a set of Power Grips in 2006. I Use the pedals on four bikes now. They are versatile, uncomplicated, and low maintenance. Simple is better !
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I tried Power Grips a few months ago. The only bad thing about them is their price, but hey, they're patented, so what can you do? You get your money's worth in the use you get out of them.

I recently got those flippy pedals which are SPD-type on one side and platform on the other. I'm thinking of putting Power Grips on the platform side, for the ultimate in versatility. I can't put toe clips on that side, because they'll scrape the ground when I'm using the SPD side. I figure that Power Grips scraping the ground won't be terribly hazardous.

Any thoughts?
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Old 07-24-09, 07:38 PM   #13
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Power grips work pretty damn good with steel-toed boots, I've used this setup with great success in the past.
Powergrip/spd combo pedals sound like an interesting experiment, Id like to hear how that works out.
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Old 07-25-09, 09:37 AM   #14
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I'll let you know. This summer, I'm wearing my SPD sandals every day, when walking or cycling, so I'm only using SPD. In the winter, I may change that.

I built this commuter bike with the idea of my home-office commute, which was 10 miles through suburbs. I'm not at that job any more, and I work at home now, so this bike is less important. I think it will be my winter bike, though.
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