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Old 02-20-06, 03:29 PM
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Power Grips on a Hybrid?

I've read a bit about using the Power Grip straps on pedals instead of toe clips or clipless shoes. Anyone use them on their Hybrid bike? What's your opinion of them?
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Old 02-20-06, 03:35 PM
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They better work. I just ordered a pair.

I tried two different sets of toe clips and got toe chaffing with each, and changing shoes every time I want to ride isn't part of my self image. If your question is unanswered after another week or too, give a holler. I should have some feedback by then.
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Old 02-20-06, 03:38 PM
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Mine should arrive by UPS this afternoon. I am going to put them on tonight for tomorrows commute. I can give you an opinion in a couple of days. They make more sense to me than another pair of expensive shoes and pedals.
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They're not bad for shorter trips. I've put them onto a rockhopper. The normal straps barely fit my size 8.5 sneakers, so if you have bigger feet, I hope that you've bought the longer straps. They grip well and are easy to get in and out of because my platforms don't have really sharp studs and edges on them. They will scuff your shoes where the straps contact them.

As far as comfort, they're not bad for shorter rides. Longer rides, as in 3 hours for me, make my feet slightly sore and numb because the straps do cut off circulation and put a bit of pressure on the bones in your feet.

I'd say that they're better than toe clips for ease of entry and exit and comfort. They're cheaper than clipless, but it's not going to be as comfortable as they are for longer rides.
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Old 02-20-06, 04:08 PM
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Don't worry about the size. I have 11EE size boots and the regular straps fit fine.

BTW, I'm quite happy with PowerGrips for commuting and cruising around town. I've used them for about 10 years on different bikes.
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Old 02-20-06, 06:16 PM
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The regular ones wouldn't fit my size 13s, but the company exchanged the rgular straps for the extra long, even though I'd bought the combo that includes the pedals--which you can't get with the extra long straps.

I used them for moutnain biking when I rode the same bike to college as I did on the trails, then I just used them on my commuter bike...they are a great commuter pedal if you don't want to change shoes...I'd still rather have my clipless for longer road rides, though (hence the clipless pedals on the road bike).
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Old 02-20-06, 08:50 PM
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I ride PGs- Can't compare them to clipless ('cause I haven't tried clipless), but I like them well enough that I haven't gone to clipless. I regularly ride 60 milers, have done the Columbia Mo. MS150 (hilly), and done a 117 mile century with them. I regulary ride hills- keep up with some, pass some, get dropped by some using clipless. My opinion so far? If you ain't racing, they should be fine for a good long time. And I really like being able to move my feet around from time to time, and get off and walk around in nice comfy tennies.
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Old 02-21-06, 09:58 AM
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I bought the Extra Long set because I was afraid of them being to short, now they are to long. I have them on the shortest setting and they are a little loose. I have a size 11 shoe. I have seen other posts were others had a problem with them being shorter than expected so I bought the longer set, I guess it is easier to shorten than lengthen them.

I really like them so far, easy to get in and out of. Easy to install. Better than toe clips. If you don't want the expense or hassle of special shoes and pedals I recommend giving them a try.
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Old 02-21-06, 11:24 AM
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One tip for power grips- when you attach the straps to the brackets, put the straps in inside out, so the "power grips" labe is on the INSIDE of the strap.
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Old 02-21-06, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Dellphinus
One tip for power grips- when you attach the straps to the brackets, put the straps in inside out, so the "power grips" labe is on the INSIDE of the strap.

Why?
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Dunno, but I'll take the advice when mine get here.
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I ordered three sets. I hope I like them.
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They work well. Not as good as clipless, but still very good.
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Originally Posted by bbunk
Why?
The big bold 'Power Grips" logo across the strap looks kinda dorky...
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Old 02-21-06, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by FXjohn
They work well. Not as good as clipless, but still very good.
You've used both? I've been looking for someone who's used straps and clipless- how much improvement did you see going from straps to clipless in general riding (non-racing)? Coworker is telling me I'm really screwing up by not going clipless (he's never tried straps), and I just can't see it. Whacha think?
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yes, clipless is much better, really, especially for road riding.
The good thing about power grips though, you can ride your bike somewhere and not have to change shoes.
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crap. now I gotta try them. I hate it when he's right...
Thanks for the insight.
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i liked them a lot when i used them fifteen years ago.
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Originally Posted by Dellphinus
You've used both? I've been looking for someone who's used straps and clipless- how much improvement did you see going from straps to clipless in general riding (non-racing)? Coworker is telling me I'm really screwing up by not going clipless (he's never tried straps), and I just can't see it. Whacha think?
I've used both. The straps are not as secure as cleats - the bottom action of puling the foot back and up tended to disengage my feet bit by bit no matter how snugly I tightened the straps. Also, standing up on uphills I couldn't pull up on the backstroke very well for the same reason. Having said that, they work pretty well.

I can't give a improvement value in terms of a number. One of my biggest gripes was the engagement was never easy. My pedal-strap combo tended to hang the strap down in front when hanging free. At pull away I always had to concentrate hard to get my one foot in, and would often miss several times. This was ultimately the reason I went with eggbeaters, for the ease of clipping in.
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Originally Posted by Dellphinus
The big bold 'Power Grips" logo across the strap looks kinda dorky...
Wow. And here I was hoping for some hot, inside techie tip. But yeah, I prefer to let companies do their advertising at their own expense.
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I installed them on three bikes yesterday. I turned them inside out because I hate logos. The regular size is pleanty big enough for size 11 K-Swiss Classics. I test rode all three bikes and I think I'm going to like them. The hardware is of high quality, but I wish it was stainless. They're worth the price, IMO. I got them at Nashbar because they had the best price.
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I could only find the straps at Nashbar, not the strap pedal combination. Do you have a link or a part number?
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I ordered them complete (the lower priced combo) from BikeParts.com, Inc. Total with shipping was 44.66. Uh huh, the straps alone are easy to find, and I get balky at places that can't or won't ship to a POB. I can get UPS at work, but I really prefer not to.
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Okay, I've got the answer. Yes, you can use them on hybrids. They arrived Thursday, and I gave them a brief runthrough today. Caught a cold, or would have given them a better workout. I have to agree with Jur that getting the second foot engaged is nicely described as awkward, but not really worse than the two different sets of toe clips I've tried. Has anyone ever tried weights on the bottom of a pedal to keep it right side up, till you get your foot engaged?

Well, cold or not, they are going to get practiced with over the weekend.
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At first I found the second foot as awkward also, but it gets easier as you ride them. The pedals on my bike were made to go with to clips and have a little tab on the side to make it easier to roll over and get your foot in the toe clips, works equally well with Power Grips.
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