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Difference between MKS track and touring pedals?

Old 04-28-09, 12:44 AM
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Difference between MKS track and touring pedals?

I was looking at putting some platformers on my bike and noticed a lot of people recommend the MKS track or touring pedals. What is the difference between the two? It seems that all it is is the amount of 'teeth' one has over the other.
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Old 04-28-09, 01:13 AM
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Yeah, the track pedals are narrower for better clearance, while the touring pedals are wider for greater comfort.
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ok thanks! So I figure for normal bike riding, the touring would be better?
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Both are fine pedals and for normal riding the touring pedal would be the best choice... the track pedal is narrower to reduce the chance of pedal strikes while cornering and is something you don't have to worry about as much on a geared bike.

The Girl has some MKS track pedals on her folder as it has a lower bb and less clearance and she has a narrow foot... so these work well for a number of reasons.
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Road pedals have a quill on the outer aspect of the pedal to prevent your shoe from sliding sideways:



Track pedals are built on the same base as the road pedal, but lack the quill to gain additional cornering clearance (track bikes can't coast through corners and are thus more susceptible to pedal strike). Road riders with wide feet often prefer these to quill pedals:



Touring pedals also lack the quill and may be wider than track or road pedals to accommodate regular shoes. These also have a serrated cage to help hold a non-cleated shoe:

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The Exa track has a lever that locks the cleat in place. I doubt the touring pedals have that.
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Great! Thanks for the info. Touring sounds good to me
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Do Power Grips come with strap only or do you need to buy them with the associated pedal? I heard it's the platform equivalent of going clipless. If strap only, would they be compatible with MKS?

EDIT: the some Power Grip + Pedal combo I've seen are even cheaper than a pair of MKS, are they better?

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You can buy power grips alone or with pedals attached.
I bought mine alone and attached them to my existing pedals, so I can't speak to the quality of the peds sold with them. They will work with any pedal that can take clips and straps. Very easy to install and adjust.

I've never had clipless pedals, so I have no idea if they're equivalent.

Personally I'm very happy with them. They are easy to get into and out of. They give you more power in the pedal stroke and that "attached to the bike" feel, but still leave your foot room to move around on the pedal. I can wear any pair of sneakers I want with them and that's a big plus, especially if I'm riding to a destination where I'll want to hop off the bike and walk.

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Track pedals are one-sided. Touring pedals are the same on both sides, so you don't have to flip them over at any time (unless of course you end up putting toe clips on them, but then if you do that, they end up always hanging in the same position anyway, so it's no problem). So, I would say, based on my experience, that touring pedals are much more practical for every day riding.
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