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MKS GR-9 pedals -opinions please.

Old 04-02-07, 04:47 PM
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MKS GR-9 pedals -opinions please.

I'm thinking about going back to clips n' straps on my singlespeed commuter.
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Old 04-02-07, 05:03 PM
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i have some on my commuter...love them!
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I use clips and straps on my commuter as well, and love them. I do prefer the MKS AR-2's to the platforms though.
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I love these pedals. Much more comfortable in soft-soled shoes than regular track or road pedals.

They can be a ***** in wet weather though. I've read of people putting grip tape on theirs.
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haven't had a problem with them in the rain, although.

they're great pedals for the cornering clearance since i like to run 170's, though i think i'd have a slightly better spin if i rode with some mks road pedals instead - than the toe strap would support my feet a bit more as opposed to just pushing down on them.

people always say they buy them for soft-soled shoes - what are soft soled shoes? i usually wear regular skate shoes like i-paths or dvs's, would that be soft soled? vans slip ons? confuses me to no end.
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Old 04-02-07, 06:53 PM
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soft soled shoes are anything except hard (wooden/plastic/fibreglass/carbon/etc) soled dedicated/purpose built bike shoes.
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Old 04-02-07, 07:19 PM
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If you can find a pair, the Carnac Carlit is the all time best clip and strap shoe ever made.
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Old 04-02-07, 07:38 PM
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fwiw, i have the sylvan lites on my geared bike, which are one-sided and semi-platform. sort of halfway between the GR-9 and the sylvan track. they have the same spindle body as the GR-9 which I don't believe is rebuildable, but they're comfy and low profile. i have no trouble riding in vans slides or old skool trainers.
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is this

compatible with this?

and is it possible to skip with this system?
(I wear official classical leather footwear - better for the foot and for my job.. - and to have always two pairs of shoes is not practical)
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not sure, but i think so. from the photo it looks as though the mounts for the power grips screw on to the front outboard toeclip hole, and the rear inboard reflector hole.
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looks like it: https://velospace.org/node/251
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Originally Posted by AllenG
If you can find a pair, the Carnac Carlit is the all time best clip and strap shoe ever made.
at that point why not just use clipless.
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GR9s are really nice, inexpensive, smooth pedals, and they are very comfortable with street shoes/sneakers/etc. My two beefs:
1) Much like Bon Jovi, they are quite slippery when wet. Judicious use of grip tape scraps from your local skate shop (use clear grip tape so you can put your rad stickers underneath!) solves this problem.
2) The flip tabs on the back have a well-documented history of breaking off a little too easily. That said, they're still relatively easy to flip into even when the tabs are gone.

For the price, I don't see either of these problems as deal breakers, but ymmv.
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I have a set of GR-9's on my X0-3 and my GTB. Great pedals. I think the slipping problem is more related to the type of shoes your using, I currently employ Adidas Sambas and haven't had issues. Then again, I don;t ride wither of the bikes much in the rain.

I believe there was a thread over in the Commuter group about GR-9 / Powergrips. Don't know the results, wasn't interested.
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I think they're a pretty easy-going pedal. doesn't handle abuse like the sylvan does though.
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Originally Posted by ch0mb0
I think they're a pretty easy-going pedal. doesn't handle abuse like the sylvan does though.
hmm, do sylvans handle soft-soled shoes well? i'm considering buying the sylvan lites but i can't decide if they're grippy enough...
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dunno 'bout them sambas and slip-on vans, but I've used a pair of the adi driving shoes (titans, etc.) and they worked well. still, watch for eventual wear.
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I like them fine.
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Originally Posted by ch0mb0
dunno 'bout them sambas and slip-on vans, but I've used a pair of the adi driving shoes (titans, etc.) and they worked well. still, watch for eventual wear.
if you have the orig or first reissue titans in grey with salmon sole, consider me envious.

on topic, i find no slip problems with sylvan lites and adi steeples, or vans slides, but definitely with asics flats.
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Originally Posted by Allen
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at that point why not just use clipless.
They are not a clipless shoe, just a hard sole with groves to catch the edge of your pedal. The narrow toe and laces go right into toe clips. Velcro straps always get caught up on my cages.
And off the bike they are very comfortable to walk in, same as a regular shoe, there is a touch of give in the sole at the ball of the foot.

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Originally Posted by AllenG
They are not a clipless shoe, just a hard sole with groves to catch the edge of your pedal. The narrow toe and laces go right into toe clips. Velcro straps always get caught up on my cages.
And off the bike they are very comfortable to walk in, same as a regular shoe, there is a touch of give in the sole at the ball of the foot.
do those shoes run true to size? like if i wear a 10 in adiddas is a ten, does a 10 in the carlits fit? you know what i mean?

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They run a little small, buy a half size big. Carnac made a run last year, and then quit, so sizes are hard to find. I bought the last pair Wallingford had in my size. I did a Google search and there are still some to be found though.

BTW they run in EU sizes you would need a 44.5 for a 10 and since they are tight, go for a 46.
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dont do it

dont dooooo it!
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Originally Posted by doofo
dont do it

dont dooooo it!
Recommend me another pedal that fits the bill that doesn't cost a zillion dollars.
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I really like mine. Haven't had any problems in the rain or snow.
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