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I <3 powergrips

Old 08-23-07, 10:55 AM
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I <3 powergrips

Why didnt people tell me to get them earlier?! Once I got them adjusted to the right tension, pulling up for skids was MUCH easier. Is this the same as running two straps (I only ever ran one). But yeah, loving powergrips!
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I think most people consider them obsolete and less safe than clipless pedals
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I think of them as a good alternative to clipless pedals, especially if you don't want to have to wear cycling-specific cleated shoes. I still have two sets of pedals with power grips on them, for those times when I consider clipless to be too much of a pain.
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I'm stupid, what are powergrips?
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I love 'em... IMHO, much better than standard clips-n-straps.
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Originally Posted by Seven Sane View Post
I'm stupid, what are powergrips?
http://powergrips.mrpbike.com/pg_benefits.shtml
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Originally Posted by GreenGrasshoppr View Post
I think most people consider them obsolete and less safe than clipless pedals
Yeah, but I got sick of always wearing my bike shoes.
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Old 08-23-07, 12:58 PM
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I would get them but I'm a big guy and I heard they break pretty easily if you wear more than 180 pounds.
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They are going on my next bike... too bad that won't be for a while.
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Seems like your foot would slip forward. What I like about my toe clips is how they keep the ball of my foot firmly on the pedal, no matter what I do.
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Unless I buy a winter specific cycling shoe, I plan to rock a powergrip setup this winter w/ my boots.
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Originally Posted by GreenGrasshoppr View Post
I think most people consider them obsolete and less safe than clipless pedals
Lots of people in the road forum consider our bikes obsolete, but we still find them practical. Just because different technology has come along, doesn't mean that what it replaced isn't useful any more.
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Originally Posted by Seven Sane View Post
Seems like your foot would slip forward.
Nope, not going to happen.
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Originally Posted by Seven Sane View Post
Seems like your foot would slip forward. What I like about my toe clips is how they keep the ball of my foot firmly on the pedal, no matter what I do.
I was afraid this might be a problem as well, but the way the straps work is that you stick your foot in at an angle to the pedal (very similar angle to getting out of clipless; your foot is actually perpendicular to the strap at this angle) and then bring your heal back and make your foot parallel to the bike. This tightens the strap. Because shoes have shape (they are not rectangles) and because of the traction of the strap/pedal/shoe you are actually quite securely attached to the pedal.

Obviously they do not keep your foot attached to the pedal as well as some clipless, but they are a great alternative to using straps that you have to tighten everytime you put your foot in them.
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Originally Posted by ryanlovesyou View Post
I would get them but I'm a big guy and I heard they break pretty easily if you wear more than 180 pounds.
I weigh 230-240...had no problems with them. I DID have to get the extra large straps to fit my size 13 boats though.
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They work really well, I just found them a bit annoying to get into since they would flatten so easily.
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Originally Posted by ryanlovesyou View Post
Aren't the grips on backwards on this picture? I always had them outside-release.
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Aren't the grips on backwards on this picture? I always had them outside-release.
Wouldn't that be outside release if that is the left pedal?
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No, that pedal is the left side pedal.

edit: took too long...
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Originally Posted by Seven Sane View Post
Seems like your foot would slip forward.
Doesn't happen.

EDIT: Had said a lot more, and then read the explanation above.
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my question would be - since straightening out your foot makes them tighten up, would there be a bit of pull trying to angle your heel out that you'd have to keep a constant slight resistance on? even if it were minor, if it were there all the time it might drive my knees nuts.
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my question would be - since straightening out your foot makes them tighten up, would there be a bit of pull trying to angle your heel out that you'd have to keep a constant slight resistance on?
None that I've encountered so far.

They just feel... snug. My foot can move around freely. I mean, it's not like the straps are spring-loaded or something.
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Old 08-23-07, 02:35 PM
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as many of you know, i've frequently written about powergrips on this forum. I will eschew my usual lengthy review and simply say that they are a great alternative to clips and straps. The only caveats are for heavier users or those with larger feet. The hardware has a tendency to bend and/or break. I weigh < 150 and have had limited problems in the 3 or so years I've been using them.
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Huh, maybe I'll give them a try them sometime. Though I do weigh around 190 and have size 14 feet, so it might not work out too well anyway.
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