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you fixie guys really running track pedals?

Old 10-16-08, 08:13 PM
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you fixie guys really running track pedals?

... or do you use whatever you have?

I'm putting together the 2nd fixie for my son. The first used Forte ATM Comp - nice quality, btw, but pretty wide. I've bought two or three pair of these.The current build is using some old quill pedals off my mid-80s Trek.

No problems yet, with hitting the pedals in corners, so I'm wondering if getting the narrower "track" style is really necessary and/or recommended.

I was thinking the MKS Sylvan for $22: https://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...roducts_id=469

or these Wellgo 908 pedals for $16: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=21882

I like the look of the Wellgo's. You guy have any preference between these two?
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Old 10-16-08, 08:18 PM
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Old 10-16-08, 08:29 PM
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Old 10-16-08, 08:37 PM
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i ride mks sylvans, and they are nice, but i think i could use slightly shorter crankarms as my pedals sometimes clip the ground in turns.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:55 PM
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mks sylvan track.
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Old 10-16-08, 09:57 PM
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So I heard fixxxies have no breaks? true or false?
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I use MKS GR9s and have NEVER had pedal strike even with 170mm cranks.
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Old 10-16-08, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Thetank View Post
I use MKS GR9s and have NEVER had pedal strike even with 170mm cranks.
I ride sylvan tracks for the peace of mind that I'm less likely to clip a pedal. You're going to go down at speed if you clip a pedal so it's something I'd prefer to avoid rather than learn the hard way
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Old 10-16-08, 10:27 PM
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I tried MK9's on my IRO Mark V but they were too narrow and made my ankles hurt. Wider Sylvan roads positioned my feet farther apart and were much more comfortable. No problems with cornering, but then I don't ride super aggressively or do tricks or anything.
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Old 10-16-08, 10:29 PM
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Pedal strike while cornering on the street? Is that really an issue?
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Old 10-16-08, 10:31 PM
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Pedal strike while cornering on the street? Is that really an issue?
Why wouldn't it be?
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Old 10-16-08, 10:39 PM
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I hit every once in a while with gr-9s on the street.

Usually because i'm leaning in too far for fun. If you corner correctly it shouldn't be a problem....
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I hate the sharp thing that digs into my feet when using sylvan tracks.


GR-9s are pure sex, however.
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Old 10-17-08, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 667 View Post
Pedal strike while cornering on the street? Is that really an issue?
Well, yeah, that's the point of this thread. I've read it's an issue, that's why I'm asking if it's real. Forgot to mention that both fixies are conversions with the stock 170mm cranks. I ride a single-speed conversion so I don't have to worry about pedaling through corners. Some of the track cranks are shorter, which helps.

So, looks like a few "yea's" for the MKS, but nobody's tried the Wellgo's. I would order one pair each, and find out for myself, if I could find them from the same online shop. Don't want to pay two shipping charges however.
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Old 10-17-08, 02:26 AM
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if they're conversions I would definitely recommend track pedals like GR-9's or 165 cranks. a road frame is going to have a noticeably lower BB shell.
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Old 10-17-08, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by 667 View Post
Pedal strike while cornering on the street? Is that really an issue?
Yes, I've done it on uneven pavement a hand full of times.
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Old 10-17-08, 05:55 AM
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I'm still riding the basic fixed I built up to try before buying a track frame. Its a Raleigh road frame with 175 MTB cranks and BMX Platforms- It'll hit on anything- glad you guys are giving some advice here. I"m going to be heading to the LBS for some new pedals this weekend.
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Old 10-17-08, 06:48 AM
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for the price I love my Wellgo's
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yeah, when I take corners at speed (or relatively fast) or turn sharply even when going slow, my pedals (platform) usually clip the street. I personally think its fun, makes me feel like a badass
but it's almost thrown me off balance a couple of times. Looking to probably put on some clipless pedals or tracks.
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Old 10-17-08, 08:16 AM
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Hey,

Have you tried Tioga Spider pedals? They are narrower and longer. It might be the best cliped pedals. ... except you have to pay extra for special toe clips as you can't use the normal ones.

I use Silvan Lite. They are cheap and OK. You could try that too.

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Old 10-17-08, 08:19 AM
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For those that say the GR9s are too narrow I believe you just have to pair them up with the proper shoe to ride in. I always thought I had really wide feet, and I do, but I don't feel any discomfort from those pedals either.
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Old 10-17-08, 08:47 AM
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I have found the most comfortable and secure setup (for me) is: mks gr-9 pedals with soma quad gate clips and mks double straps
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Originally Posted by Thetank View Post
I use MKS GR9s and have NEVER had pedal strike even with 170mm cranks.
I use these as well and the only time I ever got pedal strike was when I was taking a sharp turn and there was some sand/crap on the street. It was more a result of my bike fishtailing but jesus christ did that hurt like hell when my face hit pavement.
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Old 10-17-08, 09:28 AM
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dimension pro track pedals, $32, 236 grams,lighter than the MKS sylvan lites.
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