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Now that I have logged a few miles on my FG

Old 03-22-10, 06:54 AM
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Now that I have logged a few miles on my FG

I realized that the stock pedals that came with my Specialized Langster are not that great. I have no idea what to upgrade to since I haven't used toe clips before.

I do know that my stock setup is rather uncomfortable. I felt like I was pedaling with my toes more than anything else. I am not sure if it is my shoe (I wear my running shoes when I ride it, size 13) or if I just need different toe clips. I got so sick of it on my last ride that I just pulled off the straps and toe clips and went with a normal pedal. The pedals are rather lightweight, so it also made it difficult to slide my foot in since the pedal kept twisting on me (while moving).

Any recommendations? I did a search but I really couldn't find the information I needed. Thanks in advance.
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You'll get tons of different recommendations, but the classic choice for pedals seems to be either MKS GR-9s or Sylvans.

I just got a set of GR-9s: Buttery smooth after a quick overhaul out of the box (they ship a bit tight), and the broad platform makes for a really comfortable pedal. As far as straps: Wabi double straps, by far the best deal out there. I'm pretty sure they're rebranded Exustars, but regardless: They're high quality leather with a laminated layer in the middle (read: NO stretch). They're under $40 shipped, which is about how much you'd pay for most of the unlaminated junk (Soma comes to mind).

As far as pedaling with your toes? You just need to find some deeper clips. The pedal should fall around the ball of your foot. Wabi also sells some metal clips in 'large' sizes, though I haven't tried them. $10 ain't too shabby for metals clips, though.
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i run MKS sylvans.
you can get large sized toe clips, it might fit u better. As far as clipping in.. just practice and u'll find how much force is needed to flip the pedal.
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Clipless ftw. I rock/run/rub Sidi Dominators and Time ATACs. Best shizzle ever.
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Originally Posted by Underground View Post
...Any recommendations? I did a search but I really couldn't find the information I needed. Thanks in advance.
I run dual sided spd clipless on all my bikes. Wellgo, Shimano, Nashbar. Several pairs of shoes w/spd cleats. The best I have for non-click walking around is a pair of Cannondale touring shoes w/a deep channel. Some of the pedals are 12-15 years old w/minimal maintenance, maximum service. All kinds of weather and terrain. Was hesitant to ride clipless fixed, but 30 seconds into my frist ride I adjusted. If you decide to go this route make sure you get touring shoes by Cannondale or Lake. What Shimano calls 'touring shoes' are really just revamped mtb shoes that don't have the cleat clearance of the aforementioned manufacturers. They'll click when you walk. Make sure you try out ANY shoe w/cleats, though as the clearance necessary to not strike varies from style to style. Somebdy correct me if I'm wrong about Shimano, etc. Does Excustar, Sidi, et al make touring shoes? My experience is limited as I bought the C'dale's 15 years ago and my wife bought her Lakes used/new from a private party.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I appreciate it. Now I just need to decide to go with toe clips or clipless. Decisions decisions. I may try toe clips one more time and see how that goes. If it fails, then I'll get matching spd clipless pedals for the FG and my MTB.
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