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Old 03-02-09, 12:13 PM
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Power Grips

Anybody have experience with Power Grips? Thinking about using them on upcoming tour, in place of spd's, so that I only have to deal with one pair of shoes. Would appreciate knowing about any issue you had/have with them.
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I bought a pair about two years ago to use for winter commuting. I wanted to be able to use warmer hiking boots to ride in versus winter-specific cycling shoes which I had found didn't work as well as expected.

Likes: Easy to remove foot from, keeps foot from slipping during down stroke, allows some pulling during upstroke so long as you remeber to tuck your heel in to keep the strap tight and stay seated

Dislikes: Difficult to enter sometimes as the strap tends to rotate where it screws to the pedal on the inside, pulling during upstroke not really possible as my feet tended to slip out of the straps not matter how hard I tried to keep them in

I ditched them after one winter in favor of my normal clipless pedals that I used the rest of the year and booties. The ease of entry/exit and secure attachment to the pedals were things that I thought I could compromise on. But, I realized eventually that I'd rather have slightly cold feet than slip off a pedal on a climb or spend 1/4 mile trying to get my foot securely in the strap only to be pulling it back out and repeating at the next stop sign.

So, I'd highly recommend finding a pair of comfortable, walkable SPD shoes and using them as your only shoes, assuming you place as high of value on the same things that I do.

If you place a higher value on using normal shoes, I have an extra pair of brand new, normal length Power Grips (ordered by accident, don't ask) that I'd sell for a reasonable price.
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There was a rather nice discussion regarding these started just the other day.

See: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ght=powergrips
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Old 03-02-09, 04:55 PM
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Thanks for the info.

I was hesitant to order as they won't let you return anything. That set off alarm bells. Plus, I'd never heard of anybody using them. For good reason, apparently.
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I'm certain that Performance Bike would allow you to return them assuming they were unused (and perhaps even if they were used based on some people's experiences): http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5240

Also, lots of people seem to swear by them. Check out the commuting forum for an even more in depth discussion of the plusses and minuses. They just happened to not be what I was looking for. I had plenty of offers to take the used ones off my hands though.
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post

I'd never heard of anybody using them. For good reason, apparently.
If you do a search you will find many threads with a lot of people who like them a lot.

I've got them on my 1984 Schwinn Voyageur and like them a lot, although I haven't toured with them, yet. I rarely have any trouble getting into them quickly, and I really like biking in my Teva sandals, when it is warmer than this photo.

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Commuted on them

I'm new to touring so I haven't tried them out yet on a tour. However I have commuted with them for a little over a year now I think. I haven't had any major problems though every now and then the pedal will rotate when I step out of them at a stop sign or red light and then try to get back in them.

Just be careful of the sizing when you purchase them. I think from size 12 shoes and up you should get extra large and below that the regular. I wear an 11 - 12 depending on the cut so I went with the extra large. All you need is a hole puncher to put extra holes in it if you really wanted it cinched down or you change shoes. However, how often do you change shoes when you ride? Maybe a pair of sandals in the summer and a pair of boots in the winter otherwise you wear whatever your regular shoes are. Just leave extra holes so you can adjust the straps when or if you do use different shoes.

I love them for commuting. I usually post in the commuting threads and I'll will try and start touring sometime this summer. I will use the same bike I commute with (recently purchased) when I do a tour (Surly LHT). I changed Bikes, but I'm keeping the Power Grips. I am however more a Commuter; and wear regular shoes at my job.
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I love 'em --
  1. allows "float" in two dimensions rather than one (great for the knees)
  2. you can "pull up" on them but all the studies I've seen posted say that "pulling up" is vastly overrated and lends very little (if any) increase in performance. The main advantages of clips or clipless pedals are keeping the foot secured to the pedal and keeping the foot properly positioned for the power stroke - both of these things can be done (albeit "looser") with PowerGrips and this matters mostly to racers and other "high performance" types anyway - we are, after all, touring.
  3. You can wear any shoes you want and still feel secure on the pedals.
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I've pretty much turned back into a power grips kinda guy. I went from power grips, to being an SPD rider, and back again.

I've got Shimano M324 pedals (SPD one side, platform on the other) on all of my bikes except my current favorite machine. I've got power grips on it. I am considering changing most of the SPD pedals to power grips, as $$ and riding patterns dictate.

I feel safer and more comfortable in the grips. I rode SPD consistantly for at least two years and was OK with it, just enjoy the grips better. The "clipped-in" single position for the foot just kinda burns me up when long hours are involved.

I hope you get to try power grips. They really are unique, and once you get them setup properly they can be just as quick and easy as SPDs.

If you buy a set and don't like them, drop me a line. I'd probably buy them from you.

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