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power grip pedalsBriKMan45
Feb 27, 2003 4:41 PM
hey all,
i'm thinking of getting a fixie for short daily commute and for just cruising around town. as i don't want to have to lug a change of shoes everywhere i go, what are your thoughts on using power grip pedals on a track bike? a suitable solution or no?
thanks,
brian
re: power grip pedalsSqueg
Feb 27, 2003 4:44 PM
It'll work. The hard part is getting your second foot in the pedal...remember, no coasting.
re: power grip pedalsclimbo
Feb 28, 2003 6:02 AM
why not, just like toe clips, seems like a good idea for riding in 'normal' shoes.
gotta look down more often?? -nmSmogRider
Feb 28, 2003 10:04 AM
why more often? only when you mount the second foot maybe. nmclimbo
Feb 28, 2003 11:02 AM
nm
Well, lemme tell ya...Ahimsa
Feb 28, 2003 6:08 PM
I had some o' them thar Pow'r Grip thangs.

I dunno, they were alright I guess. Easy to get into like loose clips and straps, and they pulled tight if you set 'em up right.

That's all well and good, but they have a huge flaw if you ask me:

The damned things have a metal clip on 'em that sticks out off the end of your pedal a good half inch or more. I never measured it, but it tagged the pavement a few times on me. If you have the misfortune of taking a spill with them mounted they will protect your pedals though. Of course they will be bent all to hell.

They also tended to rotate on the mounting screws no matter how much you tightened them down which screwed up the tension you spent a quarter hour dialing in and left you smashing a bit of the strap betwixt your shoe and the pedal.

Overall I'd give them a B-. Good idea, poorly executed. some folks would probably be batshit crazy for 'em though so for the 10-15 clams to buy 'em it's prolly worth a shot to see if you're one of the zealots. I'll stick to the strapless clips from Zefal and MKS touring pedals.

Cheers!

A.
Did they apply torque to your feetbigrider
Mar 1, 2003 8:29 AM
They look like they would keep continuous pressure on your feet when you twist your foot into riding position. I am assuming the power grips are the straps that are on an angle on the pedals so you enter the straps with your heel away from the bike and then you twist to your normal riding position......
Yes, but you get used to it. (NM)timfire
Mar 1, 2003 8:53 AM
I second that...hycobob
Mar 1, 2003 8:45 AM
I tried them long ago, but found them lacking. The strapless toeclips are a much better idea, it not simply using plain old flats...since its for cruising and not training.
I third that...timfire
Mar 1, 2003 8:52 AM
I have them on my cruiser fixie. They definitely are alot better than riding on flats, but I don't like them as much as clipless pedals. I actually don't have any experience with straps, so I can't compare.

I obviously don't ride very hard on my cruiser so I never have to worry about them clipping the ground on turns. There are quite a few mssengers here in Chicago that use them on their fixies, so that says something.

-Tim Kleinert
Thanks for the input everyone! (nm)BriKMan45
Mar 1, 2003 2:04 PM
nm
Work great if you ride with boots onp chop
Mar 4, 2003 3:38 PM
Not kidding! For winter commuting. Although I did eventually just go with plain platforms for that purpose -- but not because of any problem with the PowerGrips. What I wished was that you could adjust the strap without having to break out the tools, for use with different size shoes. To adjust them, you have to basically disassemble part of them.