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One of the most contentious and highly subjective subjects commonly found on bicycling blogs are gear reviews. They are often nothing more than personal preferences based upon unique experiences using individual products. Well dear reader, I will offer you nothing more than my highly opinionated reports based upon my very limited and unprofessional experience with just the stuff I have.

July 31, 2019

New Pedals

Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Sometimes just a few pounds spent can go a long way to improving one's cycling experience.

Cycling long distances can be tough on your body. For me, my feet seem to suffer the most. I've been known to stop after 80 - 90 miles to take my shoes off for a while; giving my feet some breathing room and then resetting my laces. It makes my feet feel refreshed and the last 20 or so miles much easier.


MKS GR-9 vs. GR-10.
I've been using the GR-9's since I first bought my bike back in 2012. I love them and to be fair, they've been damn good pedals. I've repacked the bearings three times over eight years, so I can easily say that I got my money's worth out of them. But after 50k the cups had simply worn out and the bearings also needed replacing. I had every intention of buying another set because I really like them and the price is exceptionally reasonable.

Then I ran across the GR-10's while surfing the Internet, as you do. It was hard to find a distributer in the UK so I ended up ordering them from Japan. The foot pad is a bit wider and longer and I have to say, am I ever pleased. I've got a couple of hundred miles on them now and there's no turning back. The difference was immediate. Just a tad wider and longer with a more pronounced surface area making them super comfortable. These babies ROCK!

Clipless vs. Toeclips
I've never used clipless pedals and after 40 years of cycling; I don't ever plan to. I just don't see the need. I enjoy being able to walk around a cafe or wander through a castle or trot about wherever, comfortably when I get off the bike. I ain't racing. I don't give a shit about weight. I don't care how fast I go. I want comfort. Period.

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