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Comfortable toeclip pedals for my 13 WIDE feet?

Old 07-25-22, 05:55 PM
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Comfortable toeclip pedals for my 13 WIDE feet?

I'm looking for some pedals to replace the original SR SP-150 quill style pedals on my '85 Trek 620. I have very wide feet and they are terribly uncomfortable due to the quill stabbing the bottoms of my feet. I have Cristophe toeclips that I plan on reusing on the new pedals. I'm looking for something that keeps the vintage-y spirit and look of the bike intact I prefer to use regular sneakers rather than any sort of purpose made cycling shoe. I've done a fair amount of looking at MKS pedals, but being unable to actually try them, I'm not sure what model would be the best. Thanks.
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...if you insist on limiting yourself to quill pedals, that look like the SP-150 that are too narrow, the widest quill pedals of which I am aware are either SP-100's, and if you can't find those used on ebay (they are pretty commonly available), the KKT Pro Vic II pedals. They are even a little wider than Campagnolo. You'll probably need to strip and service the bearings on whatever you buy used, but they don't make and sell them new any more. If you still have trouble with the quill point jabbing you, you can clamp the pedal in a bench vise and very slowly and gently bend the quill points outward, using a small pry bar.

If that still doesn't work, you're pretty much stuck using MKS Sylvan Touring platforms, or maybe another platform pedal like the MKS Urban Platform pedal. Both available reasonably priced on either ebay or Amazon brand new.
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I have big feet as well. These look like a possibility.

https://crustbikes.com/collections/p...sylvan-gordito
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...if you insist on limiting yourself to quill pedals, that look like the SP-150 that are too narrow, the widest quill pedals of which I am aware are either SP-100's, and if you can't find those used on ebay (they are pretty commonly available), the KKT Pro Vic II pedals. They are even a little wider than Campagnolo. You'll probably need to strip and service the bearings on whatever you buy used, but they don't make and sell them new any more. If you still have trouble with the quill point jabbing you, you can clamp the pedal in a bench vise and very slowly and gently bend the quill points outward, using a small pry bar.

If that still doesn't work, you're pretty much stuck using MKS Sylvan Touring platforms, or maybe another platform pedal like the MKS Urban Platform pedal. Both available reasonably priced on either ebay or Amazon brand new.

I probably wasn't clear enough, or maybe don't quite understand what a quill pedal is. My understanding is that a quill pedal is designed for old style cycling cleats, and one of the characteristics is the quill point. I do not want to use quill pedals that have quill points and are designed for cleats.

So I think I'm looking for a platform pedal that allows the use of toeclips. But it seems they come in varying widths and sizes, so I'm just looking for experienced advice on a specific model that works well for people with barges for feet. The MKS Urban Platform was one of the pedals I was considering.

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Originally Posted by dadsbikes View Post
I'm looking for some pedals to replace the original SR SP-150 quill style pedals on my '85 Trek 620. I have very wide feet and they are terribly uncomfortable due to the quill stabbing the bottoms of my feet. I have Cristophe toeclips that I plan on reusing on the new pedals. I'm looking for something that keeps the vintage-y spirit and look of the bike intact I prefer to use regular sneakers rather than any sort of purpose made cycling shoe. I've done a fair amount of looking at MKS pedals, but being unable to actually try them, I'm not sure what model would be the best. Thanks.
I've found that pedal extenders work well with toe clips for my wide 12.5 feet.
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SR Adamas - they take normal clips, so you can use the biggest you can find. I doubt you find a wider platform, and there is no quill.

The do have a nasty bit of useless steel weight on the bottoms, it can be removed with a bit of handiwork.

If you want a cage-style with no quill - MKS makes several varieties, including the "Gordito" which may suit; and as to quality, don't worry. You cannot buy a bad MKS pedal.

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I've got big feet like yourself and have had success using MKS AR-2's and just filing the quill down till it's almost the same height as the rest of the cage.
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I have big feet as well. These look like a possibility.

*sylvan gorditos*

That looks like a good candidate. It wasn't a model that I noticed and previously considered. Do you think they have enough support for a flexible soled street shoe? Thanks.

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Do you think they have enough support for a flexible soled street shoe? Thanks.
No cage-style pedal does. Even a prominent rear lip on platforms, like the Maillard CXC and the Campagnolo Athena/Chorus/etcetera, will quickly wear a groove in any rubber-soled shoe.
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So I think I'm looking for a platform pedal that allows the use of toeclips. But it seems they come in varying widths and sizes, so I'm just looking for experienced advice on a specific model that works well for people with barges for feet. The MKS Urban Platform was one of the pedals I was considering.
...the MKS Urban Platform is a very solid, modern copy of the old French Lyotard Berthet. They are a good deal, and work well for what you have in mind. People also like the Sylvan Touring (not the Sylvan Stream, which is narrower), for this use, but it has less support in the platform area. They are also a copy of a very old pedal design, which has worked very well over the years and remains popular.

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Maybe these - https://road.cc/content/review/14218...teel-half-clip - MKS Urban Platform EZY, shown here with half-clips, but it looks like they would take full clips as well.
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...MKS Urban Platform pedals work fine with full toe clips.


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Platform pedals do have platforms but they aren't actually all that wide. My first choice are Lyotard 240 or 460, they are the boxy rat-trap style but wider than most. I use them for commuting with my size 12 street shoes.
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I wear 12.5 - 13s, depending on brand. I'm loving the combination of MKS Urban Platforms, Soma deep double-gate toe clips, Velo-Orange leather straps, and Five Ten Freerider shoes.

The Velo-Orange Sabot and Touring pedals are also highly recommended, though I've never ridden either. For what it's worth, the Sabot, at 100 mm, is the widest pedal I know of that will take a toe clip and strap. The Touring is 90 mm wide, and more normal looking.

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Be sure to get yourself a pair of MKS XL DEEP toe clips. They are longer out front and taller than normal clips.

Yes, I also wear 13.


My best guess for pedals for you - MKS Sylvan Touring. I own a set of these which I use with clips and straps. They come in cup/cone ($40) or sealed bearing ($70) types.

From the MKS web site:
"The Sylvan Touring pedal has the largest step area in the Sylvan line, offering various foot position over a 94X63mm area to prevent fatigue. The pedal is double-sided and it is compatible with toe clips and straps to prevent slipping. This pedal works well for a wide variety types of shoes, as the cage plate tooth profile is grippy but not particular aggressive."




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Same issue here. Quills were often removed with a hacksaw, or just use track style pedals.


MKS Sylvan track pedals, still made!
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Same issue here. Quills were often removed with a hacksaw, or just use track style pedals.


MKS Sylvan track pedals, still made!
Nice crank!
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For what it's worth, the Sabot, at 100 mm, is the widest pedal I know of that will take a toe clip and strap. The Touring is 90 mm wide, and more normal looking.

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Data point - just measured the Adamas; 95mm.
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I've got big feet like yourself and have had success using MKS AR-2's and just filing the quill down till it's almost the same height as the rest of the cage.
I’ve done the same thing. The AR-2 is one of MKS lightest, and cheapest pedals, quite comfortable after filing off the quill, when riding wearing sneakers.
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Specialized touring pedals. I have perhaps four pairs of them, one NOS pair waiting in the wings for the frame I'm building.
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I like the idea of the flip tab thingies, because I often have trouble getting my feet back in the pedals when remounting after walking the bike up hills, lol.
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TA - you won't find them new but they will work well and will last as long as you
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Also made by MKS -

Pedal flip tabs:


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MKS GR-10. Big brother to the GR-9. Takes normal clips, but unlike rat traps or quills itís incompatible with slotted cleats as the platform is smooth and flat for use with casual shoes. Doesnít have inner raised foot-locating nub as found on Berthets or Urban Platforms. Does have flip tab.

I wear size 12 and use my GR-10s with Zefal 43 plastic MTB clips, size L/XL. I actually prefer these plastic clips to steel ones for my use case, which is 99% city riding.
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