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MKS Lambda Pedals - 9/16", Silver

by MKS
4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
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  • High polished light alloy body
  • Anodized finish sure grip cage
  • Sealed mechanism
  • Not toe clip compatible
  • 420g per pair
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Product Description

MKS Lambda Pedals.
Item Specifications
ColorSilver
Weight420g
Intended UseRoad
MaterialAluminum
Pedal Spindle9/16"
Material (Spindle)Chromoly
Pedal TypePlatform

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 1.2 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001GSQVEE
  • Item model number: Lambda
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,833 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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These pedals were apparently made by MKS with design input from Rivendell Bicycle Works, the traditional/retro-grouch bicycle shop and boutique bike maker run by Grant Petersen. Rivendell calls these the Grip King Pedals, and as near as I can tell these are the same product.

Go to rivbike.com to read Grant's rant about clipless pedals, which he calls the "great shoe ruse," and his impassioned argument about why it's silly to use clipless pedals/cleats on bicycles (unless you're racing).

I'm not ready to drink the Rivendell Kool-Aid and give up my clipless pedals, but these MKS Lambda pedals are really a nice change of pace. They allow you to ride a bike with "normal" shoes, but they still give you enough grip that your feed won't slide around. Because of the wide platform surfaces, they also avoid pressure on your feet and help you avoid foot pain or "hot spots" which sometimes can occur when riding bikes w/cleats.

They appear to be well made, and are not as heavy as you might think from looking at the photo (though certainly not as light as good clipless pedals).
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By Qrieput on September 8, 2009
I commute 15 miles round trip to work three days a week. I'm still not brave enough to go clipless but wanted better pedals than the stock pedals on my Specialized Dolce road bike. I hated taking off from red lights and the flip side of the stock pedal had a slight 'bump' in the middle after a mile or two would hurt the arch of my foot. I got tired of looking down to flip it over, missing the pedal entirely trying to keep the 'right' side up, etc. I started to research on the best platform pedals for road bikes that were out there and found these. From the looks on various websites they looked heavy and wide but I loved the length. There was no way my foot could miss those on a jump start.

I purchased on amazon (they had the best price!). Recieved in a week or so and they were surprisingly a lot lighter than they look. Love the double reflectors so no matter how it flips it'll always be there. I like how it covers a large portion of my feet so that I'm not just using my toes or the middle section, it allows me to "float" to find the most comfortable pedaling position for me.

I'm very happy with my purchase and don't regret buying them at all. Happy that I found them through various bike forums and aren't heavy at all. Great pedals
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If there's one thing I have always struggled with, it's riding a bike with clips on the pedals. Of course, I am the kind of person who also hates the feel of sheets that are tightly tucked under the mattress, so I'm going to favor platform pedals in general - I hate having any part of my body bound. There are two schools: you either like platforms or you don't, and I respect both views - whatever suits you. That said, I find these pedals quite attractive: made of shinny, textured metal, to prevent slipping, and they feature yellow reflectors on both the front and rear. To my surprise, they really are quite light - the pictures, somehow, make them look heavier than they actually are. Finally, I love the generous surface of the pedals, which makes me feel comfortable when pedaling with any type of sandal, shoe or boot that I own. Those nice folks at Rivendell sell something very similar, if not identical, called the King Pedal, for lots more $$$. I bought mine at Amazon, however, and I'm totally satisfied with them - and I saved some money, to boot. Consider them.
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3/27/15 - I'd like to quickly update the my earlier review, which appears below. The pedals still get four stars - I've been mostly satisfied with them. Where they've fallen short for me is when I wear stiffer-soled cycling specific shoes (a cheap pair of Shimano lace-ups I've had since 2012, sans clip-in hardware) - the pedals' surface is far too slippery for me to maintain secure-feeling contact through the shoes' soles. When I use these pedals with sneaker-like shoes, however, their best qualities manifest themselves in longer and rough ride comfort.

Lately, with my road bikes, I've liked using old-fashioned toe clips, mostly to manage foot-placement, but also to secure my feet to the pedals. Sure, I've fallen off the bike a couple of times or been unable to easily manage re-inserting my left foot after having to stop in traffic, but it has become a lot more automatic.

What I've done, though, since buying a Craigslist cyclocross bike without pedals, is that I've moved pedals around from bike to bike. I eventually got around to putting the MKS Lambdas on the '07 Jamis Supernova (pictured with this review) for the shear ease of unplanned monkeying around, and have liked them on that bike a lot. Last weekend, I took the Jamis to a maze of disused military roads - broken/degraded tarmac, rutted mud, gravel, dirt, brush, leaves, streams to ford, etc. In 17 miles of this kind of riding (and the Jamis was good to ride almost anywhere I'd ride my mountain bike out there), while wearing old New Balance trail runners, my feet only slipped off the pedals one time, when I crashed in a muddy-bottomed creek (because my tires had no purchase in the bottom silt and my momentum was insufficient to get me through) - only then did my feet come off the pedals because they'd slipped.
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