The battle against toe overlap has been won.
I have finally gotten my Power Grips and have been using them for quite a few weeks now, including our big bike ride to Kinglake and back. What can I say? I’m in love.
I got my power grips delivered from the UK as there are no stockists in Australia. I got them from Chain Reaction cycles. Unfortunately, as I excitedly opened my first package from them I thought I had gone crazy – the box was empty. I contacted them and it turns out someone had actually forgotten to put them in the box. So another 2 weeks wait for them to be delivered – well worth the wait.
The Power Grips are easy to install, and look so much less ‘clunky’ on my bike then other velcro alternatives.
Touring with Power Grips, is it a good idea?
Since I have taken off my toe cages I have not had any problems when my toes do (very occasionally) hit my wheel, not like the huge spills I was taking with the cages on.
Without my toe cages on I did miss the power of the upward stroke and the Power Grips provide this in spades. I may even go as so far to say that the power grips feel like I get even more power in my upward stroke then when I used my toe cages.
The power grips are so easy to get your foot in and out of. No scary stops at all.
I left my straps a bit long and did not cut off the excess (as the producers recommend on the directions), this means I can tighten and loosen the straps according to what shoes I am wearing.
Another delightful effect also seems to be that the numbness in my feet that I often get on long rides has disappeared. I don’t know if this is the combined effect of my new saddle and Power Grips, but whatever it is I am not complaining. Touring is hard enough, but touring with power grips should make things just a little easier.