Actually, I find them just about the easiest toe clip pedal to get into, du e the the large rear lip designed for just this purpose. Don't think "sl ippery" is an issue, unless one is riding without toeclips, which is almost never done on the track. TA pista pedals are nice, and indeed I have th em on several road bikes, but for a track bike with Stronglight 49 crank s, the Berthets are about as authentic as it gets. The late lamented She ldon's favorite pedals - mine too. BTW, for value, I don't think you can beat the MKS Sylvan track pedals. I have a pair with black anodized cag es on the Assenmacher custom touring bike I have been commuting on the la st two weeks. But not correct on a Carlton with 49D cranks.
Big Spring, Texas, USA
From: Sean Flores <email@example.com> Subject: [CR]Re: Classicrendezvous Digest, Vol 72, Issue 7 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 10:57 PM
I have to say, if you plan on riding your build out and about, Berthets might not be the best choice. I've utilized them on fixed drivetrains before and they are not the easiest to get into and also find them to be a bit "slippery". Keep in mind that riders such as Berthet and Egg were well secured into their pedals from standing starts- not a very commonplace way to get going when heading around the block.
I would lean more toward, TA, Lyotard or perhaps Campy Piste Con Dente!
Sean Flores San Francisco, CA
On Dec 2, 2008, at 9:04 AM, email@example.com
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> Subject: Re: [CR]pedal suggestions for stronglight 49D track cranks
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> Lyotard Marcel Berthet steel platform pedals. These were made from
> the 3
> 0's into the 80's. Totally appropriate for track, as Marcel Berthet
> elf is most famous for trading World Hour Records with Oscar Egg.
> Jerry Moos
> Big Spring, Texas, USA