I’ve never been so indeterminate on my pedal selection for any of my bikes. I was pumped to be able to put some sweet Suntour XC Pro’s on my wife’s bike, they’re real nice, she loves them. Even though I grew a little jealous, I didn’t do much about it. I was content to ride these on my road bike:

Crank Brothers Candy

These were pedals I got for cheap at Interbike a couple of years ago. They’re so so, I’ve unclipped from them more times than I ever did with my old SPD PD515’s. (This post is reminding me a bit of a museum I just got linked to from Bike Hugger. My own little pedal museum of sorts.) After these problematic Candies, I came into ownership of some Campy cages that are a bit too long for the ultra-tight geometry of my road bike—finding medium clips for these pedals is proving difficult.

But this post isn’t about those pedals, this is a bit more in relation to my last post about pedals, the much unanswered query as to why the MKS Sylvan’s have that moniker. This post is about these pedals, the Sylvan inspiration:


These are sweet beyond comparison, and no they’re not going on my beater IRO cargo fixie. They’re going on the Coppi, with nice black alloy toe-clips. (Gotta find some trick straps still.) These were also gotten at a good price; trade is always a good way to do things, just some clicks of the camera and voilá. (More on that in the next couple of weeks—there’ll be a slideshow coming online soon detailing the build of someone’s special Marinoni.)

But that’s not all this post is about… wait, there’s more.

Just yesterday, a few visitors came into the shop and introduced us to some pretty rad accents for these sweet pedals, among other things, check these out.


How nice is that red leather going to look on those black toe-clips? When I get around to sewing them up I’ll have some more pictures to share. The same dude also makes a really subtle and classy looking top tube cover. To the three of you that came into the shop, Hugo, Timmy, and Yohei, thanks! Hope to see you down at NAHBS, keep an eye out Sunday!

Rest in Peace

A definite loss to the cycling world, the death of Sheldon Brown certainly came as a surprise to me. Condolences to his family and friends. Here are some news articles on his passing, Bicycle Retailer and Bike Magic.

Surely we’ve all perused the pages at Sheldon Brown’s Bicycle Technical Info for either solutions to bike problems or answers to some bicycle curiosity in the past. His glossary is unequaled anywhere online. But as much of the time I’ve personally spent on the site, for some reason I never came across any of his products: Superleggero Bearing Balls and the Geomagnetic Booster both seem wildly “useful”. The man’s humor was ever present in his technical info, one of my favorites though, found in his glossary indexed within I-K.

One of my favorite French puns. The letter “K” is pronounced “kah”, the number “7” is “sept” (the “p” is silent, like the “p” in swimming.) Thus, “K-7” is “kah-sept” or “cassette.” I first encountered this in a French electronics catalogue, and it took me quite a while to figure it out. As far as I know, the French only use this abbreviation for tape cassettes, but I have fallen into the habit of using it as a shorthand for freehub cassettes.

I’m a fan of puns and twists in language, admittedly, the “p” in swimming still makes me laugh. Hearing the news of his passing was sad indeed. Rest in peace, it would have been nice to have properly known you.

Spirit of the Woods?

Today’s Word of the Day (or here).


The ubiquitous MKS track pedal. They’re nice, they work, they’re fun (and sometimes necessary) to rebuild. Are they my “Spirit of the Woods”? Not really sure…. Maybe I’d feel more mythical were I riding Custom Nuevo’s, but that’s another story. As an aside, those are Soma four-gate clips (available at the shop) with double-straps, they work pretty well and are pretty affordable too.

How many people out there are using these pedals do you think? I’ve seen criticism of their ubiquity online. But I guess the purpose of this post is really to question why they have “Sylvan” on them? Anyone know? I believe their inspiration had something else written on them: nice gallery images here.

Just curious I guess….