Stuff We Like: MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals

MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals are essentially copies of the old Lyotard and Campagnolo touring pedals. They aren’t the grippiest pedals out there, they don’t offer the most support, they’re relatively heavy, and they don’t even have the best bearings among the various offerings from MKS, but all that said, they’re still my favorite pedals. Maybe it’s because I grew up with department store “Rat Trap” pedals that looked and felt like these, but the way they sit under my feet when I’m wearing sneakers or sandals just feels right. When I think of a generic, universal pedal, the MKS Sylvan Touring is what comes to mind; they’re the modern incarnation of a cycling icon.

14 Responses to “Stuff We Like: MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals”

  • adrian says:

    agreed, have them on 3 or 4 bikes, mixte, fixed, pass hunter and it works for all of them beautifully.

  • Elliott @ Violet Crown Cycles says:

    Agreed as well. These are the standard pedals I spec on my Ferguson city bikes. For the cost, they look great and function well for transportation cycling.

  • Jose says:

    I like them too! Maybe too much – I attempted to use them for somewhat technical trail riding. Not a very bright idea. Other than that, they’re awesome. I have two pairs.

  • Ant says:

    I feel the same way. Every time I think about putting new pedals on a bike they’re the first one that comes to mind. My favorite bikes either have these or grip kings, for some reason MKS pedals just work best for me too.

  • bongobike says:

    Another fan here. I have them on my city bike, and they are wonderful. They came from the factory very lightly greased and perhaps a little too tight, so the first thing I did was disassemble them, slather them up with gobs of grease, and adjusted the bearings so they spin freely. These puppies are smoooooth…

  • Leaf S. says:

    I have them on my commuter. I was using Grip Kings and then switched back to these which I find more comfortable. Good stuff.

  • Joe says:

    My problem is that I never find rubber pedals with the option of adding toeclips. The only options in the market are:

    -rubber/plastic pedals. Great in the dry, very slippery when wet, no possibility to add toeclips (unless you drill the holes yourself). Usually on the low end of the market, so they don’t last long.

    -metalic pedals. Good quality, longer lasting, easy installation of toeclips. The problem is that their rugged surface (to add grip, but not really needed with toeclips) destroy my shoes, runners, or whatever I’m wearing (not forgetting my legs when I’m not careful).

    I like to cycle with my street clothes when I’m commuting, but pedals like these ruin the soles of my shoes. Pedal manufacturers out there, please fill this market gap, make a good quality rubber pedal with the option of toeclips!!!

  • 2whls3spds says:

    Another huge fan of the MKS Touring pedals. I always keep a pair on the shelf in my shop so I can add them to a bike at a moment’s notice. Currently have them installed on 4 or 5 of my bikes.


  • The Opoponax says:

    I’m with you, Joe. My main complaint isn’t my shoes but the fact that I get clunked in the back of my ankle or lower calf with the spiky metal at least once every few weeks. The ‘rat trap’ pedals are the most painful and inconvenient part of my bike, actually.

  • Charlie says:

    I have these on one bike, but I’ve gotten tired of having to replace the plastic dust cap–it cracks when the bike falls on pavement, or perhaps in collisions at the bike racks.

  • Alan says:


    My MKS Sylvans all have metal dust caps. Are you sure what you have is this same pedal?


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