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    FOLDING PEDAL falls off on ride. Common?

    FOLDING PEDAL falls off on ride. Common?

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    I was having such a nice ride out in Irvine, CA.

    Just about up to the entrance to the Hicks Canyon Trail at Portola Parkway and pedaling away when the left pedal fell off and skittered down the walk. I watched it bounce along and thought: This is not good. 13.62 miles out. Long walk. Short ride.

    The shaft had sheared off. Looks like metal fatigue. Not a very thick shaft. Suitable for small children, perhaps. Not a senior bear. The left one is the one that gets stood on in starting and stopping. I am not an UberClyde. More like ClydeLite - 240# of muscle and stored food reserves.

    Learning to ride with one pedal was interesting. It can be done on the flat and downhill. Uphill, ya got issues. Happily, Hicks Canyon was downhill and I did 12+ knots to the bottom, mostly coasting. It's a very nice bike trail with center planter strip, horse trail opposite, benches, water, and trail lighting. Must be a nice walk or ride at night. Irvine does a good job on bike trails.

    The DW was phoned, pressed into service as the sag wagon and recovered me from a local park. Sure glad I was not 15 miles up some canyon or out in the boonies as I was much of the summer. Not much car access out there.

    GIVING DIS WHERE DIS IS DUE...

    The bike is a Montague Swiss Bike LX, which came into service 6 months ago and has been riding urban pavement, bike trails and rail trails since then. Nothing exciting and no issues with the bike itself.

    I am a Geezer and a Geezer's gotta know his limits. Seventeen was 50 years back. No hucking and such.

    The pedal is the folding model sold by Montague for it's folding bike.

    I was about to buy another pair for my new Specialized FSR XC, but there was a note about Montague not standing behind them. Whatever that meant? Perhaps I will find out.

    CLYDE-RATED PLATFORM PEDALS???

    We need to rate pedals like ladders. I don't buy anything less than a 300# rated ladder.

    Do folding pedals tend to self-destruct in service? The folding feature helps me transport the bike in my van and on the boat, but I need bomb-proof pedals. Who wants to hoof umpteen miles back? I carry enough stuff on the bike. Do I need to carry spare pedals or just the left one?

    Should I swap them for something serious in a platform pedal before outback rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolbear View Post
    240# of muscle and stored food reserves.
    Sorry about your luck, I have no idea about folding pedals...until your post I didn't even know there was such a thing. I just had to mention I love your muscle and food reserve line. It was a true LOL moment when I read it.

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    +1 never heard of a folding pedal before now just looking at them on harris cyclery now. depends on what bike you have i'd suggest any sort of downhill or dirt jumping pedals cos they would be made to take a beating. but if its a lightweight road bike you have i'm not sure. i have a pair of Looks on mine that are literally 15+ years old and still going strong

    glad you made it back ok though. yeah one leg cycling is not that fun really. ha ha
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    Being over 200#, I am sorry, but I would never even consider using a folding pedal.

    IMHO, that would be akin to using a folding wheel. Just simply to vital to weaken in that way.

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    That bike looks dreadful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by takingcontrol View Post
    Sorry about your luck, I have no idea about folding pedals...until your post I didn't even know there was such a thing. I just had to mention I love your muscle and food reserve line. It was a true LOL moment when I read it.
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    Yes, I know where my next meal is coming from in event of emergency. I am wearing it. Probably wearing a month of meals or more. Just in care. Gotta be prepared.

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    pedals fold? eek. Get thee some Time ATACs and call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breadbin View Post
    +1 never heard of a folding pedal before now just looking at them on harris cyclery now. depends on what bike you have i'd suggest any sort of downhill or dirt jumping pedals cos they would be made to take a beating. but if its a lightweight road bike you have i'm not sure. i have a pair of Looks on mine that are literally 15+ years old and still going strong

    glad you made it back ok though. yeah one leg cycling is not that fun really. ha ha
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    They are common in folding bikes, 'cause they fold up and get out of the way.

    The SwissBike is a folding hardtail mountain bike.

    I have ordered a set of DMR V8s from PricePoint. Now I need to remove some of the studs or wear shin guards or both. The new FSRxc doesn't fold and I can carry it in the van with fixed pedals. It rides on the left side, lashed to the air mattresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    That bike looks dreadful.

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    Does that sound suspiciously like "calling my dog ugly?" I suspect so.

    That's the bike new. When I finish the Gutterbunnyization process, it looks a tad different. I suspect you would be aghast.

    On a brighter note, it folds up and fits on the lazarette hatch on my yacht, so I have a ride at the far end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    That bike looks dreadful.

    Never seen one of those in person, but it looks a awful lot like my favorite mountain bikes ever...


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