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Old 04-17-07, 02:13 PM   #1
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Selecting New Pedals

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I just purchased a new 2007 Dahon Speed P8 & I want to replace the 'plastic' pedals. I want to use toe clips, so I've been considering the MKS EZY detachable pedals. Does anyone have experience with these? I've used MKS pedals in the past without a problem, but I wonder how durable the 'quick release' feature will be. Any other suggestions?

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Old 04-17-07, 02:46 PM   #2
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Hi
I habe this ones MKS MM Cube Pedal with Cleats and my wife have the normal ones with out cleats and the are ver good boths
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Old 04-17-07, 04:29 PM   #3
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*cough* go clipless *cough*

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I've had them for just a couple of months (actually, one pair of the cube and one pair of the pedals you're looking at) and haven't had any problems. I like having the ability to easily switch out the pedals when there are times that I don't want to go clipless. But I have no way of predicting how durable the quick-release mechanism will be over an extended period of time.
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The quick-release mechanism (i.e. pulling back on the couple) can get sticky in that once you pull it, it stays and doesn't spring back - you have to push it forward to lock in the pedal. It's no big deal, but I have two pairs and each pair has at least one sticky one. Once locked in though, no complaints about the ride or durability issues.
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*cough* go clipless *cough*

*cough* no *cough*

The other bikes are clipless. I want to ride this bike without changing shoes.
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The quick-release mechanism (i.e. pulling back on the couple) can get sticky in that once you pull it, it stays and doesn't spring back - you have to push it forward to lock in the pedal. It's no big deal, but I have two pairs and each pair has at least one sticky one. Once locked in though, no complaints about the ride or durability issues.
Same here. The little removable plastic retention clips ensure that the pedals are locked properly, but they're easy to lose. I still have them on one bike, but if they go missing, I'll do without them, as I do on the other bike.

I've got the one sided AR-2 version on two bikes, with Power Grips. I believe toeclips could also be easily mounted.
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The QR works fine. I do put some Pedros wax in it when I was my chain. The QR has a little gasket that protects it a bit.

Afer a bit more than a year of almost daily use the bearings on my pedals froze, I drilled a small hole in the plastic cap and injected some oil, they unfroze.

I like them as a theft deterrent.
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I use the MKS EZ on our Downtube. The QR mechanism isn't the greatest. You really have to make sure it clicks in place, and mud or other debris will greatly affect its ability to do so. This can obviously be quite dangerous if you are jamming along and a pedal falls off. Otherwise, I like them a lot.

What about short clipless pedals and a plastic clip on dongle for regular shoes? There is one for Wellgo and Shimano pedals. PricePoint sells a $22 Wellgo road pedal that is 270gms and of fair quality (can get slightly stuck). But if you don't mind an 8mm jut, you can get the pedal and dongle for much less than the MKS pedals. Not sure whether this is the solution for you, just throwing it out.
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What about short clipless pedals and a plastic clip on dongle for regular shoes?
I, for one, would go this route if I didn't need the compact fold to fit in the carry bag.
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Detachable Pedals

I have a pair of very similar MKS detachable pedals, which are entirely satisfactory.
They have several advantages over most folding pedals:
(a) The bearings are spread wide apart much like normal pedals. Most folding pedals have the bearings very close together and that gives increased wear and shortens the life of the pedals.
(b) When the pedals are removed, the bike is effectively narrower than it would be with folding pedals folded. So good for transporting and for storage. Even the best folding pedals (folded) are inclined to catch on things as you pass by.
(c) When you leave the bike, you take the pedals with you, so the bike is unrideable by a potential thief.
(d) The pedals are not "handed" and you do not need a spanner to fit them in normal usage. The small spigot piece which fits into the crank and remains there, is initially fitted with a hexagon wrench.
So, quite a good design which should outlive most convential folding pedals, I think.
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(c) When you leave the bike, you take the pedals with you, so the bike is unrideable by a potential thief.
(d) The pedals are not "handed" and you do not need a spanner to fit them in normal usage. The small spigot piece which fits into the crank and remains there, is initially fitted with a hexagon wrench.
Sounds useful.

Have you got a pointer to a page with pictures that highlight some of these features please?

Did you buy them in the UK?

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Interesting , I just purchased a 2007 speed p8 and it has metal pedals ??
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Interesting , I just purchased a 2007 speed p8 and it has metal pedals ??

You're a lucky guy! Are the folders?
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I think you meant are they folders , and yes they are
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old post, but just for fullness of information the quick release MKS also has a clipless version,so you can buy one set of each and swop them as reguired. They are simular to SPD but need MKS cleats .
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