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Old 09-11-07, 01:25 PM   #1
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Folding Pedals - The options?

I have put together an article on Folding Pedals at http://www.bikesthatfold.com/content/view/28/ which lists all the options currently on the market.

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Old 09-11-07, 01:32 PM   #2
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Hey - that's really useful thanks. I need some new folding pedals. I quite fancy the MKS ones, but the Brompton ones look good too.
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Great stuff - I find most folding pedals have got downsides (weight, not much folding, too flexible, one sided) so your guide was really useful - thankyou. 2 more options: use a narrow non-folding pedal (eg clipons or VP220's) or another totally different folding pedal from Di-Blasi (a clever italian steel folder maker). See page 12 of their Manual.

great site BTW - keep up the good work
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Old 09-12-07, 09:11 AM   #4
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Thanks Simple Simon, I should have included the VP pedals, which are sold under various
brands. http://www.vpcomponents.com/pedals.asp?pcat2=5#

Not Stricly folding, there is also the MKS detatchable pedals.
"http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/pedals.html"
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... See page 12 of their Manual.
Oh, that is cool. I especially like the instructions: "The pedal is tested for a load of 150 Kg: nevertheless
check it for any crack after accidental crash or surcharge."

I know, I know, no point getting snarky about good translations gone bad, it's just funny sometimes.
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An excellent list of folding pedals. Thankyou.
The problem with most folding pedals is that the closer together the bearings are then the quicker they wear out. Put the bearings further apart and they do not fold so neatly. So, as with folding bikes, and so many other things in life, the end result is something of a compromise.
My personal preference, after having worn out several different sets of folding pedals is the removable ones which were mentioned, and as fitted to the Dahon Curve SL, these being the MKS MTS-2EZY.
Apart from being quickly removed and re-fitted, they are a good anti-theft deterent. No-one is going to ride your bike away very quickly without pedals. But lock it as well to be sure. Also whilst you have the pedals off the bike, take care not to lose them!
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Nice site. Maybe I'll upgrade to a lower profile pedal.

Dahon is supposedly going to be introducing some new ultra low profile pedals.
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I am looking now for pedals as I bought a Downtube 2007 FS and wore out one pedal after 1.5 weeks and 160 miles of use. Supposidly he is sending another one but my suspician is that they are not high quality anyway so I will use the list for another set.
You bring up a good point that the MKS MTS-2EZY ones are a theft detterent. Never thought of that. But now I got to carry them with me when I go in somewhere.

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The problem with most folding pedals is that the closer together the bearings are then the quicker they wear out. Put the bearings further apart and they do not fold so neatly. So, as with folding bikes, and so many other things in life, the end result is something of a compromise.
My personal preference, after having worn out several different sets of folding pedals is the removable ones which were mentioned, and as fitted to the Dahon Curve SL, these being the MKS MTS-2EZY.
Apart from being quickly removed and re-fitted, they are a good anti-theft deterent. No-one is going to ride your bike away very quickly without pedals. But lock it as well to be sure. Also whilst you have the pedals off the bike, take care not to lose them!
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I agree, that is a very useful point to note that the MKS MTS-2EZY clip pedals have the added bonus in that they act as a theft detterent, a certain type of bike robber will not be interested in a bike without pedals.

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An excellent list of folding pedals. Thankyou
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My personal preference, after having worn out several different sets of folding pedals is the removable ones which were mentioned, and as fitted to the Dahon Curve SL, these being the MKS MTS-2EZY.
Apart from being quickly removed and re-fitted, they are a good anti-theft deterent. No-one is going to ride your bike away very quickly without pedals. But lock it as well to be sure. Also whilst you have the pedals off the bike, take care not to lose them!
A very good list, yes.

I have the MKS Panoramas, & they probably deter a "ride away" thief, but no deterrent to a "I'll just stick that bike in my van" thief. I have Zefal toe clips attached to mine & that does make them bulky to carry, so I'll look at Powergrips next. The main problem carrying them is the grease on the spindles, so I'm looking for a suitable plastic sleeve.

If you stick the folder in a car prior to a long drive, check you have the pedals before you set off :-)
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