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    Folding pedals

    After my feet kept slipping off the pedals this morning, I started thinking about replacing the Suntour folding pedals on my Curve. Has anyone found A metal folding pedal that will accept clips and straps or Power Grips?
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    i am looking also. wanted to change the plastic pedal on my tokyo.

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    Not a folding pedal, but MKS has pedals with quick release mechanism. They will accept power grips or clips, whichever you choose.

    Here is a pic of mine

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    Not folding by the MKS EZ pedals are very good and can be removed easily, no tools required. And yes, they accept clips and straps.

    Scroll down here http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/pedals.htm

    I prefer the silver kind as they are symmetrical. The black ones have a top and bottom sides and you have 50% chance to place your feet right.

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    Diblaisi used to offer a folding pedal with straps and toeclips. It was expensive and I do not know if its still available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    Diblaisi used to offer a folding pedal with straps and toeclips. It was expensive and I do not know if its still available.
    You mean this one, don't you?

    http://www.diblasi.it



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    mks is expansive, if you don't need to folding your bikes every day, you can find wellgo pedals which are under $20 that in good quality. I am thinking to buy a pair after mine are broken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amuro Lee View Post
    You mean this one, don't you?

    http://www.diblasi.it



    Is that the standard Plastic Diblasi pedal just with clips and straps added, therefore explaining the higher cost, or is it a specific different pedal from the first photo?

    I did not find this a great pedal on my diblasi, but it was reasably durable. I dont understand why it did not seem well made and tended to flex abit, but the bearings lasted longer than some other folding pedals I have used.

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    I like(d) the metal pedals on my Downtube but unfortunately the spring-pin on the right pedal just wore out and the pedal won't stay locked.

    Looking around there are the MKS FD-6 metal pedal (I don't really want quick-release), "Marwi" SP-151 which may or may not be available in the US, Suntour, Wellgo (?) mentioned above.

    Which would you recommend if my primary need is strength (since I have a tough uphill), and secondary needs are nonslip with dress shoes (esp. in slightly damp weather) and ease/quickness of fold/unfolding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JugglerDave View Post
    I like(d) the metal pedals on my Downtube but unfortunately the spring-pin on the right pedal just wore out and the pedal won't stay locked.
    Is this a problem with the design of the pedal, or did you just wear yours out?

    Unfortunately, Downtube doesn't have any pedals available on their site. I emailed Dr. Yan about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by JugglerDave View Post
    Looking around there are the MKS FD-6 metal pedal (I don't really want quick-release), "Marwi" SP-151 which may or may not be available in the US, Suntour, Wellgo (?) mentioned above.
    Looks like they are: http://ridethisbike.com/products/Mar...ing-pedals.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Is this a problem with the design of the pedal, or did you just wear yours out?
    Weird. This morning the pin was 100% loose (wouldn't retract) and the pedal wouldn't stay locked, so I assumed that the spring had broken or detached. But now, in my office, it seems to have fixed itself.

    I would assume that any problems I have are due to wear and/or weather exposure. I've ridden 282 round trips commutes to work, 2392 miles, folding 3 times each trip (so 846 folds/unfolds), in almost every weather condition and temperature, road salt & slush, etc. , with very infrequent cleaning.

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    I heard from DT. The pedals are $29 shipped.

    http://www.downtube.com/Folding_Pedal_Instructions/

    Anyone know how these stack up with the Mawri pedals?
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    Dave, do the DT pedals accept clips and straps?

    Thor, the MKS pedals look sweet, but I'd rather have a folding pedal than an easily removable one. (They so make the FD-6 folding pedal, but those don't take clips according to Harris Cyclery.)
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    I just got my pair of MKS AR-2 EZY pedals-- The detachable kind.

    The mechanism is good and solid, but the build quality leaves a bit to be desired given the $60-or-so price tag. The mold lines aren't smoothed out at all and the bearings came out of the box needing to be loosened and repacked.

    The other problem I have is that the bolt holes for toe clips are a bit further outboard than on most pedals. With power grips, I find that me feet end up hanging off the edge of the pedal even though there's enough room.

    That said, not a deal breaker, and they seem like they'll last a lot longer than my plastic Dahon foldies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    Is that the standard Plastic Diblasi pedal just with clips and straps added, therefore explaining the higher cost, or is it a specific different pedal from the first photo?

    I did not find this a great pedal on my diblasi, but it was reasably durable. I dont understand why it did not seem well made and tended to flex abit, but the bearings lasted longer than some other folding pedals I have used.
    Yes, the pedal in the second photo is just the standard plastic Diblasi pedal with clip and strap added.

    Strida and IF series inventor/designer Mark Sanders praises the Diblasi pedals.
    http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/Skywalker...767&l=a&fid=19

    You can see Diblasi pedals on some of the protypes of his designs.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yBTQWGIIpc
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    That diblasi pedal is not the best folding pedal IMO, but with a clip and strap on it, that makes it worth re-avaluating IMO as a preformance folding pedal.

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