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Old 04-23-09, 09:03 PM   #1
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Regarding the "Safety Clips" on MKS Quick release pedals.

I have the MKS quick release Cube pedals. They come with safety clips to prevent accidental dis-engagement of the pedals from the crank arms.

I'm thinking of going without the safety clips.

Is this a good idea? For me, it's just too much of a hassle to remove the safety clips every time I want to remove the pedals. The quick release mechanism has a tight enough tolerance that I don't see how it would dislodge by itself in normal everyday use.
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Old 04-23-09, 09:14 PM   #2
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my MKS pedals disengage often when riding without the safety clip. this may have to do with the fact that i am using full old style toe clips and straps. it is annoying and i now always use the safety clips with zero issues. The times a pedal came of were no biggie, it just stayed attached to my foot and didnt send me flying into oncoming traffic or anything, but you never know...
my recommendation would be to use them always. it is worth the minor hassle of removing them to get the pedals off...
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Old 04-23-09, 10:00 PM   #3
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I pitched them and have never had a problem. To me at least, the chief purpose of the safety clip was not to prevent accidental release, but to insure you slid the coupler all the way into a locked position. Fail to do that and you could not install the clip. So if you think you can remember to slide the coupler into a locked position, and be able to tell that they are indeed locked, then you don't need them.

I have heard stories of certain shoe, pedal, and clip combos actually actuating the QR coupler. I have never seen or had it happen to me. So I cannot comment.
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Old 04-24-09, 02:25 AM   #4
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I had these on my Dahon MU SL. Used for a year without the safety clips. No problems at all.
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Old 04-24-09, 02:34 AM   #5
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srsly,
if i dont use the safety clip, a pedal comes off every 3-4 minutes. annoying as hell!
as mentioned, it may be the toe cages/straps i am using rubbing the release mech the wrong way.
I am switching to powergrips soon so I will experiment with safety-clipless riding then
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Old 04-24-09, 02:58 AM   #6
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Thanks every one.

So I guess the consensus is that it is safe to forgo the safety clips.

For longer rides I will slip on the clips on for peace of mind per ChiapasFixed's experience.
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Old 04-24-09, 07:11 AM   #7
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I was using MKS MKS EZ, AR-2 QR pedals up until recently and I never used the safety clips because (a) I had to fumble a bit to get the safety clips off, (b) I ended up with greasy fingers, (c) I had more parts to keep track of (and potentially lose), (d) I never had *any* problems with the pedals releasing while riding. Also, I should mention I had half toeclips mounted on them.

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Old 04-24-09, 07:20 AM   #8
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I doubt they're necessary on the Cubes. The cleats will keep your feet from touching the releases. On the MT-E pedals, the pedaling surface slopes inwards so when they get wet your feet slide over the release collars and the safety clips are definitely needed.
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