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Old 11-07-09, 07:53 PM   #1
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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.

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.

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.

The DW was phoned and 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.

Do folding pedals tend to self-destruct in service? The folding helps me transport the bike in my van and on the boat, but I need bomb-proof pedals.

Should I swap them for something serious in a platform pedal before outback rides?
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Old 11-07-09, 08:45 PM   #2
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Usually the bearings start falling out and the pedal makes noises and becomes "floppy".

One of the folding pedals that came on my Dahon S1 had such a problem. Replaced both pedals with some cheap standard pedals from Performance. The folding pedals on our custom Bike Fridays have held up well over the past two years. I noticed that those pedals are no longer for sale on their website.

There are also quick-release pedals that might be appropriate, too. (They have a collar you pull back on to remove them.)

You might want to try Bikefold in Laguna Beach. They sell Dahon, Bike Friday and Montague.

http://www.bikefold.com/montague_bic...ccessories.htm

The above web page shows folding pedals they sell for Montague (they look like our Bike Friday and also Dahon pedals.)

Hey, NPB and the San Juans are an order above Ventura and Vancouver, USA. Sounds like you're enjoying retirement.

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Old 11-07-09, 10:19 PM   #3
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I haven't had any folding pedals fail yet, but many are kind of light duty. I've not used any of the MKS folding pedals but their regular pedals are generally a notch or two about the generic import stuff like Wellgo pedals; I'm using a couple pairs of inexpensive MKS BMX platform pedals on my big bikes now and am very satisfied. Their prices on the alloy folding FD-6 model seems competitive, in the $30 to $50 dollar range, see link below.

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Maybe someone else here can comment on the MKS FD-6's?
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Old 11-09-09, 04:23 AM   #4
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I had my left folding pedal fall off on only my third ride on a new bike. And I was going about 5kmh at a time, approaching a red traffic light. Fortunately I was, funnily enough, only 100 metres away from my town's biggest bike parts shop at the time.

So I popped in and bought MKS Ezy pedals, kind of like these. http://www.calhouncycle.com/productc...&IDCategory=22

Like you, the metal part of the folding pedal had completely broken away. Very poor!

The MKS pedals don't fold, but they are easily removable. After my bad experience with the folding pedals, I feel a bit better with the metal and strong design of these. And they're good for when you park your bike non-folded. You can nip the pedals off for a little added anti-theft protection.
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Pedals are threaded such that if the bearing seizes up, the pedal will unscrew itself and fall out.

Folding pedals are a good idea waiting to be invented. The short shaft puts unusual strains on the bearings, and they don't hold up well. Oddly, the best pair I've had, so far, was a very cheap pair I got on ebay.
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the right folding pedal on my new DT 8FH gave me indications of failure on approximately my third ride on the bike today, a telltale 'knocking' of bad pedal bearings on each pedal stroke.
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You may want to try quick release pedals instead. I personally use my MKS "EZY superior Espirit" (silly name) pedals on off-road excursions with my Pocket Llama and have had no concerns whatsoever about their durability. The interface has remained solid.
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You may want to try quick release pedals instead. I personally use my MKS "EZY superior Espirit" (silly name) pedals on off-road excursions with my Pocket Llama and have had no concerns whatsoever about their durability. The interface has remained solid.

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Quick release? Learn something new every day.

I had no idea they had such. Might be just the thing, Thanks!
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MKS folding pedals are good. Also check out VP Components:

http://www.vpcomponents.com/pedals.asp?pcat2=5#
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Perhaps you don't need folding pedals. Perhaps the increased width is just fine.
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The short shaft puts unusual strains on the bearings, and they don't hold up well. Oddly, the best pair I've had, so far, was a very cheap pair I got on ebay.
The original metal OEM "Wellgo FP-5" (?) that came on my Downtube IXNS held up for almost 3 years and 3000 miles before the bearings disintegrated. I haven't been able to find a decent replacement. I bought a replacement 'resin' pedal which broke on my 3rd ride with it. The MKS ones look like great quality but everyone says that they are too slippery in the rain.
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The original metal OEM "Wellgo FP-5" (?) that came on my Downtube IXNS held up for almost 3 years and 3000 miles before the bearings disintegrated. I haven't been able to find a decent replacement. I bought a replacement 'resin' pedal which broke on my 3rd ride with it. The MKS ones look like great quality but everyone says that they are too slippery in the rain.
i have MKS-FD6 and i like it so much. an inmprovement over the OEM on my dahon mu xl. i haven;t ridden it in a rain though so i can't comment on that but majority of the users mentioned about the pedal being too slippery when it's raining. but if you're going to ask me how the quality is - i would say it is good.
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