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Old 01-24-10, 12:20 PM   #1
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Dual folding pedals

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Old 01-24-10, 12:23 PM   #2
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While playing with my favorite search engine I stumbled upon these pedals:

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More figures and a description can be found here:

http://www.google.com/patents?id=66W...age&q=&f=false

The inventor claims that this design is stronger than conventional folding pedals.

The patent is owned by VP Components http://www.vpcomponents.com and seems to be in production (see sec 25 here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNGDr6f7MhE ).

Anybody seen these pedals in person or knows where they can be purchased?

(I remember seeing these pedals mentioned in this forum but the forum search did not work for me).

Thanks,

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Saw those on a Dahon (hm, I think it was a Mu XL) at United Cycle in Edmonton, AB just the other day. I toyed with them for a minute, and thought they were interesting, but didn't analyze them too much. Since i'm going back there soon, i'll give you a more detailed impression on them.
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While playing with my favorite search engine I stumbled upon these pedals:

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More figures and a description can be found here:

http://www.google.com/patents?id=66W...age&q=&f=false

The inventor claims that this design is stronger than conventional folding pedals.

The patent is owned by VP Components http://www.vpcomponents.com and seems to be in production (see sec 25 here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNGDr6f7MhE ).

Anybody seen these pedals in person or knows where they can be purchased?

(I remember seeing these pedals mentioned in this forum but the forum search did not work for me).

Thanks,

Kam
I've got a new set of those pedals here.. I haven't mounted them to anything yet.. want to adapt some Powergrips to them first.. many other things in the fire to attend to before I play with them though... they do look nice.. you can find them on Ebay pretty cheap..
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Old 01-24-10, 05:59 PM   #5
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Saw those on a Dahon (hm, I think it was a Mu XL) at United Cycle in Edmonton, AB just the other day. I toyed with them for a minute, and thought they were interesting, but didn't analyze them too much. Since i'm going back there soon, i'll give you a more detailed impression on them.
They are VP F-80s ... Here are they are listed on their Website
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They are VP F-80s ... Here are they are listed on their Website
They look very nice indeed and even have reflectors.



Are the ones from EBay originals or cheap clones?

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They look very nice indeed and even have reflectors.



Are the ones from EBay originals or cheap clones?

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They have a VP stamp and come out of a VP box.. I'd venture they are the real deal.
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It is a standard component on more expensive Strida models. I have a pair and am quite happy with them. Since it's bi-directional, when folding the pedal you don't have to figure out to which side to bend. The silver colored one can be found on eBay for cheap. But if you'd like it in (very cool) black anodized finish, the only way to get it in the US that I know of is getting it through Areaware—can be expensive.
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What is the advantage of these pedals? Are the lighter or narrower than other folding pedals?
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Those look slick. Slippery even.
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Those look slick. Slippery even.
That's what I was thinking. Anyone with experience with these care to talk to about their gripping ability?
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The silver colored one can be found on eBay for cheap. But if you'd like it in (very cool) black anodized finish, the only way to get it in the US that I know of is getting it through Areaware—can be expensive.
Indeed they are listed on the Areaware site, both colors.

http://www.areaware.com/proddetail.a...15&subCatID=81
http://www.areaware.com/proddetail.a...15&subCatID=81

It says that the designers is Mark Sanders. Interesting. He is definitly not the inventor but maybe the industrial designer.

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Anyone with experience with these care to talk to about their gripping ability?
From my experience, they are quite good for commuting purposes. It may not be suitable for heavier uses in wet conditions. For that, you probably need high-end quick release pedals instead of folding ones anyway.
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Wow! $80 on the Areaware site. If I were in the market, I would definitely go the eBay route.

fwd-bwd... thanks for the info.
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Indeed they are listed on the Areaware site, both colors.

http://www.areaware.com/proddetail.a...15&subCatID=81
http://www.areaware.com/proddetail.a...15&subCatID=81

It says that the designers is Mark Sanders. Interesting. He is definitly not the inventor but maybe the industrial designer.

Kam
I've written an e-mail to Mark Sanders for asking about this. Here is his reply:
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Hi Amuro,
No I didn't design those ! - I think Areaware made a mistake.But a Dutch friend of mine Han Goes, was a consultant on the design.
I think Wen-Hwa is just the VP owner or a manager there.
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Brompton's folding pedal, which is on the left, the side most people carry the bike, when folded.
It is robust , offers a good shoe grip, and folds to a low profile.

you can order a different threaded core plug, it uses a large sized industrial sealed bearing,
the plug fits in the ID of the bearing.
and then one can use the same pedal on the other side,
but that's the side the front wheel folds onto,
so is not required on those bikes.
http://www.foldabikes.com/PriceListHTML/Pedal.html
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I prefer MKS
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When I went for a ride with Mark Sanders recently, he had these pedals on his 'Mark Sanders Limited Edition' Strida, he said that he wasn't that impressed with them, grip, was indeed an issue.
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