Last edited by kamtsa; 01-24-10 at 11:25 AM.
While playing with my favorite search engine I stumbled upon these pedals:
More figures and a description can be found here:
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).
Last edited by kamtsa; 01-24-10 at 11:27 AM.
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.
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.
What is the advantage of these pedals? Are the lighter or narrower than other folding pedals?
Those look slick. Slippery even.
Whenever I'm down in the dumps I get a new bike. That's where I got this one.
It says that the designers is Mark Sanders. Interesting. He is definitly not the inventor but maybe the industrial designer.
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.
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.
I prefer MKS
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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